Microsoft Longhorn

Installer & Setup

Disk partitioning

Diskpart is a command line tool that’ll let you manage disks in Windows. Diskpart comes in more than handy when installing Longhorn since numerous Longhorn WinPEs have trouble formatting disks themselves. On this page you will find a brief description on how to use this tool to partition a disk for installing Longhorn and a little extra. In any WinPE press Shift + F10. This will bring up a command prompt window.

Install any WIM-based Longhorn build from USB

One common problem faced by people installing Longhorn on modern hardware is the apparent inability to boot from USB drives. As optical media grows rarer, and more and more form factors ship without optical media drives, booting from a disc is not always an option. Fortunately, booting Longhorn through USB is a deceptively easy affair once you know what you’re doing. There are two different ways to install Longhorn from USB, depending on which build you are using.

Installing drivers

When using Longhorn, it’s a must to known how to manually install drivers in Windows. The process is basically the same in all versions of Windows, but I thought it couldn’t hurt if I would write up a short tutorial for those people new to installing drivers. We start off by opening Run by pressing WIN + R . In the dialog, type devmgmt.msc Click OK. The Device Manager will now open up.

Out-of-box experience

With the new image-based installation introduced in Milestone 4 it was also time for a revamped out-of-box experience (OOBE) wizard. The first build to feature the image-based install and new OOBE wizard is build 4001. After a brief time loading at the “Please wait…” page, you will find yourself at the WelcomePage where you will be welcomed to the wizard. On the next page, aacnamepage, you can add as many users as you like.