DEP-Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK)



The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows Vista™ family of operating systems.


Scoping the Issue


Use the following questions to narrow down where the issue is occurring

·         What version of the Windows AIK are you are using?

o   Windows AIK 1.0:  This is the Windows Vista RTM version

o   Windows AIK 1.1:  This is the Windows Vista SP1/Windows Server 2008 version

·         Are you running the X86 or X64 version of the AIK?

·         What tool included with the AIK are you having an issue with?

·         How are you initiating setup?  Booting from DVD or some other method?

·          At what point does the setup fail?

·         If the issue is with WINPE how are you booting WINPE?  DVD, Flash Drive, PXE?

·         How much RAM does the machine have?


Data Gathering


Gather the following information to diagnose problems with The AIK

·         Unattend.xml or autounattend.xml you are using

·         WindowsPanther folder and all contents

·         WindowsSystem32syspreppanther folder and all contents



·         Exact error you are receiving


Additional Resources


Windows Vista Deployment Step-by-Step Guide

Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK)