adding files to a virtual floppy in VMWARE/Virtual box with Winimage

Discussion in 'Virtualization' started by blueyedsamurai, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. blueyedsamurai

    blueyedsamurai MDL Novice

    Jul 20, 2011
    im trying to do an autounattend virtually, ive been creating the floppys in winimage and adding the autounattend that way.

    is there a way to add files to floppy's pre boot/installation without using 3rd party software?

    when booting with the winimage floppy i get a this:

    Disk formatted with winimage
    see w inimage .com
    bootsector from C.H Hochstatter

    no system disk. Booting from hardisk
    cannot load from harddisk

    So i just choose to boot from then boots but it wont recognize my unattend file and goes to manual setup
  2. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

    Jun 23, 2007
    #2 FreeStyler, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011
    Why make the floppy bootable?
    Just attach the floppy image in the VM and boot from cd/dvd, the installation will look for 'AUTOUNATTEND.XML' in floppy drive automatically

    BTW, if you are using a ISO as boot media you also can insert 'AUTOUNATTEND.XML' in the root of the ISO image
  3. blueyedsamurai

    blueyedsamurai MDL Novice

    Jul 20, 2011
    i was going to post a pic but it wont allow until 20 posts.

    Yeh ive done exactly that, im using a OEM and AIO disk yet the answer file isnt recognized, ive made a few for both
    and they wont work/be found

    id use a usb but vmware doesn't support it with hacks