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AnswerFile - Sysprep - Specialize Pass-

Q: AnswerFile - Sysprep - Specialize Pass-

Hello,

I am having a hard time with the sysprep specialize pass. The error file I am getting from the setupact out of panther is:
2016-01-29 11:57:06, Error [setup.exe] [Action Queue] : Unattend action failed with exit code 4
2016-01-29 11:57:06, Info [setup.exe] [Action Queue] : ProcessActionQueue finish (hr = 0x1f2000)
2016-01-29 11:57:06, Error [setup.exe] Execution of unattend GCs failed; hr = 0x0; pResults->hrResult =0x8030000b
2016-01-29 11:57:06, Info [0x0606cc] IBS Flushing registry to disk...
2016-01-29 11:57:07, Info [0x0606cc] IBS Flush took 967 ms.
2016-01-29 11:57:07, Warning IBS Callback_Unattend_InitiatePass: Runtime error occurred while applying unattend answer file; hrResult = 0x8030000b
2016-01-29 11:57:07, Info IBS UnattendErrorFromResults: Hit an unattend error; dumping any info we have about the failure...
2016-01-29 11:57:07, Info IBS UnattendDumpSetting: ------Unattend setting error / warning------
2016-01-29 11:57:07, Info IBS UnattendDumpSetting: Error code = 0x8030000b
2016-01-29 11:57:07, Info IBS UnattendDumpSetting: Pass = specialize
2016-01-29 11:57:07, Info IBS UnattendDumpSetting: Component name = [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup]
2016-01-29 11:57:07, Info IBS UnattendDumpSetting: --------------------------------------------
2016-01-29 11:57:07, Info IBS UnattendErrorFromResults: Error text = Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].
2016-01-29 11:57:07, Info IBSLIB PublishCriticalError: Publishing critical error message [Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].]
2016-01-29 11:58:54, Info [0x070042] DIAG CallBack_DiagnosticDataSend: Called with notification for Error published by ErrorHandler
2016-01-29 11:58:54, Info DIAG CallBack_DiagnosticDataSend: Setup was started from Phase 4. Disabling Diagnostics [DiagnosticDataSend] in this scenario
2016-01-29 11:58:54, Info [0x090095] PANTHR WdsExitImmediate called! Execution will stop, and the queue won't be saved.
2016-01-29 11:58:54, Info [0x09008c] PANTHR SeqExecute -- stopping, since WdsExitImmediate() was called
2016-01-29 11:58:54, Info [0x090086] PANTHR pWorkerThreadFunc -- Stopping
2016-01-29 11:58:54, Info [0x090086] PANTHR pWorkerThreadFunc -- Stopping
2016-01-29 11:58:54, Info [0x090086] PANTHR pWorkerThreadFunc -- Stopping
2016-01-29 11:58:54, Info PANTHR DeleteCriticalSection for pExecQueue->csLock;
2016-01-29 11:58:55, Info [0x0605a6] IBS Requested UI to hide the language and locale selection pages.
2016-01-29 11:58:55, Info [0x090081] PANTHR Destroying any unreferenced modules! (SEQ6)
2016-01-29 11:58:55, Info [0x0601d7] IBS InstallWindows:Error Type = 3211266
2016-01-29 11:58:55, Info [0x090009] PANTHR CBlackboard::Close: c:\windows\panther\setupinfo.





I researched the error code issue here regarding the temp sysprep account I made and deleted it from the registry. Found that info here: http://it.curu.ca/sysprep-error-hrresults-0X8030000b/





The answer file code I have for the specialize pass is:
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Deployment" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<RunSynchronous>
<RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
<Order>1</Order>
<Path>net user administrator /active:yes </Path>
</RunSynchronousCommand>
</RunSynchronous>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP-UX-SPPCC" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<ReferralId>SkipAutoActivation: false</ReferralId>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<ComputerName>Leave blank</ComputerName>
<CopyProfile>false</CopyProfile>
<ShowWindowsLive>false</ShowWindowsLive>
<TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time</TimeZone>
</component>
</settings>



Any assistance would be helpful, thank you.

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Hello - 
In the past we applied copyprofile to our answerfiles used at the sysprep stage before we captured images and deployed them using WDS. 
We are now trying to sys prep and capture the image without this answer file -- but then apply the answer file with copyprofile set to true in the specialize pass to the captured image in WDS (checking "allow image to install in unattended mode"
in the install image properties and setting the file)
We had tested this successfully before but now we are failing on the specialize pass. Setuperr.log seems to show the copy profile failing. 
When does copy profile need to be applied? Must it be applied via an answer file at the sysprep stage in order to work properly? Or can an answer file with copyprofile set to true be applied to the captured install image in WDS?

Thank you - 

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Hello,

We're deploying Windows 8.1 to our public computing labs right now. This is the first time we're doing mass deployments with SCCM and we've run into the dreaded sysprep error just after applying the image. I think we've
narrowed this down to drivers but can't seem to figure it out. As an example, *almost none* of our hundreds of Optiplex 9010s will accept the image, yet hundreds of other models (Optiplex 7010, Optiplex 9020) accept the same image without issue.

I saw plenty of other posts about this error but I don't think this could be an unattend file or sysprep issue. Why would it work on some machines but not others?

Has anyone experienced a similar issue?

Thanks in advance!!

Error:
Sysprep could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].

Log Files:
Will post separately.

A:SCCM Windows 8.1 Deployment - Sysprep could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass specialize

For those with a similar issue - 

This turned out to be a driver problem for us, as suspected. In speaking with Premier Support, we dug through the CBS.log on a failed machine and confirmed it. In CBS, we traced the setup process to where drivers get installed and found a couple failures
(network, audio, etc.). Setup failed immediately after that process.

We were under the impression that our device drivers were current in SCCM, however they were not. In SCCM, we were ignoring driver import errors while using the Dell Command Deploy Utility for CABs. The errors were a result of the 2008 site server's inability
to recognize the newer Windows 8.1 drivers. We applied KB 2837108 and KB 2921916 to the site server and re-imported drivers. The sysprep error went away after this.

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I setup an ACER VM6620G (Win7x86) how I wanted, including disabling the administrator account and creating an administrator user "PVA"
Navigated to \\wds\DeploymentShare$\Scripts and ran the litetouch script. Chose my "Sysprep and Capture" task. 
Everything went off without a hitch until I restarted the technician pc. 
I got the dreaded
"Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [specialize]. A component or setting specified in the answer file does not exist"
I tried to deploy the captured image to the same computer and got the same error
I've scoured the internet for solutions (Shift+10 opens command prompt. Good to know!) with no luck.
I've saved the unattend.xml and looked for errors- going as far as to install an x86 Win7 virtual machine to validate the unattend.xml file in WISM


Other information that might be useful:
   I never used WISM to create an unattend.xml nor did I attach one to the image. 
   I didn't try to copy user profiles/settings/migrate etc
   I imported the captured image to WDT. Created a standard task and added 2 nodes 
     -Inject Drivers
     -Install Application

As a side, I've got another image that I've already injected the drivers/installed the application as a test. Everything went smoothly.


+-----------------+
 | Unattend.xml: 
&#... Read more

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Hi All, I would suggest you read my old post here first:
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/9be1effb-d44f-4987-872c-c1a2fe23aba3/autounattendxml-not-working?forum=w7itproinstall

Anyhow, where I work we have a single DR PC what has our basic company software/programs on and is imaged, and then deployed out to a large multiple of identical PC's at our disaster recovery facility in the event when needed. Our DR facility is connected
to our AD domain.
The DR PC's we use are HP EliteDesk 800G2 Desktop Mini's and have Windows 7 Pro x64 on them.  Now capturing and restoring the image is not an issue and is is done via PXE booting using Symantic Ghost.

I have two major issues that need to be resolved very soon as we have a DR test coming up in a couple of months where we push the image out to a large number of identical PC's and test everything down in DR.

Issue 1: When ever sysprep is run with the "/generalize" option, windows fails to boot/reboot. Just get
a black screen in a continuous re-booting loop. Not even any error message, absolutely nada is shown! 
Maybe it's got something to do with he ultra modern hardware/chipset/platform of the HP EliteDesk G2; all USB port are USB3 and the boot drive is a NVMe SSD.
To resolve this issue, I have to restore the image to the DR PC via PXE.
And Yes I have the following in my Autounattend.xml file under the
generalize pass. 
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep... Read more

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Hi all, I've been working on a new x64 image in what is predominantly an x86 client environment. So, MDT (2010) is what we're using to deploy - and it all seemed to go very well after imaging a bunch of laptops with a .wim file with which I integrated
SP1 manually (using DISM). I then went to integrate all the latest updates in the same way, but sadly this didn't work as there was an update of some description which seemed to break it (I excluded a couple of updates known to cause issues).

So, I decided to work on capturing a wim from a VM after I applied all the updates. Something that seemed to go pretty seamlessly, but sadly when I copy the wim over, then run the deployment, I get a failure on the 'specialize' pass. There are several points
at which the BDD log states it cannot find the product key, but then we use KMS so I'm assuming this isn't needed. That being said, there is a key in the unattend.xml, so I've become a little confused by this..
Here's the specialize portion of the unattend.xml:

<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State">
<Identification>
<Credentials>
<Username>[email protected]</Username>
... Read more

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Currently trying to take an image of our new Lenovo Tiny Form Factors (M900) running Windows 7 Enterprise x64. After sysprep I am hit with this error message up on rebooting.

"Windows could not parse or process the unattend file for pass [specialize]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup]."
 I'm somewhat of a noob, but have done this before and have no issues. Ive searched everywhere and cant seem to find a fix, any help would be greatly appreciated. 
Here's The answer file I'm currently using.

Thanks in advance.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="generalize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<SkipRearm>1</SkipRearm>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Deployment" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35&... Read more

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Here is my Xml file.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm=http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Sta>
            <ImageInstall>
                <OSImage>
                    <WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
                    <InstallTo>
                        <DiskID>0</DiskID>
                        <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
                    </Install... Read more

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Hi there,
I have a WDS server setup with images but I am having trouble with the unattend answer file bit. I always get an error after deploying in image during setup that it had trouble during the Speicalize phase. I believe it has something to do with the product
key most likely. I am wanting to skip product key entirely and leave it blank as the computers I'm deploying are all Lenovo business computers with the on board chip for activation.



The exact error I get is
"Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup]"

I am able to get the computer up and running by going into REGEDIT, Childcompletion key and changing the value of "Setup" from 1 to 3 but I am wondering how I can prevent this entirely.


Thanks!
Here is the answer file I'm using...


</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<InputLocale>1033:00000409</InputLocale>
<UILanguage>en-US&... Read more

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I'm getting the following error when trying to run sysprep on a Windows 7 x86 machine.
"Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [oobesystem]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for
component [Microsoft - Windows - Shell -Setup]".
What I found in the C:\Windows\Panther\Set
2010-12-16 15:34:57, Info                  SYSPRP SPPNP: The device Root\LEGACY_MPIO\0000 is using the service mpio.
2010-12-16 15:34:57, Warning               SYSPRP SPPNP: Error 0xE000020B occurred while adding device Root\LEGACY_MPIO\0000 to the device info set.

A:Windows 7 x86 Sysprep error Windows Could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\Windows\Panther\Unattend.xml] for pass [oobesystem]......

I fixed mine. 
Under 7 oobe System>X86_Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral I was using Auto Logon. I had the logonCount populated and Username populated but I didn't have "TRUE" in Enabled.
 
Now my sysprep is working.

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I have windows 7 pro 64 and i want to transfer my disk to a new computer. I tried to use the Sysprep but after a bit it say a fatal error occured and it stop. No other informations. I would like some help please.

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Hey everyone, I hope you're doing fine.
Well, I'll keep this short and to the point.
I want to run sysprep on my Windows 10 Pro (x64) PC and I've faced many errors till now which I somehow managed to dodge , Now I've come across another problem. i have no clue about this so please help me

Setupact.log :-

Pastebin- http://pastebin.com/ri2cc4Li

Code tags:

Code:
2016-03-01 12:17:21, Info SYSPRP ========================================================2016-03-01 12:17:21, Info SYSPRP === Beginning of a new sysprep run ===
2016-03-01 12:17:21, Info SYSPRP ========================================================
2016-03-01 12:17:21, Info [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2016-03-01 12:17:21
2016-03-01 12:17:21, Info [0x0f004e] SYSPRP Initialized SysPrep log at C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Panther
2016-03-01 12:17:21, Info [0x0f0054] SYSPRP ValidateUser:User has required privileges to sysprep machine
2016-03-01 12:17:21, Info [0x0f007e] SYSPRP FCreateTagFile:Tag file C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Sysprep_succeeded.tag does not already exist, no need to delete anything
2016-03-01 12:17:21, Warning SYSPRP WinMain: File operations pending
2016-03-01 12:17:21, Info [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'OOBE'
2016-03-01 12:17:21, Info [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'GENERALIZE'
2016-03-01 12:17:21... Read more

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On the 4th attempt to sysprep a Windows 7 Enterprise system, I get the dreaded, 'A fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine.' 
The setuperr.log shows:
2010-08-04 13:57:58, Error      [0x0f0073] SYSPRP RunExternalDlls:Not running DLLs; either the machine is in an invalid state or we couldn't update the recorded state, dwRet = 31
2010-08-04 13:57:58, Error      [0x0f00ae] SYSPRP WinMain:Hit failure while processing sysprep cleanup external providers; hr = 0x8007001f

I've seen articles referring to the Windows Software Licensing Rearm program may have issues running more than three times in a single Windows image and to add <SkipRearm>1</SkipRearm> in the /unattend file...  but this did not help. 
The Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service has also been disabled which is often referred to in other posts.
The KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947212/en-us indicated that the resolution is to re-create the image for the machine... This is very frustrating. I'm hoping that there is
a better resolution???
How do you sysprep a machine more than three times to avoid this error?
Thanks!! 
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A:Sysprep - Fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine

Hi,
 
Thanks for posting in Microsoft TechNet forums.
 
This error shows that sysprep was run multiple times on the machine, please open a command prompt, type:
slmgr /dlv to view how many times of remaining Windows Activation count. Generally speaking, to sysprep the image on a single computer for multiple times, you need to configure the
Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP |
SkipRearm to 1 in the unattend.xml file. I am assuming whether you configure the
Microsoft-Windows-Security-Licensing-SLC |
SkipRearm to 1 instead of SPP, the SLC setting is deprecated and should not be used.  
As a work around of this problem, please type: regedit in the Start Search box to open Registry Editor, set the value of
GeneralizationState under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus to
7, then run sysprep again.
If the same issue still persists, please unistall the MSDTC and Reinstall it, then try the sysprep.
To uninstall MSDTC :- msdtc -uninstall
To reinstall 
MSDTC :- msdtc –install
Best Regards
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hello,

1st sorry for my english (i'm french guy).

I made a sysprep and all parameters are corrects.
but after the reboot I have always the sysprep preparation tools box.
for me the sysprep is correct but I don't know what's happended.


in attachment my unattend.xml

regards,
and thanks by advance.
didier

A:win7 after sysprep reboot always with sysprep box

Hi Didier, welcome to the Seven Forums.

It looks you have sysprepped your PC in Audit Mode. When Audit Mode starts the sysprep window is always shown. Also, if you have not chosen to exit Audit Mode, PC will after reboot be back in Audit Mode and the sysprep window shown.

To exit Audit Mode and enter the normal setupmode (OOBE or Welcome mode), you need to select System Cleanup Action: Enter System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE) and Shutdown Options: Shutdown (or reboot) and click OK:

Kari

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Running a HP 1220C (Love it more everyday). Unfortunately HP has discontinued them otherwise I would have got another one in case this one croaks.

But last Friday I had to reboot cause I installed a anti-virus update. So after rebooting I shut down cause I was heading out of town for the weekend. But at the last minute I decided to print out maps of both O'hara and Denver International, so I knew where the gates for my connecting and departing flights were.

I tried multiple times to get the printer to power up with no luck, so I gave up. And then tonight messing around with it the same results. So I reinstalled the driver package for it and that IMO didn't help so the thought was going through my mind I was going to have to look into a new printer.

But while reading my e-mail's, the looney thing powered up on its own. Practically scared me out of my chair.

What possibilities is there that would cause something like this and what could I do to correct it?
 

A:Anyone here specialize in Printer psychology?

Double click the desktop icon (My Computer, ect..)>then double click printers> & right click & select properties of the printer you are using.> Then left click the Control tab at the top of the dialog box.> Look for something that says Auto Power Off/On (or something like that).

Set it to what you want.........or not at all.

You can set the printer to automatically come on whenever you press the Print button on most programs. And the printer will automatically turn itself off after a selected number of minutes/hours, if you aren't using it.

You also have quite a few other things that you can set to tailor to you desires, such as print w/color or Black & white...paper size, graphic control, ect...

Play around with it & have fun. If you really screw it up badly, you can always delete the printer installed (from the Printers folder) & then just re-install by double clicking the Add Printer icon in the printers folder & select the brand name & model # that you have plugged into your computer.
 

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Hi All,
I tested the following attacks in Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics and found them
not to be working.

Bruteforce Attack Pass-The-Ticket Pass-The-Hash Sensitive account exposed Using Plain-Text Authentication
I have tested other attacks like Reconnaissance
using DNS, Broken Trust, Honey Token account suspicious activities but they are working perfectly fine. I don't know
what's the issue with the above 4.
For
1. Bruteforce Attack:
I used thc-hydra-windows and triggered a dictionary attack using a list of passwords.

2. Pass-The-Ticket:
I used mimikatz to steal the kerberos ticket from a PC on which Admin is logged on. Impersonating an attacker, I copied the .kirbi file and Injected that file(using mimikatz again) to another PC on which a domain user is logged in.

3. Pass-The-Hash:
(Same as above)
4. Sensitive account exposed in plain text authentication:
I used mimikatz command 'sekurlsa :: logonpasswords' and was able to get passwords of all the users who logged on to that PC. But this was also not detected by MATA.

Please help me with the above issues. If possible, provide the tools using which I can trigger and detect those attacks.
Regards 

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Ok so i am furious with Micro$oft now! the other day i was FORCED to change my microsoft account after much nagging i did so and i dont like changing logins too much. (this was a week ago)
now for some random reason on earth without my permission my windows login also changed login passwords to the microsoft account. I DONT WANT THAT! that password is too long and complicated for someone who locks his computer every 5 minutes or so. why did this just kick in now? i changed M$ account pass over a week ago and today it decides to change windows login?! can i change JUST my local windows login separate from microsoft login?
if i try to change pass from settings it it goes online and says you cant use password that has been used before.

A:Can i change windows login pass without changing microsoft pass too?

Originally Posted by xdarkmario


Ok so i am furious with Micro$oft now! the other day i was FORCED to change my microsoft account after much nagging i did so and i dont like changing logins too much. (this was a week ago)
now for some random reason on earth without my permission my windows login also changed login passwords to the microsoft account. I DONT WANT THAT! that password is too long and complicated for someone who locks his computer every 5 minutes or so. why did this just kick in now? i changed M$ account pass over a week ago and today it decides to change windows login?! can i change JUST my local windows login separate from microsoft login?
if i try to change pass from settings it it goes online and says you cant use password that has been used before.



Don't go for a password. Use the PIN option That's just what you need and it's really a great thing as well.

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I'm getting the famous enter admin pass on boot (no BIOS update, laptop been off for a year (no OS atm) and I just started trying to fix it.  The error code I get is: [ 54549743 ] I hope that helps get my mobo unlocked!











Solved!
View Solution.

A:HP-2000 Enter Admin Pass/Power on Pass at Boot

@PoetheProgrammr? Enter    41421385 Regards, DP-K

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China's hacking hardware, the United States' assassins or Japan's taboo content -- in the Dark Web, only money matters.

On Tuesday, Trend Micro researchers released a whitepaper (.PDF) documenting the results of an investigation into the Web's underbelly, asking if the underground is connected globally, or whether there are countries which have a certain illegal "specialization" in goods or services.



Dark Web drugs, data dumps and death: Which countries specialize in what services? | ZDNet

A:Dark Web: Which countries specialize in what services?

"The US is also, ironically, the best place for the darkest and most dangerous services and purchases, including assassination services and murder-for-hire.

Meanwhile in Canada, the underground economy is not as well-developed or efficient as others. However, vendors are still making a profit on trading ice hockey cards and 'Kenny Chesney' MP3's. The more serious vendors are rumoured to be distributing 'Corb Lund Band' MP3's too. Worldwide!"

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I have recently installed ATA (1.8.6645.28499). It is now in to the second week of its learning phase and it is raising a considerable number of false pass-the-hash alerts when users initiate Citrix sessions from their usual PC using pass-thru authentication,
eg a typical alert would be:
Bloggs,Fred's hash was stolen from one of the computers previously logged into by Bloggs,Fred and used from xx1234
Clearly this is spurious - in each case the user is initiating a Citrix session from their
own PC and the xx1234 represents a Citrix server in the farm in every case.
1) Why am I only receiving a handful of related PTH alerts each day when I have many thousands of Citrix users, all authenticating in the same manner?
2) How can I supress these alerts?
What I effectively want to say is 'IF the suspected PTH is being triggered BY the user on their OWN PC and the target server is in our Citrix farm' then ignore it. I can't see a way of setting an exclusion range like this for PTH events though?
Thanks

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 please any one help me i am struggling last 3 day  with sysprep command, I want to sysprep the windows7 system which is genuine professional version and updated with Microsoft patches, i installed all applications and drivers to that system, When i doudle click sysprep icon selected oobe /generalize/reboot Then it give error  a fatal error occured while trying to sysprep the machine  then i checked log file in prefeth folder 2009-11-24 16:17:22, Error      [0x0f0073] SYSPRP RunExternalDlls:Not running DLLs; either the machine is in an invalid state or we couldn't update the recorded state, dwRet = 31 2009-11-24 16:17:22, Error      [0x0f00ae] SYSPRP WinMain:Hit failure while processing sysprep cleanup external providers; hr = 0x8007001f please help me........

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Our organization has recently received a number of Tablet devices (over 100) which we require a standardized image to be deployed to them all, the obvious thing to this was to create a standard image using sysprep however when i run sysprep I get the message
'Sysprep was not able to validate your windows installation' and to check the logs when i check the logs i find a message saying 'sysprep will not run on an upgrade OS' I have recently updated to windows 8.1.
I have found an article relating to windows 7 which suggested deleting the 'upgrade' key from the registry however this solution has not worked for windows 8.1
Can someone help? I do not have the time nor patience to have to start the image from scratch.
Thanks
Kev.

A:Sysprep message "Sysprep was not able to validate your windows installation"

Hi,
Sysprep must not be used on upgrade installation types. Run Sysprep only on clean installations.
For more information, please refer to this article:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721940(v=ws.10).aspx
Best regards,
Karen Hu
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i have a hp touchsmart 610-1000 i forgot my power on password i need some help to get on my computer

A:i have a touchsmart 610-1000 cant get pass the power on pass...

 Hi, Attach the completed model number, for example 610-1031f How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number?

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An interesting study on the global underground company shows that money can get you anything -- wherever you are.

China's hacking hardware, the United States' assassins or Japan's taboo content -- in the Dark Web, only money matters.

On Tuesday, Trend Micro researchers released a whitepaper (.PDF) documenting the results of an investigation into the Web's underbelly, asking if the underground is connected globally, or whether there are countries which have a certain illegal "specialization" in goods or services.

There are three loose layers of the Internet; the "Clear" Web, the "Deep" Web and the "Dark" Web. The Clear Web is where we go for daily tasks and to visit standard websites through search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo.

The "Deep" Web is the layer underneath which is not indexed by standard search engines, and has to be accessed through a service such as the Tor network to access .onion websites hosted in this area.

Lastly, the "Dark" Web is a fraction of the Deep Web where illegal dealings take place, such as the purchase of weapons, drugs, counterfeit documents and hacking tools.

The average person is unlikely to go beyond the Clear Web, but the rest of the Internet is open to anyone using the right setup.
Over the past few years, Trend Micro has conducted a number of research projects focusing on these areas and the underground economy at large. Within the latest resear... Read more

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Hello,
I have searched the knowledge-base and Google to try and find an answer to this to no avail. Sorry if I am missing something obvious here.
Can you tell me if there is a problem using a new Windows product key when capturing an image that had a different product key to begin with.
Our institution was provided with a new product key after the previous one was suspected compromised.  I have recently updated this image and updated the answerfile with the new product key.  However, after applying the new image the PC reports
that Windows is not genuine.  
Can anyone shed any light on why this is and if there is a way to fix it?
Thanks!

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Hallo zusammen,
Ich versuche seit einiger Zeit einen WDS aufzusetzen um ein Image auf mehrere Rechner verteilen zu können. Allerdings bekomme ich spätestens nach dem Setup der Clients folgende Fehlermeldung: (Da wo der Rechner zum ersten mal von der eigenen Festplatte Booted
und dann auch die Treiber installiert werden)
Die Antwortdatei für die unbeaufsichtigte Installation für Durchgang [specialize] konnte nicht analysiert oder verarbeitet werden. Die in der Antwortdatei angegebenen Einstellungen können nicht angewendet werden. Der Fehler wurde beim Verarbeiten von Einstellungen
für Die Komponente [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup] erkannt.
Mit Shift+F10 habe ich die Log Dateien die unter C:\Windows\Panther lagen auf den Server kopiert.

Hier der ausschnitt der setupact.log:
2017-01-27 08:36:40, Info [setup.exe] UnattendSearchExplicitPath: Found unattend file at [C:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml]; examining for applicability.
2017-01-27 08:36:40, Info [setup.exe] UnattendSearchExplicitPath: Found usable unattend file for pass [specialize] at [C:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml].
2017-01-27 08:36:40, Info IBS Callback_Unattend_InitEngine:Using unattend file found at [C:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml].
2017-01-27 08:36:40, Info [setup.exe] ValidateSMIPass: serialized settings stream; status 0x00000000
2017-01-27 08:36:40, Info [setup.exe] Validate... Read more

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Hello everyone! Can you help me with a (hopefully) simple problem?
I have a Access 2003 SQL Pass-thru query that I need to prompt the user for Begin Date and End date, then put these values in the query. I read the Help, but I still don't understand HOW!
Questions: (BTW, this query is being generated from the Switchboard)
1. How do I prompt the user for the dates in Access? I can't use parameters and I don't understand how to use a prompt otyher than that.
2. How do I get those user responses into the query below
3. How do I write the querydef?

The SQL query is attached

Thanks!
Emil
 

A:Prompt&Pass value to pass-thru query

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I removed Simple pass and validity software, and I am still required to enter the master password that simplepass asked me to set up, I uninstalled all drivers, and software, and removed all remnants from registry, and I am still required to enter the password at login, i have done the netplwiz thing,  and bios says password is clear, so how do i remove this password requirement that i didnt have before i installed simplepass.

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This is a strange one: I was working on a computer that fried. Turned out to have a bad power supply and a destroyed motherboard. It was still under warranty from eMachines. They sent it back and the motherboard was replaced, maybe the hard drive, I'm not sure.When it came back, the USB ports didn't work, so they sent it back again and the motherboard was once again replaced.I went over to install a new power supply so that the thing wouldn't crater again in less than a year. But I noticed that the Sysprep dialog was up on the screen. Further inspection found that the computer was registered to "Owner." I contacted emachines by chat and the first tech wanted control of the machine. I gave it to him. He clicked on something and killed the internet connection. I restarted the machine and the second tech asked me to disable sysprep in MSCONFIG. It wasn't there. So she took over the computer and I watched as she tried to figure out what to do. She opened Control Panel and then scrolled through Add/Remove Programs. It wasn't there, either.After a long pause, she linked me to a Microsoft page that showed how to remove Sysprep from the host computer! Now, this seems to require renaming a registry hive, and I'm not anxious to do any such thing on a functioning computer. The owner says that he had an earlier conversation with them and they told him to just close the window every time Windows starts.So I'm wondering *finally gets to the point*,... Read more

A:Anybody Know Sysprep?

Sysprep can be used to put an image of the hard drive on the client computer.

I'd suspect that the regedit would cure it, but first I'd backup the registry and would be sure that I could recover it even if the system wouldn't boot (either through the Recovery Console or with a Bart PE/UBCD).

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Q: sysprep

hi can pl tell me how to run sysprep in windows xp.and whats the purpose of it .can u pl explain that above ASAP(as soon as possible).

Thanks&Regards,
srinu...
 

A:sysprep

Basically it's a tool used to deploy Windows OS on a large number of computers.

This may help explain things:

http://technet2.microsoft.com/windo...ef71-4545-b970-ce2add5e715c1033.mspx?mfr=true
 

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Is there sysprep for XP? If so, (cant find @ MS) where can I download?
 

A:Sysprep for XP

Have a read of this M$ article
 

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Hi all,

Has anyone been able to sysprep windows 7? I followed the MS site of sysprep (Vista deployment) but get an error saying this OS is not supported.

Anyone know a fix?


Thanks

A:Help with Sysprep!

This makes me wonder if sysprep is in the Windows 2008 Resource CD. Maybe that one would work?
Raj

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Hi,

I have windows vista and 7 images which are syspreped and work perfectly. Only thing is the desktop icons and other profile settings are reset to the default user profile settings upon restore to a new computer. I have read I need to copy the existing profile over the default user profile and set the variable in the unattend.xml which is executed by sysprep. I have followed guides on the internet to do this but nothing I do works. I get errors when sysprep starts looking at the unattend.xml.

can anyone offer any assistance for this specific task please? or are there any homebrew tools which will easily allow me to do this?

thanks

A:sysprep help please?

Hi have you read through this How Sysprep Works you will find other info to the left of the page

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I never ran into this problem before. I'm setting up a ghost image of windows xp for my job. I set up the master profile. Set up all the icons and all the software that's going to be used with this machine and then copy that profile to the default user profile so everyone will get the same settings.

Every time I used to run the sysprep on previous images, it used to keep all the settings for the Desktop and all the icons intact.

But for some reason today while I'm setting up an XP image, after setting up the software and the Icons on the desktop. I run the sysprep on the machine and when I reboot to check the Image all of my settings are gone.

Does anyone has any idea of why this is happening?

Just in case I'm just resealing the machine, nothing special or answer files set up.
 

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Hi.
I am new to all the Sysprep thing...
I have a computer that has Windows 7 and I want to make an image from that computer.
I have ghost, but I know that I need to do sysprep...
1. I wand to delete all the system information like users, resets registry and all of that to make a like new Win 7 just keeps the programs that are already installed. Is sysprep does that?

2. Let's say I did sysprep and made an image out of that Windows with ghost, but now I want to embed this image to a newer computer but this image does not has the drivers for that newer computer... Is there a way to impact this image to have also install this driver ,let's say a LAN driver?

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I never ran into this problem before. I'm setting up a ghost image of windows xp for my job. I set up the master profile. Set up all the icons and all the software that's going to be used with this machine and then copy that profile to the default user profile so everyone will get the same settings.

Every time I used to run the sysprep on previous images, it used to keep all the settings for the Desktop and all the icons intact.

But for some reason today while I'm setting up an XP image, after setting up the software and the Icons on the desktop. I run the sysprep on the machine and when I reboot to check the Image all of my settings are gone.

Does anyone has any idea of why this is happening?

Just in case I'm just resealing the machine, nothing special or answer files set up.
 

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ok...here is the scenario I have an image which is syprep prior to imaging so when i reimage it runs the sysprep.inf , here is the thing i need it to do is promt for area code and only area code everything else needs to be auto, any ideas ?

Kidem
 

A:How well do you know Xp sysprep?

Anyone found or know anything that could help me out?
 

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Q: Sysprep

Wondering if sysprep affects any other drives other than the boot drive on the pc?

A:Sysprep

Hello Jackal,
It shouldn't... At least I've never had it bother another drive. To be safe, you could always disconnect the data cables to your other drives. That's what I usually do when re-installing or modifying OSs on my system.
Regards,
JohnPC

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Hi,

I need to figure out how to make a master image (using ghost backup exec) with the Microsoft Sysprep software. My only goal is to generate a unique SID when I image a new pc or re-image a current pc. If I understand correctly, I should be able to configure the image to prompt for certain information and it will generate a unique SID using Sysprep.

Running AD 2003 envinronment and Windows XP machines. I have read technet documentation and it is confusing to say the least. I've tried a couple different times to no avail. Any help is much appreciated.
 

A:Using MS SysPrep

Sysprep takes care of the SID when the computer is restarted. You don't need to worry about it not generating a new sid unless you specify it not too with the nosidgen option.
 

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Q: Sysprep

Can you do Sysprep on Windows 7 like on XP?


OK so you do a clean install of W7. Then install all of your software. Now you want to set it up to clear all of the information. That way when you sell it or give it away, the person turns it on is goes through the initial walk-through process setting up the computer. But how on W7?

A:Sysprep

Yes, sysprep is already installed on a Windows 7 machine. However, you don't want to install any commercial software and then turn around and sell the machine with that software on it. At least I wouldn't think that you would.

To run sysprep you run C:\windows\system32\sysprep.

Sounds like what you want to do is take your box and Image it. Then install anything you want. Then, if you later want to sell it, you want to put that image back on it to get it back to day 1.

You can do that with the built-in Windows "system image" tool. You can find this in the backup program that comes with Windows 7.

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Q: Sysprep

Is it necessary to run sysprep before I capture the image?  The image will be applied to the same hardware.

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Hi i try to sysprep a Dell latitude E6400
i install from DVD (normal installation)

i create my sysprep anwser file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<SearchScopes>
<Scope wcm:action="add">
<ScopeDefault>true</ScopeDefault>
<ScopeDisplayName>Google</ScopeDisplayName>
<ScopeKey>Google</ScopeKey>
<ScopeUrl>http://www.google.ca/search?q={searchTerms}</ScopeUrl>
</Scope>
</SearchScopes>
<DisableAccelerators>true</DisableAccelerators>
<DisableFirstRunWizard>true</DisableFirstRunWizard>
<Home_Page>http://www.google.ca</Home_Page>
</component>
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A:Sysprep HELP

Hi Mathieu and a warm welcome to the Forum. Your question is a bit beyond me I'm afraid but I didn't like to see a new member waiting for a response to his first question when all the questions around him had rec'd answers. I'm sure some knowledgeable Guru will come to your aid shortly.

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Doing a search I found someone that uses "SysPrep". What is it and where do I find it?
 

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Hi,

I am trying to create a default profile for Windows 7 Professional. After customizing the image, I run "sysprep /audit /generalize /answerfile:c:\answerfile.xml /reboot". In the answerfile I have included the <CopyProfile>1</CopyProfile>

After that the computer restarts and the sysprep windows appears asking me to run OOBE.

When I run OOBE without the generalize switch, the customized profile is not copied to the default profile.

Can anyone explain me the difference between running "syspreb /oobe" with and without the generalize switch?

I tried searching on technet and other forums, but cannot find the answer I am looking for. Thanks for the replies in advance.

A:Please help > Sysprep

Sysprep a Windows 7 Machine ?€“ Start to Finish - The IT Bros - We Know So You Don't Have To

The important key parts:





Quote:
Step #9
Install Windows 7 (Enterprise) from CD or USB flash drive, when you arrive at the welcome screen and it asks you to create a username, hit ctrl+shift+f3.
This will reboot your machine and put your windows build in ‘audit’ mode.

Step #10
On reboot, you’ll automatically be logged in under the built-in Administrator account. A sysprep GUI box will appear, but you can close it and NOW begin to customize your profile.

Step #11
Install any software/drivers, make any profile customizations, etc.
If you need to reboot, the computer will boot you back into the Administrator account. You will be stuck in this audit mode until you run sysprep with the /oobe parameter. After doing so, sysprep will delete/clean up the Administrator account, but if you have copyprofile=true in your unattended answer file, it will copy the customized Admin account to the default profile before deleting it.

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hi all,

im trying to sysprep a image silent but after the image process is done and the pc reboots the (set up windows) keeps popping up.

i tried creating a answer file but that didnt seem to work.

i attached a screen shot.

thanks again
 

A:Win 7 Sysprep

Once the Set-up Windows is done, take out the disc and put it back in when prompted to do so.
 

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Q: sysprep

KMS Activation for Windows and Office Fails
I have cloned and deployed several PCs with similar hardware as they are of the same model.

The steps are as follows:
Computer A
Install Windows
Install applications/drivers/updates
Capture Image Version #1
Run sysprep
Join domain
Activate windows and office

Computer B, C and so on
Deploy Image Version #1 to a machine
Run sysprep
Join domain
Activate windows and office



Run the following bat file when sysprep

@ECHO OFF

reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\Sysprepstatus" /v CleanupState /t REG_DWORD /d 00000002 /F
reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\Sysprepstatus" /v GeneralizationState /t REG_DWORD /d 00000007 /F
reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform" /v SkipRearm /t REG_DWORD /d 00000001

msdtc -uninstall
timeout 120
msdtc -install
timeout 120

rmdir /Q /S "C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Panther" 
del /Q "C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Sysprep_succeeded.tag "

ECHO Beginning Sysprep. The system will shutdown when complete.

"C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Sysprep.exe" /oobe /generalize /shutdown


What is the difference if I sysprep /generalize with SkipRearm=1 and sysprep /generalize with SkipRearm=0?

I have now realised that windows and office fails to activate on the kms server by itself. Any idea on how I can remedy the problem. Thanks.

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