BetaArchive Logo
Navigation Home Screenshots Image Uploader Server Info FTP Servers Wiki Forum RSS Feed Rules Please Donate
UP: 1d, 14h, 41m | CPU: 21% | MEM: 4237MB of 10333MB used
{The community for beta collectors}

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
 PostPost subject: Windows 98 Image Preparation tool (Sysprep for 98)        Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:26 pm 
Reply with quote
FTP Access
Offline

Joined
Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:38 am

Posts
186

Favourite OS
9431
Yesterday I looked up Wikipedia, and found out that NT4 supports sysprep, and I managed to download it with the help of the Wayback Machine:

http://web.archive.org/web/20021215000000*/http://download.microsoft.com/download/winntwks40/Utility/4.71.1015.0/NT4/EN-US/WIN_DEPLOY.exe

But to my surprise, this self extract archive not only contains sysprep for NT4, but also for 98.
So I give it a shot.

Image

You can get all the info you need in the provided imagprep.doc documentation, but here is some key points.

If you are using a retail copy, not OEM or Select copy, you'll need to add the "/PSS" parameter to preptool.exe, otherwise it will fail.

You'll need to supply a msbatch.inf file in C:\WINDOWS for network configuration, the following worked for me.
Quote:
; MSBATCH.INF
;
; Copyright (c) 1995-1998 Microsoft Corporation.
; All rights reserved.
;

[BatchSetup]
Version=3.0 (32-bit)
SaveDate=01/09/98

[Version]
Signature = "$CHICAGO$"
LayoutFile=layout.inf

[Network]
Display=0
Protocols=MSTCP

[MSTCP]
LMHOSTS=1
LMHOSTPath="C:\WINDOWS\lmhosts"
DHCP=1
DNS=0
WINS=D


Image

It seems that you can put in any value here, they won't be checked.
Image
Image

The deployment process is entirely unattended. The username, registered organization and computer name remains the same after deployment. But you can add some code in msbatch.inf to change those in the process, samples are in the docs as well.
Image
Image


Top  Profile
 PostPost subject: Re: Windows 98 Image Preparation tool (Sysprep for 98)        Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:44 am 
Reply with quote
Offline

Joined
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:22 am

Posts
24

Location
Ends of Eternity

Favourite OS
Longhorn
Cool find!


Top  Profile
 PostPost subject: Re: Windows 98 Image Preparation tool (Sysprep for 98)        Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:05 pm 
Reply with quote
FTP Access
User avatar
Offline

Joined
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:04 pm

Posts
17

Favourite OS
WinMe 4.90.3000
=O this is perfect, I thought that sysprep only works on newer versions of windows, not in 98, maybe it works on Me too.


Top  Profile
 PostPost subject: Re: Windows 98 Image Preparation tool (Sysprep for 98)        Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:01 pm 
Reply with quote
User avatar
Offline

Joined
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:03 pm

Posts
41

Favourite OS
Windows 7
This is the best find. I thought OOBE (or SysPrep...i don't know the difference) was only on XP & higher...who knew.

Thanks for the find! I'll try it out as soon as i can. However how would i get it working between 2 VMs?

_________________
Image


Top  Profile
 PostPost subject: Re: Windows 98 Image Preparation tool (Sysprep for 98)        Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:06 am 
Reply with quote
Donator
User avatar
Offline

Joined
Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:48 am

Posts
1113

Favourite OS
Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7600
TheWinnerCollector111 wrote:
However how would i get it working between 2 VMs?


You can setup a virtual network for the VMs. If the sysprep utility supports UNC paths, then you can use that. Otherwise, you would need to map a network drive on the virtual machine on which you are running sysprep to the appropriate directory of the other virtual machine.


Top  Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

All views expressed in these forums are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the BetaArchive site owner.

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group

Copyright © 2006-2018

 

Sitemap | XML | RSS