Specifying the target partition for unattended install of Vista

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 15 July 2008 / Last Updated on 3 July 2008]

Here is a tip on specifying the target partition when performing an unattended install of Windows Vista.

When you create an answer file for unattended installation of Vista, you must specify which partition and which disk drive you want to install the operating system onto. You normally do this by configuring the following component:

Microsoft-Windows-Setup\InstallImage\OSImage\InstallTo

Normally, you configure the settings named DiskID and PartitionID for this component. But if you simply want to install Vista on the first partition of your first hard drive, leave these settings blank and instead go to the following component:

Microsoft-Windows-Setup\InstallImage\OSImage

and set the value of InstallToAvailablePartition to True.

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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