DEP-Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK)



The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows Vista™ family of operating systems.

Scoping the Issue


Use the following questions to narrow down where the issue is occurring

· What version of the Windows AIK are you are using?

o Windows AIK 1.0: This is the Windows Vista RTM version

o Windows AIK 1.1: This is the Windows Vista SP1/Windows Server 2008 version

· Are you running the X86 or X64 version of the AIK?

· What tool included with the AIK are you having an issue with?

· How are you initiating setup? Booting from DVD or some other method?

·  At what point does the setup fail?

· If the issue is with WINPE how are you booting WINPE? DVD, Flash Drive, PXE?

· How much RAM does the machine have?

Data Gathering


Gather the following information to diagnose problems with The AIK

· Unattend.xml or autounattend.xml you are using

· WindowsPanther folder and all contents

· WindowsSystem32syspreppanther folder and all contents



· Exact error you are receiving

Additional Resources


Windows Vista Deployment Step-by-Step Guide

Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK)