Turning on Windows features during an unattended install

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 24 July 2008 / Last Updated on 3 July 2008]

How to turn on Windows features during an unattended install of Vista.

When you install Vista, the in-box games are not enabled by default and so don’t appear on the Start menu. However, you can configure answer file settings to cause FreeCell (my favorite) for example to be automatically enabled on a Vista installation. To do this, you have to add the Windows Foundation package to your answer file and then select the checkbox beside FreeCell under Games in the Properties pane of Windows SIM. Obviously this tip isn’t just for games! If you want to install Vista with any Windows feature enabled, you can do this using an answer file like this.

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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