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Client Installation Wizard

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Client Installation Wizard

Users of a remote boot-enabled client computer can use the Client Installation Wizard to select installation options, operating systems, and maintenance and troubleshooting tools.

The wizard prompts the user for a user name, password, domain name, and other information as required. After the user's credentials have been validated, the wizard displays the installation options that are available to the user. After the user selects an option, the selected operating system installation image is copied to the client computer's local hard disk. You can predetermine some installation options using Group Policy.

Users of the Client Installation Wizard must type only standard ASCII characters (OEM characters 32-126) for user name, password, or domain name information. The Client Installation Wizard does not support extended ASCII character sets (such as those containing ü, é, or other extended characters).

For more information, see the following:

As an administrator, you can edit .osc files to determine which screens the Client Installation Wizard presents to the user. For more information about .osc files, see see "Designing RIS Installations" at the Microsoft Windows Resource Kits Web site. For basic information about other ways you can control some of the choices and screens seen by users of RIS client computers, see Installation options available through RIS.


  • By default, the client computer's hard disk is reformatted during the operating system installation. Therefore, all locally stored files are removed during installation. To prevent the loss of important data, you should back up your files before installation. You can also choose not to reformat the computer's hard disk during installation.


  • This topic does not apply to Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

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