Windows XP
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Setup Switches

Keyboard shortcuts

 
 Setup Switches

These options are used with the Windows XP setup WINNT32.EXE program and change the way Windows can be installed.

/checkupgradeonly Check the existing OS for compatibility with XP (but does not install)
/cmd:command_line Executes command after GUI mode of setup completes, but before the reboot.
/cmdcons Show the Recovery Console option to repair a failed installation.
/copydir:folder Creates a subdirectory named "folder" below the XP directory
/copysource:folder Copies source files to local directory "folder"
/debug[level][:filename] Write a debug log to filename for warning levels. Level 0=severe errors, 1=errors, 2=warnings, 3=information, 4=detailed info for debugging. Default level is 2, and default filename is winnt32.log in the default Windows directory.
/dudisable Disable dynamic update, so only the original setup files are used.
/makelocalsource Copy all setup and installation files to the hard disk to run the installation from the hard disk rather than the CD (if CD is having problems during install).
/noreboot Do not automatically reboot after installation completes copying the files.
/s:path Specify the location of the Windows XP source files, such as a network path
/syspart :drive_letter Copies temporary files to specified drive, make the drive active, and run from that drive.
/tempdrive :drive_letter Drive location of temporary files
/udf:ID[,UDF_file] Specify the settings file (uniqueness database) for use during an unattended installation
/unattend Unattended installation. The /s option to specify the location of the source files must be used
 
 Keyboard Shortcuts
 
Microsoft has a number of shortcuts. Below are some of the less commonly known, but very useful shortcuts. For a complete list on the Microsoft web site, click here.
SHIFT+DELETE Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin
Windows Logo Display or hide the Start menu
Windows Logo+BREAK Display the System Properties dialog box)
Windows Logo+D Toggle to show desktop (minimize all open windows)
Windows Logo+E Open My Computer
Windows Logo+F Search for a file or a folder
Windows Logo+M Minimize all of the windows
Windows Logo+SHIFT+M Restore the minimized windows
Windows Logo+R Open the Run dialog box
 
 

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