Using Vista answer files with Windows 7

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 15 March 2011 / Last Updated on 25 Jan. 2010]

Can you use answer files created for Windows Vista to perform unattended installs of Windows 7?

Can you use answer files created for Windows Vista to perform unattended installs of Windows 7? Maybe. The platforms are very similar and their answer files use the same XML format, but some subtle differences may apply. To find out whether the answer file you created for Vista will work with Windows 7, open the answer file using Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM) on a computer on which Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) 2.0 has been installed and validate the answer file against the Windows 7 catalog. Any errors or warnings will be displayed in the messages pane of Windows 7. See my article Deploying Vista – Part 6: Using Windows SIM to learn more about how to use this tool.

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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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