Disable F8 during LTI install

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 14 July 2011 / Last Updated on 30 July 2012]

How do prevent users from opening a WinPE command prompt during LTI install using MDT 2010.

MDT 2010 allows you to press F8 during the install process in order to open a WinPE command prompt if this is needed. You might want to disable this functionality however in a production deployment environment to prevent end-users from accidentally interrupting installation.

To disable F8 keypress functionality for MDT, use Notepad to open the the winpeshl.ini file found in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates directory of your MDT 2010 installation and replace /Bootstrap with /BootstrapNoSF8 in these text files.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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