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Overview of PSPs for Microsoft Windows 7.80 or earlier

This chapter provides information about using PSPs for Microsoft® Windows® 2000 (version 7.60 or earlier), Windows® 2003 (version 7.80 or earlier), and Windows® 2003 x64 (version 7.80 or earlier). HP provides the following tools for configuring components and deploying PSPs on Windows®:

Several usage scenarios are provided as examples at the end of this chapter.

HP recommends the following procedure when working with PSPs:

  1. Obtain the PSP, and store it in a software repository or other medium.

    IMPORTANT: HP recommends that the PSP files are present on a non-read-only medium so that the various Smart Components in the PSP can be configured before deployment. For example, the Support Packs and components cannot be configured when they are on a CD-ROM.

  2. Ensure that the Smart Components do not have the read-only attributes set.

    IMPORTANT: When a Smart Component is copied from the SmartStart or Software Maintenance CD, the read-only attribute is set by default. Use Microsoft® Windows® Explorer or the attrib command to remove the read-only attributes of Smart Components copied from a SmartStart or Software Maintenance CD.

  3. Configure the components using the configuration functionality in the RDU for Windows®.

    NOTE: Components must be configured only once. The configuration information is stored inside each Smart Component so that it is available when the component is installed. You do not need to configure components each time they are deployed. However, configuration is independent of the target computer you select. If you change the configuration of a component after deployment, you must redeploy the component.

  4. Deploy the PSP using a deployment tool such as the RDU for Windows® or the Remote Deployment Console Utility for Windows®.

    NOTE: Smart Components can also be installed individually. For more information, refer to "Installing single components."