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Chapter 3. Installation > Using Installation Switches

Using Installation Switches

Depending on your needs and the type of installation you are performing, you can modify the behaviors and actions of the Windows XP Professional Setup routing by using various switches. Depending on how you are installing Windows XP Professional, there are two methods you can use to call the Setup routine: by using the winnt.exe command or by using the winnt32.exe command. Some typical reasons to use switches include unattended installations, using Dynamic Update, installing the Recovery Console, and changing the location for the installation source files, to name a few.

Winnt32.exe

Let's look first at the more useful, and likely, winnt32.exe command. The winnt32.exe command can be used to perform a clean installation or an upgrade installation of Windows XP Professional. You can run the winnt32.exe command at the command prompt from any computer running one of the following operating systems:


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