Gregory Nowak greg at
Mon Oct 1 16:47:12 EDT 2007

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On Mon, Oct 01, 2007 at 03:19:34PM -0500, John Heim wrote:
> If you have sighted assistance,
> you might not have to create the partitions ahead of time with grml. I'm not
> that familiar  with the Windows installer to know if you can partition the
> HD with it.

It does let you create a ntfs, or fat32 partition for windows
itself. I don't know if it lets you create partitions of other types,
though I doubt it does.

  When I install Windows, I use an open source system from
> and i never run the actual Windows
> installer myself.

Just wondering, have you tried that with vista yet? Did it work,
leaving you with a finished install of vista?

There is of course a third option, doing an unattended install by
using winnt.sif for xp, and autounattend.xml for vista. If installing
xp, and going the winnt.sif route, you'll need to create the windows
partition ahead of time, and format it as fat32, (you can then tell
the installer via winnt.sif syntax if it should leave that partition
as fat32, or convert it to ntfs for you).

If installing xp via winnt.sif, you'll want to be sure you get your
syntax regarding partitions exactly right, else it will happily do
whatever it thinks is best, which may not be what you want. If you're
installing everything from scratch, I would suggest doing xp first, if
you are installing xp, and using winnt.sif to do so. That way, if the
final result isn't what you want, you didn't lose or screw up anything
else, and you can simply modify winnt.sif, and reinstall xp again,
until you get it right.

If you're using vista, I can't help you there. I can tell you though,
that from what I've seen of the WAIK documentation, vista seems to
have the ability to create and format its own partition, provided you
have a properly configured autounattend.xml file, so you shouldn't
need to
create a partition manually for vista ahead of time. However, since I
haven't actually done an install of vista, I do stand to be corrected


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