[syslinux] FW: Help for setting up windows unattended installation

Gene Cumm gene.cumm at gmail.com
Sat Nov 25 13:03:40 PST 2017

On Sat, Nov 25, 2017 at 10:23 AM, Kenneth Vandbæk <valnurat at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm not sure what you call it, but I do not use EFI, so I guess it is
> BIOS/legacy system.


> My idea was to have the option to install windows 7 on my computer and it
> should install drivers that's not recognized in the install progress.

Let's re-order this and tune it.

> My default file is this:

# default begin
DEFAULT bootlocal
UI menu.c32

MENU TITLE PXE Special Boot Menu
MENU INCLUDE pxelinux.cfg/graphics.conf
MENU AUTOBOOT Starting Local System in # seconds

LABEL bootlocal
  MENU LABEL ^Boot Point of Sale

# I can't be certain the hotkey works
MENU INCLUDE pxelinux.cfg/setup.menu ^Setup Menu

# Or run this with a MENU BEGIN/MENU END
# default end

# setup.menu begin

LABEL MainMenu
  MENU LABEL ^Return to Main Menu
  MENU GOTO .top

  MENU LABEL ^Latitude E6320
  KERNEL   "<---- Don't know what to choose here"
  APPEND   "<---- Don't know what to choose here"
# setup.menu end

OK, now that we have some basic style solved...

Your last label is where things get rather interesting.  You could use
wimboot ( http://ipxe.org/wimboot ) to load a WIM that has sufficient
drivers to load the installer from another location like say a
SMB/Samba/CIFS share.  You could boot CloneZilla though this won't
give you the option of loading more drivers very well.


>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Gene Cumm [mailto:gene.cumm at gmail.com]
>> Sent: 24. november 2017 15:07
>> To: Kenneth Vandbæk <kenneth.vandbek at alfalaval.com>
>> Cc: syslinux at zytor.com
>> Subject: Re: [syslinux] Help for setting up windows unattended
>> installation
>> On Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 8:24 AM, Kenneth Vandbæk via Syslinux
>> <syslinux at zytor.com> wrote:
>> > Hi.
>> >
>> > I have looked at
>> > PXElinux<http://www.syslinux.org/wiki/index.php?title=PXELINUX> to
>> > understand all this, but I'm very sorry I don't.
>> >
>> > I have managed to setup to boot from PXELinux, but I'm not an expert on
>> > how to setup a menu file for making a windows unattended installation.
>> So you're at the point where PXELINUX successfully loads and you have a
>> config loading of some sort?  What's your config currently look like?  Is
>> this a BIOS/legacy system?
>> Regarding an unattended install of Windows, how do you plan to do this?
>> Do you want to chain-load to a WDS system?  Restore an image with a tool
>> like Clonezilla??  There's lots of options here without knowing the details.
>> > Could someone help me with that?
>> >
>> > Is there some kind of a forum for this or is it just by email?
>> Web forum?  No.  IRC?  Yes, but unless you find someone active at the
>> time, you might have to wait for any sort of answer.

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