The following resources provide more information about the Microsoft System Preparation tool (sysprep.exe) for Windows XP (Sysprep 2.0) and Windows 2000 (Sysprep 1.1). You can also learn more about how to use answer files with Sysprep and about answer file sections, parameters, and values from these resources.


  • The Microsoft article "HOW TO: Use Sysprep.exe Tool to Automate Successful Deployment of Windows XP" (;en-us;q302577)
  • The ref.chm Help file, which resides in the XP installation CD-ROM's \support\tools\ file


  • The Microsoft article "Automating Windows 2000 Deployments with Sysprep" (
  • The Microsoft article "System Preparation Tool and Answer File Usage" (;en-us;q216937)
  • "Microsoft Windows 2000 Guide to Unattended Setup" (in unattend.doc, which resides in the Win2K installation CD-ROM's \support\tools\ file)
  • "Appendix C—Sample Answer Files for Unattended Setup" in the Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit Deployment Planning Guide
  • The ref.chm Help file, which resides in the Win2K CD-ROM's \support\tools\ file