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Windows 7 AutoUnattend.xml - User & PC Name

Q: Windows 7 AutoUnattend.xml - User & PC Name

So I've been asked to research Win7 images and the best way to create and deploy them. We don't have MDT 2010 up yet, so I'm stuck using a custom install.wim along w/ the unattend.xml file.

Question #1

How can you stop Win7 OOBE welcome screen from making you create a local user account? After Win7 finishes its text based setup, I want it to boot into Windows as Admin bypassing the welcome screen (create user/change PC name). This way desktop support can -

1. Change the PC name
2. Join the domain, reboot, and be done
3. End user logs in, process complete

There is no need for them to do a Audit mode w/ reboot. The domain accounts already exist. I don't want local users being created.

In Win XP you could edit the sysprep.inf so that you had -


Which would allow you to log in as admin the first time after sysprep, join the domain, etc. How do you do this w/ Win7? I can only get it to log in as admin in systemAudit mode, I want to do it in OOBE.

Hopefully I just missed something. Like I said, I'm new to automating Win7 setup.

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A: Windows 7 AutoUnattend.xml - User & PC Name

I was able to successfully solve this exact problem by looking at this website:

Sysprep a Windows 7 Machine

With the unattend.xml file that I have, it prompts for a PC name first thing, then creates the local administrator account and automatically logs in one time, joins to the domain via my JOINDOMAIN.VBS script, installs our AntiVirus program, installs out network management agent, and activates windows automatically with KMS. Then it ends by initiating a system reboot with a 10 minute timeout clock. That way if an admin has to leave the machine during the imaging process, it won't stay logged in to the local admin account. So what you are asking about is definitely possible. Just make sure your unattend.xml file is built correctly.

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Hey everyone,
i am getting a problem as seen in the jpg, i have reviewed the setting but cant see where i am going wrong, if someone could look over the file and show me where i went wrong, thanks

A:autounattend.xml error in Windows PE

no one have any suggestions?

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I created an answer file in Windows SIM.
When I install system disabled features are still there.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--Windows 7 HOMEPREMIUM Audit Mode-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<package action="configure">
<assemblyIdentity name="Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package" version="6.1.7601.17514" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="" />
<selection name="InboxGames" state="false" />
<selection name="MediaPlayback" state="false" />
<selection name="MSRDC-Infrastructure" state="false" />
<selection name="Printing-XPSServices-Features" state="false" />
<selection name="SimpleTCP" state="true" />
<selection name="TabletPCOC" state="false" />
<selection name="TelnetClient" state="true" />
<selection name="WindowsGadgetPlatform" state="false" />
<selection name="Xps-Foundation-Xps-Viewer" state="false" />
Did anyone try to change <package action> value?
I don't know... setting ... Read more

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I'm having issues with my autounattend.xml, it errors out on <DiskConfiguration>
This xml if for BIOS not UEFI, so I have two partitions that Pass 1 creates, System and OS.
During test deployments WinPE is complaining about TypeID for Partition 1 which is the 250MB system partition. 
When I look at MS documentation the only TypeId for BIOS that exists is for OEM and recovery partitions.
Here is my <DiskConfiguration> component.
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-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">
<Disk wcm:action="add">
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
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I have created a autounattend.xml file using the Windows System Image Manager. When validating, everything comes back clean. However, when deploying it ends up failing with the message in the second set
I am deploying using this method to an Intel Compute Stick:
Use Rufus to "install" Windows iso to a Bootable USB drive.Drop autounattend.xml into the root of the USB driveBoot USB device, let the software do it's thing.
What actually happens:
Use Rufus to "install" Windows iso to a Bootable USB drive.Drop autounattend.xml into the root of the USB driveAfter a few minutes, Windows Setup complains: "Windows could not collect information for [OSImage] since the specified image file [D:\Sources\] does not exist

A few things about this:
I never specify D:\Sources anywhere in my autounattend.xmlAuto

I was not planning on doing this with Sysprep, I was planning on dropping the autounattend.xml file directly on to the root of the USB drive and let it install the image automatically rather than booting through WDS or something similar.

I have been reading Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums in case sysprep is the absolutely best way though.

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Hi, all just want some help on why the Autounattend.xml file that I have attached is not working.
It is designed to simply generate a random computer name and join the computer to the relevant 2008-R2 active directory domain specified during the OOBE setup process.
I have placed it in the root of OS drive (Aka C:\) and specified it as follows:

sysprep.exe /oobe /shutdown /quiet /unattend:C:\Autounattend.xml
When I start the computer back up, it is neither on the domain nor is the computer name changed and randomnized. The domain user account specified in the Autounattend.xml has permissions to create and delete computer objects.
What is wrong with what I am doing?
Regards: Elliott.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" 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">
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I have been trying to figure this one for few days now, but I'm still stuck...I have created Win7 Pro image and want to deploy it using external usb drive(s) in upcoming laptop deployment at my company. All went well with creating the answer file, no errors
at all and it does exactly what I need/want.
My issue is that when I copy the autounattand file onto the root of usb drive that contains all the setup folders/files, setup does not seem to detect the file and stalls at the very first choice of install language, however...when I take the very same answer
file and copy it onto smaller pendrive and start the same test laptop up with both external usb drives connected, configuration picks up and setup goes along without any issues. What gives? Tell me what I'm missing, please.
Thank you.

A:autounattend.xml will not load from USB HDD

The autounattend.xml file must be to the root of a UBS flash drive or a DVD.
You can follow this article:
Install Windows 7 from Hard Drive but i recommend the use of USB flash drive.
 Blog Microsoft |
Déployer Windows 7 |
Améliorer les performances de Windows 7

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I created that XML using WSIM. However, if I leave the size field blank (partition: 4), I encounter an error during installation, claiming DiskConfiguration to be incorrect. Is there any way to do this, and how?
Also, after I fixed this, I got a message telling me drivers for HDD/SSD were missing. Since this doesn't seem to happen with the regular installer disks, how and which drivers I need to integrate?

Thanks in advance!
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?><unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">    <settings pass="windowsPE">        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" 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">            <SetupUILanguage>                <UILanguage>de-DE</UILanguage>            </SetupUILanguage>            <InputLocale>de-DE</InputLocale>      &nbs... Read more

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I want to create an unattended.xml so my customers dont have to choose that, but i want them to be able to make all the other steps.

I have created an xml-file that i tought should work:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:a:/iso-filer/w7pro/install.wim#Windows 7 PROFESSIONAL" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />

I use that xml-file when i sysprep but i still need to choose settings for Windows update during OOBE.


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A month ago none of my images automatically joined the domain when deploying via WDS. Nothing has changed server side, or through the autounattend.xml itself. This is really puzzling. After hours of troubleshooting and trial and error, we're at a loss...
Below is the .xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
        <package action="configure">
            <assemblyIdentity name="Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package" version="6.1.7601.17514" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language=""
            <selection name="TabletPCOC" state="false" />
            <selection name="MediaCenter" state="false" />
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"
xmlns:xsi="htt... Read more

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Why Autounattend.xml remove these menu?

How do I change to keep them?

A:Why Autounattend.xml remove these menu?

Use an unmodified version of Windows 7....

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UBER EDIT: Starting over from scratch as it just got too complicated.

Hi, just built a new rig and have been utterly unsuccessful at installing windows on it. My rig has a razer deathadder mouse and deathstalker keyboard so during the windows install process the are not recognized and useless. I found out that I can use the "unattended install" method to circumvent this handicap. However I am running into problem after problem.

Im using the Official Install DVD and a USB with the autounattend.xml at the root. I created the autounattend.xml using RT Seven Lite. When I start it up asks for language and keyboard preference at the collecting information part. Here is my xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--This answer file generated by RT Seven Lite-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="windowsPE">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" 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">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" p... Read more

A:cannot partition hdd during usb install using autounattend.xml

They can hype a mouse and keyboard by giving them the scariest names but they're pretty useless if they can't install the OS.

I'd use another mouse and keyboard to Clean Install Windows 7.

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I'm about to prepare some OEM computers and have made a simple unattend.xml-file with help from the answering file sample from WAIK, but I can't get it to work properly.

I have copied the file to the root directory of an USB drive and it seemes like the installation program is reading the file (e.g. I don't have to specify an computer name when finalizing the installation) but it's not as automated that I would like it to be. I have to choose wich Windows version to install (basic, HP etc.), the disk partitions listed in the xml-file is not automated (I have to choose wich drive to use for installation), I need to confirm the license agreement, choose date and time options.

What can be wrong? I would like a clean, working autounattend.xml-file that automatically installs and also temporarily activates the administrator account so I can install updates, drivers and such and then seal everything up with sysprep.

Can anyone help me with this?
Here's my autounattend.xml file (I've deleted the OEM info):



A:Autounattend.xml doesn't work properly

Hi HITData, welcome to the forums, Have a look at this Windows 7 doesn&#39;t detect autounattend.xml? It may help you

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I've been trying to create my own Autounattend.xml file so that my Win 7 installations goes 100% automatic.
However after couple of days without success I would like to ask for some help.
The autounattend does work as far as to the DiskConfiguration where it fails, it doesn't wipe the disk nor create the partitions that I ask it to do. I've been searching on the forum and I see that there's a lot of people having the same issue however I
can't get mine to work..
If it matters or not, anyway when I come to the disk configuration screen I try to press Next and it just says "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate and existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information."
Can anyone out there go through my code to see if there is anything that has to be added/removed/changed?
I appreciate it, thanks!
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="windowsPE">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" 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">
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I have created an automatted installation for Windows 7 via AIK and I am setting the UserLocale, UILangauge and Inputlocale for specific regions. I then saw this aritcle furthest below (see: "Apply regional and language settings to reserved accounts") and was
wondering if there are other autounattend.xml paramters that also need to be set to ensure these "reservered accounts" are set for the proper regions.
Please note: I want to keep the base language for Windows and the SQL Collation set to en-US, just the default users regional settings (UserLocale?), UI (UILanguage?) and keyboard (InputLocale?) settings need to be country specific.
In my Autounatted.xml file I have all the Locale settings set for en-US in the 1 windowsPE section. I believe these only apply for the actual installation process and not the final Windows deployed image. Is that correct?
I believe I need to set the locale setting in either the 4 specialized or 7 oodesystem pass to affect the installed system.
So to achieve, my desired resule, OS & SQL using a base en_US language and the default User, UI, and keyboard langauge being country specific, I would set the Microsoft-Windows-Internationas-Core_neutral settings as follows:
InputLocale to the specific country such as da-DK (Denmark)
SystemLocale is set to en_US
UILangauge is set to da-DK
Userlocale woud also be set to da_DK
Can anyone confirm how these locale setting work and if I am interpreting/setting them corre... Read more

A:Apply regional and language settings to reserved accounts during silent autounattend.xml

Hi Jim,
 as you mentioned above it works, for more details reefer the below link
Thanks ,
Narayana Mandali 

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I have a scenario where system can have more than one storage controllers. The first storage controller has x amount of disks and is unfortunately enumerated before the controller that has the disk I want to install to. So,
the install disk number is never fixed nor is it ever guaranteed to be zero, unless I take the controller and/or disks offline during the install. This workaround is really not desirable and I am wondering if anyone has a way of installing to a specific disk.
Not being able to install to any disk sort of defeats the purpose of having this field at all. Without someway to dynamically fetch the disk number, it looks like this will only works if the DiskId is guaranteed to be zero such
as on a system with one disk. 

I have seen an example from many years ago where it was possible to get the DiskId by running a vbs script like getDiskId.vbs then the autounattend.xml would look like something along those lines. But, it wasn't clear whether
that's still applicable and whether anyone has gotten that to work.
                        <Partiti... Read more

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Earlier today I turned on my Toshiba laptop (Satellite P855-S5200) and got some sort of error screen, and then it brought me to a screen asking if I wanted to do a system repair or start windows normally. I chose system repair, but then it seemed to get stuck in that process (It was taking forever and nothing was happening), so I turned off the laptop (I know, big no no), booted in safe mode, and did a system restore to a restore point from about a week ago. The "starting Windows" screen came and went, no problem. Everything seemed fine till I got to the User Selection screen (the default blue one with the little hummingbird or whatever). Then it just sat there on that screen. I could see the hummingbird and the little squiggly lines, but there were no buttons to click my user. I just let it sit there, and after about 5 minutes, the user names popped up, and I was able to continue using the computer without any problems, no other speed issues whatsoever. It now makes me wait every time, always about 5 minutes, before the user names pop up. It does this when I restart the machine and when I try to switch users.

It is a Pentium Core i7
2.3 Ghz
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Let me know if you need any other specs.

Any ideas?


A:Windows 7 takes forever to load the select user/switch user screen

Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start.

The steps begin with disinfection from Safe Mode or boot disk, since if Win7 is badly infected it may not repair until cleaned up. Then everything possible to start it is sequenced.

I would also do the hardware tests provided before rescuiing the data to run Recovery or get the superior Clean Reinstall.

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When I login to windows (7, Ultimate x64) on most profiles (created a new one, affected, logged into my admin account, 1 of 2 user accounts, a clean one for lightweight surfing with no load time for all 3rd party s/w) and my monitor goes from extended (blank) (1920x1080) to ... looking like it has a FAT black border (on secondary monitor).

Also some issues with network adapter connecting and mounted volumes attaching (instead of being instantaneous they take minutes) event viewer doesn't mention anything significant... any ideas?

Interestingly, I can't open Intel's CPanel (desktop context > Graphics Properties) (gfxui.exe) on other profiles.. will get details

A:User Profile Corruption/RegIssues? How to monitor windows (user login)

Sounds to me like something in one or more of the user profiles has gotten corrupted. you might have to delete one or more user accounts and then re create those accounts which should hopefully fix the corruption issue. I know u might not want to do that; but at this point i dont see any other choice to fix the problem.

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Hi all,

I had to repair Windows XP Home from original disk because of a system 32 error.

Now when I start Windows on the welcome page it says "To begin, click your user name" but the right part of the screen where the users normally are is completely blank. There are no users to choose from.

I can run Safe Mode, so I have tried the following

1. In safe mode went to Control Panel>Users> and added a new user and checked the Administrator password was still the same (yes). This made no difference and blue logon screen still asked me to choose a user but had no users showing.

2. In safe mode Start>Run "Control Userpasswords2" and unchecked "Users must use a password on this computer". This has now created the error when I boot "Unable to log you on because of an account restriction". Then goes back to blue "To begin, click your user name" but no users.

3. Tried repairing Win XP AGAIN, but no difference.

Has anyone seen this problem before? I would so appreciate any input.

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Good evening from Graz,

i have quite a strange problem on my personal pc since the last few days. I cannot login to my useraccount(which has a transparent picture at the logon screen since a few days).
I have just one workarround: if i login with my adminaccount and logoff, the userpicture of my privateaccount appears again and the login is possible.

What could this problem be related to?

Nico Müller

A:Solved: Windows 7 User Account Problem(Transparent User Picture)

Good morning,

solved it. Disabled the admin account, and removed the pw of my useraccount.
Kind a strange problem indeed, but seems to be solved.

Thanks anyway,

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I recently added an admin user to my comp. and the problem is that now when i reboot i have to either select admin or myself. i do a lot of remoting to my comp when im away and if i need to reboot im gonna be stuck because the comp will not automatically reload my profile. If there is no way to do this, how can i delete a user from the comp. Ill just get rid of the admin user.
Thanks in advance,


A:can windows automatically load a certain user without the screen to select a user

If I am understanding you correctly, I think this will help:

From an Administrator account, click Start, Run and enter CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2. Remove the check mark from Users must enter a username and password and click Apply. Follow the prompts.

See if that helps. Good luck!

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I need to add another standard user. I have one admin account and one standard user.

After adding the second standard account name and password on Control Panel
I get the confirmation that the new user can now sign in.

However,I get this famous message that the profile service cannot open.

I looked into C:users and find
First standard user

But not the newly created user account. Nor can I find it in the Registry ProfileService.

Why does Window lye to me saying the new user account is available but it did not create it?

A:Added user account Windows does not create user profile

Did you sign out of your account and then try to sign in to the new one?
The new user folder won't be created until you sign in and set up the account.

User Account - Add a New User in Windows 8

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Can I use the different user types in Windows 2000 to pick and choose what programs my kids can use? I have a few semi-violent computer games I would rather not let my children play or see. Is this part of the different user levels is capable of? If so, do I have to log off, and then let my child log on to make this work? If not, is there another program that does this, or one that perhaps adds a password to get into certain games or programs?
Are there any free ones?


A:Windows 2000, power user, adminstrator user etc?


You'd be better off asking in Win2000 bit, but I'm learning it at the moment, so I'll have a go.

Yes, you can restrict them. You will have to log off, but as you are the main person who sets up the other users, ie your children, then you will act as the administrator. You can block acces to many things.

Now, as I say, I'm just beginning, but others will have a better chance. Go to Control Panel | Users and Passwords icon.

If the User must enter a password...is not ticked, tick it.
Click Add, enter the name. Next. select the level of access:

Standard, Restricted, Other

maybe Standard?

You can modify the account. Click Advanced, Advanced button under Advanced user managegment. In the Local Users and Groups window, doubleclick Users folder, and then doubleclick the user you wish to modify.

This bit I'm a little cagy on, but you could try with trial and error.

maybe someone could carry this on


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Hello, I have a domain environment and my current windows 7 is in domain, (I'm logged in with local admin credentials) I'm using command "net user <user> /domain" which gives me access denied (<user> is domain account) Can't figure
out why, hope you can help. Thanks.

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I am having major trouble with Word! After giving up on Word 2013 and installing Word 2016, the problems have not gone away. [See this thread Word 2013 behaving strangely trying to exit in Business Applications forum for what I've been dealing with.]

A VERY helpful user has suggested that I may have a corrupted user profile. My wife's profile may also be corrupted, since we both have the same problems with Word. I've been advised to create a new local limited user profile, and I'm about to do that. But I think I also need to put the necessary documents and files and folders that I use from my present Users\Tom\Documents folder, etc., into that new profile, don't I? In order to actually run anything like Office 2016 and actually have access to any of my existing *.docx or *.xls documents?

If so, what's the right way to do that? When I browsed the web an hour or so ago on how to create the user acct I skimmed past a document that I think said I should NOT move or copy some of the NTUSER files (not sure that's the exact file name but it's close) into the new profile because those might be what's corrupted. But now I can't go back to where I found that document and read it, and I'm scared that I might "populate" the new user account incorrectly and either not fix my problems or make them even worse. It seems clear to me that if I suspect my existing profile is corrupted, a "bulk copy" or "bulk move... Read more

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I run windows 7 premium 64 and all of the sudden I stated to get this popup after windows loads that says
"C:\User\Lori-Bee\AppData\Local\Temp\032150Log.iniis lost"
How can I fix this?...I tried check disk running CCleaner ....No difference

A:C:\User\User -User\AppData\Local\Temp\032150Log.iniis lost

Hi there ... Read the Link below and follow the Instructions ..
ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Forum- Error 182418Log.iniis lost

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After adding a User as a Family Member(child), when the family member logs in with his user he gets this message: The User profile service failed. The sign in user Profile cannot be loaded.

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I currently have 5 user accounts on my windows vista 32-bit computer and I needed to create a new account. So, I logged onto the administrator account and created a new user account. Then, I logged off the administrator account and tried to log onto the new account. However, I received the following message
The user profile service failed the log on.
User profile can not be loaded.
After receiving the message I restarted the computer and attempted to log onto the new account but I received the same message.
Please help me.
Thank you in advance.

A:The user profile service Service failed the log on. User profile can not be loaded. Problem. Windows Vista 32-bit

Fix a corrupted user profile, Vista - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/fix-a-corrupted-user-profile


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As of today, in our domain environment consisting of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Enterprise machines, we are experiencing the "User Profile service failed the sign-in - User profile cannot be loaded" error message whenever a user tries to login.
This only affects users new to the particular machine. If they have signed on before and already have a cached account the computer logs them in with no issue. This is occurring on both Win8.1 and Win7 machines. We are an academic institution so this is becoming
a huge problem in our labs. Students generally use different computers so this is popping up very frequently. I have a solution for the issue. It appears that on the non-working machines that the "Default" user profile is corrupt. I have discovered
that if I find a machine, Win8.1 or Win7, doesn't matter, that is allowing first time users to logon I can copy the "Default" user profile and replace the corrupt one. I must first permanently delete the corrupt profile before copying over the new
one. I am doing this over the network by navigating the C:\users\ folder. Even this way is becoming cumbersome though as we have over 1000 computer in labs. I have googled and googled and I keep seeing the same answers offering various solutions, none which
are any more practical than my method. I cannot find information on a cause or a reason of why this would just crop up out of nowhere. I suspect maybe a Windows update but I cannot verify that yet. ... Read more

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I purchased a Inspiron 17 7737 directly from dell.com on 12/5/2013.  It was delivered on 12/182013.  It had Windows 8 as the operating system.  I had assumed that it would have the latest version of Windows when it arrived since 8.1 had been issued in October. I opened the Store app and the upgrade to Windows 8.1 was not available to me.  I understood that this was a problem for others and did not pursue it further at that time.  I was out of town for 2 weeks in January and did not use the laptop during that 2 week period.  When I returned, I opened the Store and found prominently placed the invitation to the free upgrade to 8.1. I was signed in using the Administrator account and when I hit the download button for 8.1. I was given the message "You need to use an account with Administrator privileges to install Windows 8.1, try logging in with the user account of an administrator of this PC and try update again".  I verified that my account had Administrator privileges and tried again and got the same message. I created another user account and gave it administrator privileges and tried the download again signed in on that account and got the same message.  I called technical support and for over 5 hours over 2 different days, the technician attempted to resolve the issue by uninstalling and reinstalling Windows updates. When that failed to resolve the problem, he "refreshed" my PC which, I understood put it back to ... Read more

A:Store does not recognize my Administrator User account when attempting to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

You are not alone. Several have had the same problem with no resolution. I think it has something funny to do with the User Accounts. Making a second account with admin privleges doesn't work. I would try to reinstall the OS from the hidden image and try again. A Refresh like Dell tried will not do the trick, as it retains much of the data from before the Refresh; you need a clean start. Don't do anything witht the Admin Account other than let Windows set it up and set your password. All updates need to be installed before the upgrade will show in the Store. I have upgraded five Win 8 installations and have had zero problems.

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The Windows PowerShell 1.0 MUI Language Pack runs only on MUI versions of Windows, in which the Windows interface can be displayed in multiple languages. It displays the Windows PowerShell 1.0 interface in Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. For detailed information, see Knowledge Base Article 926141.

The MUI Language Pack does not include the Windows PowerShell 1.0 program. If you are running a MUI version of Windows, first install an English-language version of Windows PowerShell 1.0 and then install the MUI Language Pack for Windows PowerShell 1.0. For information about the installation packages for the English-language versions of Windows PowerShell 1.0, see Knowledge Base article 926139.

Each version of Windows PowerShell 1.0 is associated with its own version-specific MUI language pack. The MUI interface works properly only when you have installed the same versions of the Windows PowerShell program and the MUI language pack. If you have any other versions of Windows PowerShell 1.0 on the computer, uninstall the MUI language pack and the other version of Windows PowerShell 1.0 before installing the new version and the new MUI language pack. For details, see Knowledge Base Article 926141.

You do not have to restart Windows after installing the MUI Language Pack for Windows PowerShell 1.0.

System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
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A:Windows PowerShell 1.0 Multilingual User Interface Package for Windows Server 2003

Same as above, but Multilingual User for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition



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Hi all,
When you are logging into Windows 8.1,8 or 7 using your user credential you will finaly end up as system service account or at least your profile will be recognized this way. This mean that system is now looking in C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile

I faced this probem few times on diffrent PCs. This problem has been out there for some time and peapole are tring to copy their profile to C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile. Sound no good for me.

Another way is to create new profile but it takes a lot of time and the problem sometimes comes back
I manage to find out that the issue has something to do with the change of the registry at

S-X-X-XX-XXXXXXXXX is your user SID. The to REG_DWORD that are changed
After you change values to FLAGS 1 and REFCOUNT 0 you have to log out. Now log in and you profile should be back again.
I hope that this will save you some time and that microsoft will finaly fix whatever cause this issue.

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The KB3102812 is now installed as Important update in November 2015 patch tuesday. I noticed that after the KB is installed any
manual Windows Update process lacks "Installing updates" stage in user interface. If affects both classic desktop Control Panel - Windows Update user interface and modern PC Settings one.

Before the KB update manual windows update behaves as expected:
1. Check for updates ... searching ... if any, you can select stem
2. Install button
3. Reports Downloading updates stage
4. Reports Preparing to install stage
5. Reports Installing updates stage
6. Reports Done

After the KB3102812 is installed the stage 5 no longer exists. It installs updates correctly (typically Windows Defender definitions) but still reports "Preparing to install" stage and after a while "Done" stage. I can reproduce it on
two different Windows 8.1 machines. Removing the KB3102812 solves the issue and brings back expected behavior.

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I have noticed in the past week that this service is taking about 80M of memory, all the time. This seems very hi. I looked this process up and found out that it only suppose to take up about 8-9M of memory at any given time. I have recently installed some windows updates, Babylon 9 and upgraded to firefox 5.
here is my log file

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 2:09:41 PM, on 8/14/2011
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6002.18005)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Wireless Assistant\HPWAMain.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\UdaterUI.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\QuickPlay\QPService.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee Security Scan\2.0.181\SSScheduler.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\Common Framework\McTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP wireless Assistant\WiFiMsg.EXE
C:\Program Files\Apoint2K\ApMsgFwd.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Shared\HpqToaster.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apntex.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail.exe
C:\Program Files\Babylon\Babylon-Pro\Babylon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNo... Read more

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Whenever a user changes their Windows password, the next time they open their mail, it prompts them for user name & password. It appears that the user's password changes the Windows Mail password, thus causing Windows Mail to prompt for it because the newly saved password doesn't work. I can't find any help on this anywhere. Any ideas how to unlink this?

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A sorry story - I went to download a copy of Opera, and must have gone to a non-genuine site because all of a sudden I got a host of pop-ups, inc one telling me about a wonderful "Optimiser" product. Had a go at cleaning the virus and then performed a windows update that had come along.
Next boot i have lost my user profile..

Long story short, I think I have cleaned the virus, fixed the user profile issue, but now am lost in the non-genuine Windows nightmare. Diagnostic report below.

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0x80070005
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-YYFRF-BT3R9-GVFPD
Windows Product Key Hash: 1H2ceMu35VtLDL83p6D/Az8t6k4=
Windows Product ID: 00426-104-2695677-85957
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {17D736EA-ED14-4184-8789-CE8BE0BC3661}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.140706-1506
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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A:Virus, Windows update, user profile and now Genuine Windows problem

If it gives you a access denied message while trying to activate windows; you may very well need to change the permissions for your user name in order for you to have access to it as windows 7 has quirks about having access to certain items even if your user name is a administrator. As for the non genuine windows thing; I strongly advise you in the future to never go to a non genuine site for any free browser. Always type the url directly into the address bar of the browser you use as that way you will encounter less issues. To get rid of the non genuine opera copy. I would download and install revo uninstaller from the link below and that should help to get rid of any registry entries in windows as well as the program folder:


download, install, and run the uninstaller from the above link then do a google search for opera browser. Thats your best bet at this point.

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Download this package if you use Fast User Switching on Windows XP Media Center Edition. This will correct the problem where your Media Center PC may stop responding when you switch between users while watching live TV.

For more information about this issue, read Microsoft KB Article Q811009

System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP

Windows XP Media Center Edition




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Hello, The environment is as follows:
Windows 8.1 Pro with certain security updates installed causes an issue for Standard users using VMWare Workstation 8 where the mouse clicks that are meant for a VM, are not registered by the VM every time, sometimes it takes 4 to 5 clicks to register in
the VM and then other times you have to move the mouse outside the VM window and bring it back in for the mouse clicks to register. This issue is not present for Administrator users.
I have already narrowed down one update specifically that causes this issue, by uninstalling all security updates, the problem went away, as I installed one update at a time back on to the system, update KB3087039 triggered the issue, I thought this
was a resolution, to just keep that update off my end users machines, but when I installed the rest of the security updates, excluding that update, the issue returned.
I could uninstall and reinstall and narrow this down further, but my main concern is that one, this may create security issues that these updates are intended to fix, and two, that would create a lot of administrative overhead, especially if more security
updates in the future will cause the issue to return.
I would like for Microsoft to investigate this issue and either fix the problem with these updates or come up with a new update I can deploy that fixes this problem, if such an update already exists, I would greatly appreciate to be pointed in its direction
either by KB number o... Read more

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The KB3102812 is now installed as Important update in November 2015 patch tuesday. I noticed that after the KB is installed any
manual Windows Update process lacks "Installing updates" stage in user interface. If affects both classic desktop Control Panel - Windows Update user interface and modern PC Settings one.

Before the KB update manual windows update behaves as expected:
1. Check for updates ... searching ... if any, you can select stem
2. Install button
3. Reports Downloading updates stage
4. Reports Preparing to install stage
5. Reports Installing updates stage
6. Reports Done

After the KB3102812 is installed the stage 5 no longer exists. It installs updates correctly (typically Windows Defender definitions) but still reports "Preparing to install" stage and after a while "Done" stage. I can reproduce it on
two different Windows 8.1 machines. Removing the KB3102812 solves the issue and brings back expected behavior.

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I don't know if this is the right forum for this question, but I'm hopeful.
What I hope to achieve is a fresh installation of Win 7, and all of the necessary hardware drivers for any particular model of laptop, leaving the computer completely ready for a new user.  When the new user first turns the machine on it should state that "Setup is preparing the computer for first use" and then prompt the new user for setup information.  In other words I want to install Windows and the drivers and then leave the computer without an established user profile or other setup information (ie - keyboard layout, time zone, etc.).
Does anyone around here have any idea how I would go about accomplishing this?  Thanks so much in advance!  :-)

A:Installing Windows AND H/W drivers leaving Windows rdy 4 setup by first user

How many models are we talking about?
I'd recommend searching windows 7 unattended install to start with.  You will need to included all of the necessary drivers for all of the machines you want to use this on, hence the question of how many.  I will tell you that 10 machines or so will require at least 15GB of space for the install.  The more machines the more space you will need to store the install.

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I have 3 user accounts on my windows 8.1 laptop; 2 administrator types and 1 standard local account. While logged in using one of the admin user accounts or the local account, I can access the store app. However, when i log in using the other administrator account and try to access the store app, i just get the spinning circle and nothing happens. Is there something wrong with how one user account is set up that is causing the problem. I have tried some of the suggestions mentioned in threads for store app not working but nothing helps. Do I have to delete the user account and try re-establishing it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:user account cannot open windows store app in windows 8.1

Hello dh, and welcome to Eight Forums.

For now, you might see if going through the listed troubleshooting items in the tutorial below may be able to help. It sounds like the issue may be because you are signing in with a local account and not a Microsoft account. Local accounts cannot use apps that require a Microsoft service since that requires you to be signed in to a Microsoft account.

Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

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My user account in Windows 8 is tied to my Microsoft Account: [email protected] How do I create a corresponding user name on Windows Home Server v1? It won't accept the @ symbol as part of the user name.



A:Windows Home Server and Windows 8 User Name Setup

Originally Posted by ejr49

My user account in Windows 8 is tied to my Microsoft Account: [email protected] How do I create a corresponding user name on Windows Home Server v1? It won't accept the @ symbol as part of the user name.



Which ever User name you used when you set up your Windows 8 is the one you would use for the credentials on the Home server.

For instance if you used the name JSmith-PC then the User name to use is JSmith.

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we have several computer that they are joined to domain.
when we login to windows by domain users it restarts like it losts power. there is no event log except "Power-Kernel event ID:41, Task category(63)".
it is interesting when we login by local users the windows works normally.
please give us a solution to resolve this problem.

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Hi All,
I've spent the last couple of days working on getting remote assistance working between Windows 7 to Windows 7 machines and am now at what appears to be hopefully one of the last hurdles.
The long and the short of it now is that only some members of our windows 7 administrators group can offer unsolicited remote assistance offers. When a normal users (or funnily enough my domain admin account) makes the offer they are just prompted with
an error message that says -
"Your offer to help could not be sent 
Check the following
* Do you have the correct permissions on the remote computer?
* Is the remote computer turned on, and is it connected to the network?
* Is there a network problem?
For assistance, contact your network administrator"
If I log on with a domain account that is a member of the local administrators it will connect without issue. I can also connect with the user account using the invitiation file.
I've enabled the group policy [computer config > admin templates > system > remote assistance > offer remote assistance], set it to "allow helpers to remotely control the computer" and have added (along with the computer admins domain group)
a domain group that the standard user accounts are all members of, but it still doesn't work. (Until I set this policy it wouldn't work from any account). I have checked and the policy is applying and populating the "Offer Remote Assistance... Read more

A:Windows 7 to Windows 7 Remote Assistance Standard User

Hi Kevin,
I cracked it this afternoon - someone has set the "Access this computer from the network" and only put the admins in there... undefined the policy and voila!
Thanks for your help

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I have a few recovery questions for which I was unable to find specific answers to in the forum, but I did try to look first.
1) Is the recovery partition on my new Asus laptop a static recovery image which basically contains the OEM's Windows 8 installation? In other words, something that never changes?
2) If I make a USB bootable recovery drive with the OEM recovery partition copied to it, this means that I have two recovery options (one on the hard disk and one on the USB stick). Is this correct?
3) Regarding question #2, is the option to create a recovery drive on a USB drive (with OEM recovery partition) just a redundant measure in case the hard drive fails?
4) If I make a recovery option on a USB stick, with OEM partition copied, and test it, can I remove the recovery partition on my hard drive and gain the space back?
5) Is there a way to create a customized recovery partition with specific settings or configurations in place of the OEM recovery partition area? (I think I'd have to use a 3rd party imaging tool for this?
6) Exactly what partitions are restored to when doing a full recovery option (reset)?
7) I tested a full recovery restore last night from my USB stick and it took a very long time (hours?). Can I assume that if I do a recovery (reset) from the partition on my hard drive it will be much faster?

That's it. Thanks!

A:Windows 8 basic recovery ?'s for a noob Windows 8 user

Hello again marklyn,

I see you bailed out of that other post and started a new thread here; eh? So, did you ever figure out why you don't have the ability to "create a system image" in control panel? Anyway, I certainly can't untangle your myriad of questions and provide you with a specific direction because I'm not really sure where you want to end up with this whole thing; however, I can suggest that you need to provide a screenshot of disk management (as previously requested) so maybe someone else can help you from there. However, it really seems like you are heading for trouble with all that you are trying to do so, with that said, I would strongly recommend backing up whatever you have now and then doing a clean legacy or uefi Win 8 install. Once done, you can use a 3rd party software (eg, Macrium Reflect Free) to backup/restore system images as required. Good luck in whatever decisions you may make and I hope somebody can answer all your questions.

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