Migrating unattend.txt to unattend.xml

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 23 July 2008 / Last Updated on 3 July 2008]

Here is a quick tip for migrating your XP answer files to Vista.

If you’ve created answer files for unattended deployment XP and you want to create similar ones for deploying Vista, there’s a resource you should know about that can help you. Just do the following:

  1. Install the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) on a computer.
  2. Open the Unattended Windows Setup Reference (Unattend.chm).
  3. Find the following topic: Unattended Windows Setup Reference\Overview of the Unattended Windows Setup Reference\Changes in Unattended Setup Settings\Migration of Unattend.txt Settings

This reference lists all unttend.txt settings for XP and their corresponding unattend.xml settings for Vista, if they exist. Then use this reference to build a new answer file for Vista that will do similar things to what your old XP answer files used to do.

For more information on deploying Vista, see my series of articles titled Deploying Vista right here on WindowsNetworking.com.

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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