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For a Microsoft Windows XP version of this article, see 314460.
The Windows 2000 System Preparation (Sysprep.exe), the Riprep tool, and Answer File usage is different from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. In addition, the answer file name and location where it needs to reside for Setup is changed.
The following parameters can be used with the Sysprep.exe (and Riprep) tool:
pnp - Force Plug and Play enumeration on next restart
quiet - Run in Silent mode, with no dialog boxes
nosidgen - Do not regenerate security ID on restart
reboot - Automatically restart when the Sysprep.exe tool is finished
NOTE: There is not a parameter for specifying the Mini-Setup Wizard answer file. The answer file must be renamed to Sysprep.inf, and must reside in the Sysprep folder in the root of the drive on which Windows is installed. If the Sysprep folder is named differently, Setup ignores it.
The answer file's format and parameters use the same format as the Unattended.txt file, but only the following sections and parameters are supported. The answer file can be created by using a text editor or the Setupmgr.exe tool included with the Microsoft Windows Resource Kit.
[Unattended] OemSkipEula OemPnPDriversPath ExtendOemPartition InstallFilesPath UpdateHAL UpdateUPHAL KeepPageFile [GuiUnattended] AdminPassword Autologon AutoLogonAccountCreation AutoLogonCount OEMDuplicatorString OEMSkipRegional OEMSkipWelcome TimeZone OEMDuplicatorString TimeZone [UserData] All keys are supported [LicenseFilePrintData] All keys are supported [GuiRunOnce] [Display] All keys are supported [RegionalSettings] All keys are supported [Networking] InstallDefaultComponents=Yes key is supported. InstallDefaultComponents=No is not supported. For additional information, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
247952 The InstallDefaultComponents Key in the Networking Section Always Defaults to Yes
271369 Statically-Entered TCP/IP Settings Are Not Present After Sysprep
[Identification] All keys are supported [NetClients] All keys for Client Services for Microsoft Networks and Client Services for Netware are supported. [TapiLocation] All keys are supported. The values will only be valid if a modem is present on the computer. [Fax] All keys are supported [Oem_Ads] All keys are supported
For a detailed explanation about answer files and a list of valid parameter values, please refer to the Unattend.doc file in the Support\Tools\Deploy.cab folder on the Windows CD-ROM.