Running Vista Setup from DOS boot disk?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Brian W, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. Brian W

    Brian W Guest

    OK, I can copy the files from the DVD to the HDD and run Setup.exe, but is
    there a way of starting Vista installation from DOS ? I know with XP setup
    can be started with the 'winnt.exe' command (assuming the files are stored
    on a FAT32 partition).

    Thanks in advance
    Brian W, Jan 1, 2007
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  2. Well, started started setup from CMD so I guess you could say its possible.
    Although I don't know if you mean running setup using DOS boot disk, in
    which case, I don't think its possible since you had to create specific boot
    disk for NT 4, 2000 and XP I would suspect that type of setup is phased out
    with the new WIM Windows Imaging Format based on WinPE which Vista setup
    uses when you boot from the Vista DVD.
    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Jan 1, 2007
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  3. Brian W

    Chad Harris Guest

    Unfortunately, you cannot run the Vista install from DOS. If that were the
    case, you would simply have to share a folder (or drive) on your technician
    computer containing the Vista install, map a drive to it from the target
    computer, and run setup.exe. Instead, invoking Vista's setup.exe will give
    you an error message that it cannot run from DOS.

    There is of course, the Win PE environment. You can use WinPE as your boot
    environment, which is effectively an upgraded equivalent of your DOS boot

    Windows PE 2.0 for Windows Vista Overview

    10 Things You Need to Know about Deploying Windows Vista

    See: Tools You Need and Tools You Need to Forget

    Chad Harris, Jan 1, 2007
  4. Brian W

    Brian W Guest

    Didn't think so, just thought I'd check!
    Thanks anyway
    Brian W, Jan 1, 2007
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