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No Mouse During Windows 7 Install

hey guys,

does anyone know if there is a way to install windows 7 without a keyboard and just a mouse ?

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Windows 7 has Tablet functionality built-in. The virtual keyboard should pop up relatively early. There is a chance that it works straight away, if you don't get blocked by the BIOS. Have you tried it? – Pekka 웃 Sep 21 '10 at 10:06
Duplicate of… – Pekka 웃 Sep 21 '10 at 10:07
Pekka: Not exactly. – Joey Sep 21 '10 at 10:12

I guess no except if you run the installation through a script which will answer all the question the installation will require to fill? computer name, language and so on....

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After a couple of google searches, I'm guessing no, you can't completely finish the install without the keyboard unless you use a script. The biggest hangup is the activation code - most other text fields are optional or are auto-populated with defaults.

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You do not need to supply a key or activation code on installation, with XP SP3 and Vista onwards. You can leave it blank. – paradroid Sep 21 '10 at 15:12
I've always put the key in during installation. I stand corrected. – MBraedley Sep 21 '10 at 17:58

Yes, I do this all the time, especially with virtual machines and laptops. You do not even need an optical drive in the machine either, which is useful when installing on netbooks.

You need Windows Server with the Windows Deployment Services role installed and the machine you are installing on needs to be able to PXE network boot. You can also use the Windows Automated Installation Kit with SysPrep and WinPE to make customised unattended installations through it.

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How do you propose the user sets PXE network boot as the first boot device without a keyboard? – Richard Hedges Aug 10 '13 at 13:25
@RichardHedges From my experience it seems to be in the default BIOS boot order, once nothing is found the HDDs or optical drives, but I have no idea why I answered this question with this answer. I must have been shmoking something. – paradroid Aug 10 '13 at 16:29
PXE network boot no doubt would be the answer, providing network boot is enabled. However if it's not, I suppose resetting CMOS could resolve that for the user if network boot is enabled by default. – Richard Hedges Aug 15 '13 at 13:38

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