UI for creating answer files for Vista

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 2 Sept. 2008 / Last Updated on 3 July 2008]

Here’s an online site you can use to create answer files for installing Vista

The supported method for creating answer files for unattended installation of Windows Vista is to use the Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM). You could also create answer files manually using Notepad if you wanted to, but you’d better validate your answer files using Windows SIM since XML syntax can be messy to work with by hand.

Here’s a third alternative I’ve found: this web page lets you create a Vista answer file by making your selections using a forms-based interface. Two caveats: there are only a limited number of settings you can configure, and I can’t vouch for the group who maintains this page as I don’t know them, so this recommendation is presented to you as-is with no guarantees!

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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