Changing the Display Resolution in Windows PE during LTI

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 18 May 2011 / Last Updated on 11 April 2010]

How to change the display resolution in Windows PE during a Lite Touch installation using MDT 2010.

You can specify a different display resolution using the unattend.xml contained in a Lite Touch Windows PE boot image. In MDT 2010, the XML template files for boot images are Unattend_PE_.xml where is either x86 or x64. These template files are found at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\. By default, these template look like this:

        ">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State">;
           
                16
                1024
                60
                768
                      
                    Lite Touch PE
                    1
                    wscript.exe X:\Deploy\Scripts\LiteTouch.wsf
 

To change the display resolution for Windows PE, modify the appropriate settings shown above. Note however that by default Windows PE uses the Standard VGA driver, so this will limit your available resolution choices unless you inject additional out-of-box video drivers.

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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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