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Microsoft KB Archive/104171

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Custom Setup Parameters for Windows NT

Article ID: 104171

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q104171


The following information is displayed when typing "Setup/?" (without the quotes) from Command Prompt under Windows NT or Windows NT Advanced Server:

   Microsoft Setup

   SETUP [/?] [/f] [/i <INF Src File>]
         [/c <Script Section>] [/s <Src Path>]
         [/d <Dest Path>] [/t <Var> = <Value>]
         [/n] [/v]

   /? - generates this Usage message.
   /f - turns off blue background.
   /i - defaults to current directory + 'SETUP.INF'.
   /c - defaults to 'Shell Commands'.
   /s - defaults to Current Working Directory.
   /d - optional destination, mandatory on setup to share.
   /t - set INF <var> to <value>, multiple /T is valid.
   /n - setup to share mode
   /v - turn on INF syntax checking.

Of these switches, /?, /I, /S, /D, and /N are supported only for an administrative setup of Windows NT or Windows NT Advanced Server, which involves creating an installation which can be used for network installations of Windows NT. When performing an administrative setup from Windows NT or Windows NT Advanced Server, it must be a setup consistent with the operating system type. For example, you cannot perform a Windows NT administrative setup from a Windows NT Advanced Server installation.

Of the above switches, the following are not supported, and should not be used: /F, /C, /T, and /V.

The System Guides for both Windows NT and Windows NT Advanced Server contain the following additional warning about Setup:

IMPORTANT: Do not use the MS-DOS or OS/2 copy command, the MS-DOS XCOPY command, or the Copy command in File Manager to install Windows NT files on a network server. You must use the Windows NT setup command.

If you install this way, the information on the Emergency Repair Disk may or may not be accurate in assessing and repairing system damage, and is therefore not supported.

Additional query words: prodnt switches admin shared

Keywords: kbsetup KB104171