Overview of the Unattended Windows Setup Reference

The Unattended Windows Setup Reference provides a complete list of all the settings that you can use to automate the configuration and the deployment of Windows Vista® and Windows Server® 2008 operating systems.

The Unattended Windows Setup Reference is organized by Windows component, in the same order that the Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM) tool displays each Windows component.


Not all settings apply to both Windows Vista® and Windows Server® 2008. Refer to the Applies To section in each topic to see which Windows operating system edition that setting is available in.

Each Windows component includes settings that can be used to create an unattended installation answer file. Every setting in a component is listed in its own individual topic. If an element contains a value, all valid value types are described.

Each setting also includes a sample XML snippet that shows how the element would be created in an answer file.

In This Section

Changes in Unattended Setup Settings

Settings to Use for an Unattended Installation

Settings to Use for Automating Windows Welcome