Controls the method used for installed Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 operating systems. These operating systems can be installed using:

·     setup.exe. This method is the traditional method, initiated by running setup.exe from the installation media. MDT uses this method by default.

·     imagex.exe. This method installs the operating system image using imagex.exe with the /apply option. MDT uses this method when the setup.exe method cannot be used (i.e., MDT falls back to using imagex.exe).

Besides controlling the method used to install these operating systems, this property affects which operating system task sequences are listed in the Deployment Wizard for a specific processor architecture boot image. When the value of this property is set to NEVER, only operating system task sequences that match the processor architecture of the boot image are displayed. If the value of this property is set to any other value or is blank, all task sequences that can use the imagex.exe installation method are shown, regardless of the processor architecture.


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MDT always uses the imagex.exe method if necessary. Only task sequences that deploy an operating system that matches the boot image are displayed in the Deployment Wizard.

Any other value, including blank

MDT attempts to install the operating system using the setup.exe method but falls back to the imagex.exe method, if necessary. Any task sequence that supports the imagex.exe method is displayed in the Deployment Wizard.










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