configuringLaptops_easier way_ by stariya


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Follow the steps to configure the laptop with Windows PE.

    1. Start you laptop on and enter the BIOS using F12.

    2. After you do, go to <Enter Setup> option, and select the <Config> option once you enter the
       Setup. The Config option will give u a list of items to configure where you will have to select,
       <Serial ATA (SATA)> and change the SATA controller Mode options to [Compatibility]. After you
       save the changes and press F3 or ESC key, the system will start loading again, and you will have
       to enter the BIOS again to boot from PCI Lan. One thing to note here is that you will try to
       configure and install Windows PCI Lan may not be necessarily set to be on priority 1, hence,
       make sure that the priority of booting from LAN is set to 1. Also, here are some tips to use /
       change the BIOS settings.

               Use F3 to go back the previous menu. Example, if you have changed the SATA controller
                mode option, and want to go back, press F3.

               Use F5 / F6 to change the values. Example, if you want to change the SATA controller
                mode option from the default value to [Compatibility], press F5/F6 till you get the
                desired value. The same technique holds when you want to change the priority of PCI
                LAN to 1.

    3. Once you boot from PCI LAN, you will be asked to press F12 again to boot from the device.
       Once you do that, you will be asked to choose between “Windows Desktop and Server Install”
       and “Windows PE install”. Choose “Windows Desktop and Server Install”.

    4. This will ask you to select language, choose English US, then choose “Vista Business Non
       domain” to install Vista, or “Windows XP Business Non domain” to install Windows XP. It will
       take you to a window showing you the disk partition. Delete the disk partition. Create a new one
       and format it. Once it is done, the OS will be loaded automatically.

Installing Drivers

          Once you are done installing the windows XP, you would not be able to map to the server using
net use, because the appropriate drivers for the Ethernet are not installed yet. Hence, you need to
install these drivers before you try to map to the server for installing other applications through net use.

Note: The driver setup is attached with this document.

Installing MS Office 2007 and Visio 2003

    1. Once the drivers are loaded, you will be able to map to the server through net use. Hence, go to
       the command prompt and map to the server again by typing the following
    net use S:<space>\\\prod<space> /user:wolftech\<unity ID>

    Enter the password when prompted.

2. Change the drive to S:

3. Type software-menu in the command prompt which will give you the list of items you might
   want to install. Choose Office 2007 which could be done by typing 2 when prompted for the
   input. Type ‘y’ to confirm your choice. It will again give you choices whether you want to install
   a selective number of Office 2007 components or all the Office 2007 components. Type 2 to
   choose to install all the components.

    This should install all the Office 2007 components.

    Similarly, for installing Visio 2003, go to the command prompt again and type ‘software-menu’,
    choose the option Visio 2003 and it will install Visio 2003 the same way.

    Installing Purple

    For installing the SPOT manager, follow the link

    Follow the installation instructions. Download the zip file for Windows XP and use it to install
    the SPOT manager by following the instructions. It will prompt to install appropriate JDK and
    other related packages.


    There can be a lot many issues that might come up while configuring. Note that for using the net
    use as discussed in the previous section, we had to install Ethernet drivers. It is very important
    to check if the wireless is working after installing the Ethernet drivers. If it does not work, then
    please follow the steps mentioned below,

    1. Log on to

    2. Under the Support and Download option, choose “Automatically download and install
       drivers”. This link will take you to a page giving you a link to do a system update saying
       “System Update 3.14.”
             What we are trying to do here is to install Lenovo ThinkVantage software which would help
             us to install and update drivers and soft wares that Lenovo introduces in the market. Our
             intent here is to install the Intel Wireless driver using this software.

        3. But before you install the System Update 3.14, you need to install .Net 2.0. The link for that
           is available on the same page. Follow the following steps to install .Net 2.0,

             a. Click the link given on the page.

             b. Click on the button that says “Custom.”

             c. Click on “Download and Install now” and click on “Continue” when it prompts you to.

             d. This will take you to a “Customize your results” window. Click on “Software, Optional”
                link on the left panel of the window.

             e. Select the “.Net 2.0 Framework” checkbox. Click on “Install Updates” link on the left
                panel and click on the link saying “Install Updates” when it comes up on the page. This
                could take a while and it will install .Net 2.0

        4. Once .Net 2.0 is installed, you can go on and install the “System Update 3.14” that we
           discussed in point 2.

Once the System Updates software is installed on the machine, the Start Menu will have an option
called “ThinkVantage” under All Programs. Click on that and choose “Software Updates”. This should
open a window. On the second tab, you will find a checkbox saying “Intel Wireless LAN” update, click
the checkbox and run the Update.

This will install the Intel Wireless LAN driver.

Adding a new user account

    1. Go to Control Panel and click on User Accounts.

    2. Click on “Create a new account”.

    3. Give the new username as “ece775” and make sure that the radio button saying “Computer
       Administrator” is selected. Click on “Create Account”.

    4. The above step creates the account. And it shows a window with all the user accounts. Pick the
       account “ece775” that we just created.

    5. Click on “Create password” and give the password.
6. Log off and log on into the new account to see if it works.

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