[kwlug-disc] FreeDOS

Colin Mackay zixiekat at gmail.com
Fri May 29 11:30:29 EDT 2009


They still have it for XP.  It's called sysprep.  It will basically allow
someone to install Windows in full, test it, then return it to a
non-activated state for the end user.  I can't recall if it 'strips' out the
drivers and lets XP rescan the hardware...  I used to used it when deploying
images to machines.

On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 10:33 AM, <john at netdirect.ca> wrote:

> kwlug-disc-bounces at kwlug.org wrote on 05/29/2009 10:23:06 AM:
> > I was fighting with a similar problem last night on different hardware.
> >
> > I came across this on installing ubuntu from different media - including
> > hard drive:
> >
> > http://news.softpedia.com/news/Alternative-Installation-Methods-for-
> > Hardy-86977.shtml
> >
> > Short version:  Install ubuntu(server?) on the hard drive leaving an
> > extra partition big enough to copy your iso into then adjust grub to
> > point at the disk-based iso installer.  Put the drive back in your
> > tablet and boot to the Winstaller.
> >
> > Advantage:  grub is going to work without fiddling with sys.
> >
> > Similar to what you suggested, but without the FreeDOS step.
>
> Microsoft used to have an OEM install method for system builders that
> involved creating a FAT file system and placing OEM drivers on the disk.
> We never did this because our volume was so low.
>
> How about removing the disk, installing elsewhere and doing the first boot
> on the tablet? If removing the disk isn't an option, you could install on
> a disk on another PC and image the result to the tablet using a PXE boot.
>
> John Van Ostrand
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