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i am trying to deploy Windows 7 on difrent Hp machines. I am getting error windows could not parse or process the unattended answer file for pass(specialize)

Q: i am trying to deploy Windows 7 on difrent Hp machines. I am getting error windows could not parse or process the unattended answer file for pass(specialize)

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>" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Sta>" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Sta>
<ImageInstall>
<OSImage>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
<InstallTo>
<DiskID>0</DiskID>
<PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
</InstallTo>
<InstallFrom>
<Path>.\Operating Systems\Capture10\Capture103.wim</Path>
<MetaData>
<Key>/IMAGE/INDEX</Key>
<Value>1</Value>
</MetaData>
</InstallFrom>
</OSImage>
</ImageInstall>
<Display>
<ColorDepth>16</ColorDepth>
<HorizontalResolution>1024</HorizontalResolution>
<RefreshRate>60</RefreshRate>
<VerticalResolution>768</VerticalResolution>
</Display>
<ComplianceCheck>
<DisplayReport>OnError</DisplayReport>
</ComplianceCheck>
<UserData>
<AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
<ProductKey>
<Key></Key>
</ProductKey>
</UserData>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS"
xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Stat" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Stat" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Stat" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Stat" target="_blank" class="wLink">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>
<SetupUILanguage>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
</SetupUILanguage>
<InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale>
<SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
<UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="generalize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm=http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Stat
xmlns:xsi=http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instanc>
<DoNotCleanTaskBar>true</DoNotCleanTaskBar>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm=http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Sta>
<Identification>
<Credentials>
<Username></Username>
<Domain></Domain>
<Password></Password>
</Credentials>
<JoinDomain></JoinDomain>
<JoinWorkgroup></JoinWorkgroup>
<MachineObjectOU></MachineObjectOU>
</Identification>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm=http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Sta>
<ComputerName></ComputerName>
<ProductKey></ProductKey>
<RegisteredOrganization>Services</RegisteredOrganization>
<RegisteredOwner>Services</RegisteredOwner>
<DoNotCleanTaskBar>true</DoNotCleanTaskBar>
<TimeZone>Pacific Standard Time</TimeZone>
<CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS"
xmlns:wcm=http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Stat xmlns:xsi=http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instan>
<Home_Page>about:blank</Home_Page>
<DisableWelcomePage>true</DisableWelcomePage>
<DisableFirstRunWizard>false</DisableFirstRunWizard>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Deployment" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm=http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Stat
xmlns:xsi=http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instanc>
<RunSynchronous>
<RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
<Description>EnableAdmin</Description>
<Order>1</Order>
<Path>cmd /c net user Administrator /active:yes</Path>
</RunSynchronousCommand>
<RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
<Description>UnfilterAdministratorToken</Description>
<Order>2</Order>
<Path>cmd /c reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v FilterAdministratorToken /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f</Path>
</RunSynchronousCommand>
<RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
<Description>disable user account page</Description>
<Order>3</Order>
<Path>reg add HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE /v UnattendCreatedUser /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f</Path>
</RunSynchronousCommand>
</RunSynchronous>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm=http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Staxmlns:xsi=http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instan
<InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale>
<SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
<UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-TapiSetup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm=http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Stat
xmlns:xsi=http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instanc>
<TapiConfigured>0</TapiConfigured>
<TapiUnattendLocation>
<AreaCode>""</AreaCode>
<CountryOrRegion>1</CountryOrRegion>
<LongDistanceAccess>9</LongDistanceAccess>
<OutsideAccess>9</OutsideAccess>
<PulseOrToneDialing>1</PulseOrToneDialing>
<DisableCallWaiting>""</DisableCallWaiting>
<InternationalCarrierCode>""</InternationalCarrierCode>
<LongDistanceCarrierCode>""</LongDistanceCarrierCode>
<Name>Default</Name>
</TapiUnattendLocation>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-SystemRestore-Main" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm=http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Stat
xmlns:xsi=http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instan>
<DisableSR>1</DisableSR>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm=http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State>
<UserAccounts>
<AdministratorPassword>
<Value>MQBCAHIAdQBaADEAbgA4AEEAZABtAGkAbgBpAHMAdAByAGEAdABvAHIAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
<PlainText>false</PlainText>
</AdministratorPassword>
</UserAccounts>
<AutoLogon>
<Enabled>true</Enabled>
<Username>DMT</Username>
<Domain>.</Domain>
<Password>
<Value></Value>
<PlainText>false</PlainText>
</Password>
<LogonCount>999</LogonCount>
</AutoLogon>
<Display>
<ColorDepth>32</ColorDepth>
<HorizontalResolution>1024</HorizontalResolution>
<RefreshRate>60</RefreshRate>
<VerticalResolution>768</VerticalResolution>
</Display>
<FirstLogonCommands>
<SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
<CommandLine>wscript.exe %SystemDrive%\LTIBootstrap.vbs</CommandLine>
<Description>Lite Touch new OS</Description>
<Order>1</Order>
</SynchronousCommand>
</FirstLogonCommands>
<OOBE>
<HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
<NetworkLocation>Work</NetworkLocation>
<ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
</OOBE>
<RegisteredOrganization>Services</RegisteredOrganization>
<RegisteredOwner>Services</RegisteredOwner>
<TimeZone></TimeZone>
</component>
<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>
<InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale>
<SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
<UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="offlineServicing">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsNonWinPE" 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>
<DriverPaths>
<PathAndCredentials wcm:keyValue="1" wcm:action="add">
<Path>\Drivers</Path>
</PathAndCredentials>
</DriverPaths>
</component>
</settings>
<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog://wdstest01/deploymentshare$/operating systems/capture10/capture103_101ddrive.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>

In my task sequence I have added selection profile for divers and also run command line to disable administrator, As i want the system loging to my user account "DMT",It work good yesterday. When I try to deploy today getting this error.

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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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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 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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My manufacturer gave me images and scripts that deploy image in notebook. I installed Win10 in it but it got an error during setup. I found out that it caused by Unattend.xml file. Some said that it solved the problem by removing the component line but i'm unsure if it is safe to remove this line

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" 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">
<ComputerName>DENVER NBW-1004</ComputerName>
<OEMName>EnergySistem</OEMName>
</component>


Full Unattend.xml file.
[XML] urn:schemas-microsoft-c - Pastebin.com

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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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HI everyone I need assistance. Every time I try and image a new machine on my network I get this error...
"Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [oobeSystem]. A component or setting specified in the answer file does not exist." 
Ive checked and checked and there is no unattend.xml answer file in that location. What ive done is setup Windows 7 and installed all my applications in audit mode (Ctrl+Shift+F3). After im done I run sysprep with generalize, oobe and shutdown options.
It goes through just fine. I then boot to PXE to capture the image. All is fine with that as well. On my WDS server on the Client tab I have my xml I created with WSIM. Keep in mind this has worked in the past now all of a sudden its not. Everything installs
fine, im able to boot from PXE and select the image I created during capture. All is well. Obviously my answer file works up until it gets to the point where it says its setting up...It reboots a couple of times and BAM thats where I get the error. Here is
my xml file for reference...

<?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&qu... Read more

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windows 7 pro in a domain environment:
I am working in a school environment in a domain network. I am trying to re-image a computer that has already been imaged before using the same unattend.xml. The error I am getting when I launch the cmd: sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:unattend.xmlis...windows
could not parse or process the unattend answer file (unattend.xml). The answer file contains one or more settings elements that have already been processed.

One thing I should mention. The computer that I am trying to re-image has been updated to windows 7 service pack 1 and all susequent service packs.

Thank you in advance,

Andrew

A:windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file

Download and install WAIK, then edit the answer file within it. It can help you to find the mistakes.

The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5753
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Having a problem with this and getting this error after reboot. It contacts the WDS server and bring down the image and then tells me "Unable to parse unattended.xml c:\windows\panther\unattended.xml
file is invalid" Attached is my "image unattend" and my unattend files. Both files pass in waik with no errors.
In advance thanks for the help
Doc
Unattend
<?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="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">
            <SetupUILanguage>
                <UILanguage>en-us</UILanguage>
            </SetupUILanguage>
            <InputLocale>en-us</InputLocale>
            <SystemLoca... Read more

A:Unable to parse unattended.xml c:\windows\panther\unattended.xml file is invalid

I found my problem and here is the link to it.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/909264
Thanks Doc

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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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My unattended XML file:
<?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>en-us</UILanguage>
            </SetupUILanguage>
            <InputLocale>en-us</InputLocale>
            <SystemLocale>en-us</SystemLocale>
            <UILanguage>en-us</UILanguage>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-us</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-us</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad... Read more

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Hello,

I am currently studying to take the 70-680 in a week's time and am trying to build an answer file. Having done so and included in in the root directory of my Windows 7 USB installation disk, i get the following error: Windows cannot parse the answer file's <diskconfiguration> setting.

Here is what my answer file looks like:


<?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>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
<UILanguage>en-uk</UILanguage>
</SetupUILanguage>
<InputLocale>en-uk</InputLocale>
<SystemLocale>en-uk</SystemLocale>
<UILanguage>en-uk</UILanguage>
<UserLocale>en-uk</UserLocale>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35&... Read more

A:Windows cannot parse the answer file's <diskconfiguration> setting

  
Quote: Originally Posted by vlakarmis


<DiskConfiguration>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
<Disk wcm:action="add">
<CreatePartitions>
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<Order>1</Order>
<Size>15000</Size>
<Type>Primary</Type>
</CreatePartition>
</CreatePartitions>
<ModifyPartitions>
<ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
<Active>true</Active>
<Extend>false</Extend>
<Format>NTFS</Format>
<Label>OS_install</Label>
<Letter>C</Letter>
<Order>1</Order>
<PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
<TypeID></TypeID>
</ModifyPartition>
</ModifyPartitions>
<DiskID>0</DiskID>
<WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
</Disk>
</Dis... Read more

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Hi there.

I'm trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate on a Sony Vaio AR41s via a DVD that I burned (slowest speed, was very careful about that) but upon starting the installation I get the error message:

Windows cannot parse the unattend answer file's <DiskConfiguration> setting

After closing this dialog box the laptop reboots and starts the process from scratch.

The Vaio has nothing on it as far as I'm aware (No OS found etc...) so I'm pretty sure this is as clean a install as I could do.

Here's the specs of the AR41s:
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 @ 2.2 GHz
Cache Memory - 4 MB - L2 Cache
RAM - DDR II SDRAM - 667 MHz - PC2-5300 ( 2 x 1 GB )
HDD - 2x 160 GB - Serial ATA-150 @ 5400 rpm
Optical Storage - BD-RE
GPU - NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT - 256 MB
OS - N/A

Running the 2x160GB HDDs in RAID 0 configuration. I tried de-RAID'ing the HDDs to see if that was the problem but I get the same result.

I've done some research on the internet and there's a lot of talk about xml files and whatnot but I can't see how I'm going to access anything given that there's nothing on the machine.

This is my first time trying to install a new OS on a machine so right now I'm a little lost.

If there's any other information that I should have given then do please mention it and I will edit my post accordingly.

Any feedback would be much appreciated.

A:Windows cannot parse the unattend answer file's <DiskConfiguration>...

Hello farouche, welcome to Seven Forums!
Where did you get the Windows 7 ISO file you burned to DVD? This sounds like the real issue.

Leave the RAID broken, Windows 7 has issues with RAID anyway.

Check the PC BIOS to make sure it is set to ACHI and not RAID or IDE mode.

Then do a complete wipe secure erase to the entire single Hard Disk Drive (non RAID) and then create a 100GB partition to do the install to and start the clean install, have a thorough look through the information in these tutorials linked below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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I'm creating an answer file for a windows 10 deployment from a WDS server. These are all running on virtual machines in Hyper-V.

The machine PXE boots, contacts the WDS server and enters my credentials, selects the languages\keyboard inputs, but fails at the disk partitioning. 
The error I get is;

Windows could not create a partition on disk 0. The error occurred while applying the unattended answer file's <DiskConfiguration> setting. Error code: 0x80004005. 


Here is the answer file I have so far;
<?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>en-us</UILanguage>
            </SetupUILanguage>
            <InputLocale>en-us</InputLocale>
            <Syste... Read more

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Hi, first time post............

Am trying to upgrade my daughters Acer laptop from W7 to W10 before the deadline but keep getting this error...........

Have done lots of reading up on it with lots of attempts to fix the problem but as yet I'm still no closer to solving this problem.

Could anyone please try and head me in the right direction as I'm really just about to give up and let her continue with 7.

Cheers,
John

A:Windows 7 to 10 Upgrade? Windows could not parse or process

That error message is shown when you run sysprep command in Windows with an answer file that has wrong syntax or other errors in it. In normal upgrade process you should have no reason to run sysprep. Sysprep is usually only used when you want to customize Windows install image for deployment.

Are you running sysprep on purpose, and if so could you please post the answer file used?

Kari

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I have create a Windows 7 Home Premium master image using a the official Microsoft Authorized refurbisher installation disc. I am trying to create the answer file that will contain the product key so that the end user will not have to manually enter it during
the OOBE welcome.  Using the Windows System Image Manager I created a new answer file from scratch. I've tried three configurations of the answer file:
1st attempt. Adding Microsoft-Windows-Setup\UserData\ProductKey  and entering the product key there and setting WillShowUI to 'never'
2nd attempt. Adding Microsoft-Windows-Shell_Setup\ and entering the product key into the 'product key' field
3rd attempt. I had both options 1 & 2 added in the same answer file
Regardless, everything it boots to OOBE I am still prompted for the product key
I've move the Sysrep folder to C:\sysrep and place the unattend.xml file into this folder.
I'm am running sysrep with from the command prompt with this:
C:\sysprep\sysprep /oobe /shutdown /unattend:C:\sysprep\unattend.xml

Any idea as to why it is still prompting for the product key and or how I can get this to work?

Thanks





<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="specialize">
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A:Product Key Prompt - Unattended Install - Key supplied unattend.xml answer file

The Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup\ProductKey setting should be the one you need.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff715815(v=WS.10).aspx
Does the product key match the installed edition of Windows? (HomePremium)
Does it work if you add /generalize to the sysprep command? (C:\sysprep\sysprep /oobe /shutdown
/generalize /unattend:C:\sysprep\unattend.xml)  This would force the specialize pass to run again and consume the new setting.

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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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I was tasked to create an answer file for an unattended install using SIM. In a virtual lab, i had the install.wim file on a server and put it on a share to push it through to the client machine. Just for the purpose of making it easy, we could apply full
control permissions in ntfs to the file to everyone and gave read write permissions to everyone in the share. By giving the path in SIM i could pull the file from the client station, but then was asked for credentials. Any idea why it is asking for credentials?
I thought that i made it available to everyone. I even made a separate folder and copied the file to the folder then changed the permissions. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

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When I try to save my Answer File that I've created for my Windows 7 PC I press on Tools and then on Validate Answer File, it give me in the sector Validation a lot of errors.
In my book (MCTS 70 - 680), they say that I need to change my settings.
Now is my question: How and which settings do I need to change?
I tried to edit it, but still I get the same Status Code.

Here are the errors that I recive:
http://i.imgur.com/RIzVm.png
In my book they say: ''You need to change your settings'', but in what do I have to change them?

Thanks in Advance,


DummyArbiter010

A:Windows 7 Answer File Error Messages

Is anyone able to help me out?

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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: ---------------------... Read more

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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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Hi,
I am in charge of creating the Windows 7 image to deploy to about 150 computers, and I am about to lose my job because I can't get this going. We are not using a server, and because of our slow network, I would like to have everything on a flashdrive so we don't use the network. I installed WAIK and have been working on the AutoUnattend.xml (using SIM) for days, and I can't get it to work correctly. I created a 'Configuration Set' on my flash drive after finishing the AutoUnattend file, and have 2 out-of-box drivers, and 3 applications that I would like to install as a test (many more to come). It seems to pick up the AutoUnattend file, (doesn't ask me any questions) but when it finishes installing windows, none of my applications are installed, and when I restart after exiting from the Sysprep box, it asks me what language I want to use. Could anyone look at my AutoUnattend file and tell me what I am doing wrong?

It looks like the Configuration Set only created one folder named AutoUnattend_Files with my 2 drivers and my AutoUnattend.xml, but no $OEM$ Folders at all (where I put the applications). Maybe I should not have created the Configuration Set. I saved a copy of the unattend.xml file before I created the Configuration Set. Here is the AutoUnattend.xml after I created the Configuration Set:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
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A:Really need help with Windows 7 unattend.xml file for Windows 7 deploy

It seems like it did install the 2 drivers and partition the way I wanted so I guess it is picking up the AutoUnattend file. Maybe I should add the $OEM$ Folders manually to get it to install the applications. But no applications have been installed.

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Anyone ran across a Windows 10 XML file generator for unattended setup? That Works!!!

A:Windows 10 XML file generator for unattended setup

@Kari has a great tutorial for you

Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep

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Is there any known way to download the windows updates to some files so they can then be loaded on other computers without having to be downloded all over again?

cheers,
Dan
 

A:download windows update to a file (to deploy on many computers)

http://www.techspot.com/tweaks/updates/

Try this site it allows you to save updates, don't know if it covers ever single one.
 

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hi all,

is it possible to disable windows updates with a windows 7 setup unattended xml file?
 

A:disable windows update in setup unattended file

Put this line

<ProtectYourPC>3</ProtectYourPC>

under <OOBE>

figured it out using this unattended xml generator
http://benosullivan.co.uk/windows-7-unattend-xml-generator/

.
 

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My computer has failed to install a mobile operating system!











Solved!
View Solution.

A:Parse error at line 1: unexpected end of file. C:\Program Fi...

I need an answer! Please.

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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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Hi?I am attempting to test deploy a Windows 7 image to a VM using VMware Workstation. I have Windows Server 2008 R2 installed as a Domain Controller with WDS. All network services, such as AD, DHCP and DNS have been installed and configured as well. Both the install.wim and boot.wim files are stored on a separate drive (E:) on the WDS server. My problem is?when I try to PXE-boot the VM to send the image, I get the following error message:

CLIENT MAC ADDRESS 00 0C 29 64 E4 5A GUID: 564D90FE-71D7-4F36-3893-38ACA864E45A
PXE-E53: No boot filename received

PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.
Operating System not found

A quick hunch would leave me to believe that both image files weren?t stored on the server, but I double checked and both files were present. I have the network adapter on the server configured with a static IP address (192.168.1.10), as well as DHCP configured with a 10 IP address range. (192.168.1.11-192.168.1.20). I?ve heard that WDS shouldn?t be on the same DC as DHCP and DNS. Does this really matter? I?ve checked all of my configurations. I can?t figure out what else could be wrong. Anyone have any ideas? Would really appreciate some input.

Thanks,
demitch256

A:Receiving Error Message When Trying To Deploy Windows 7 Using WDS

first thing
what is the IP address VM has I have seen where the vm machine is not on the same subnet and can not see the WDS server

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Hello everyone, I need a desperate help.
This morning I decided to format my laptop (an asus x53s) after many blue crashes caused by Ntoskrnl.exe.
I used the recovery system inside the pc but after some mins I got a gray page with a big red error word. I restarted the pc, used the boot to set DVD driver first and I used the DVD backup made when I bought the pc! Again after some mins, around the 3% of the recovery process I got an error: impossible to recover from recovery DVD asus!

Now I'm stuck without an os and I don't have windows DVD (I bought a premade laptop and they said me windows is inside the backup DVDs)

What can I do now?
Thanks

A:Os file deploy error

I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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Good Day,

Hoping someone can shed some light.

We are moving towards a Windows 10 Enterprise upgrade in the near future, and planning on deployment steps.

We currently have a highly customized Windows 7 Answer file created, which took much time to work out all the little deployment kinks.

Can the Windows 7 answer file be migrated directly for use with Windows 10 deployments? Or will we have to create a new answer file. I am not sure if the parameters and or script language are incompatible.. I am guessing they are, and as such - we will probably have to do a side by side comparison to get things right.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

:-)

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Hi everyone, I keep getting the above error whenever I want to use a Java application such as the online secunia software inspector or a java based chat room. I checked in the Add/Remove Program part of the Control Panel and found the following relating to Java:

Java(TM) 6 Update 5
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment 6 Update 1

Does the error I am seeing equate to there being two entries when there should be one?

All help and advice appreciated. Oh and jokes will help to cheer me up
 

A:Several java virtual machines running in the same process caused an error

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Hi, Ive been trying to get the following to work:-

1) Monitor a user session based counter on many deployed machines

2) To alert when that counter hits some defined value.

This may sound simple, and it is when you create the Alert manually on the machines when the user is logged on, but the problem is when you try and do this for multiple users who log onto that machine. The issue I found is that when you choose the WMI Counter,
and select 'ALL SESSIONS' it doesnt actually do that, but just selects all current session it can 'see' to include in the monitor. This looks to only be an issue when you create it as an Alert though, as when you create it as a Performance Counter Data Log
it will work and record all session information. In fact you can see what I mean by simply creating two examples using the Processor Counter.

1) Create a new Data Collector Set from Performance Monitor

2) Select to create manually

3) Choose 'Create data logs - Performance counter'

4) Select Processor and Instances of selected object to be 'All instances'

5) You will see it lists this as \Processor(*)\* as the performance counter

This time create a new Data Collector Set for an alert as follows:-

1) Select to create manually

2) Choose 'Performance Counter Alert' this time

3) Select Processor and Instances of selected object to be 'All instances'

4) This time you will see it lists all counters is can see at that time.

Of course the problem with this is tha... Read more

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Purchased new laptop loaded with Windows 10 Pro which cannot see the Windows server 2008 R2 or map a drive on network. Can see all the 32bit workstations running Windows 7.  Upgraded Windows 7 machine to Windows 10 with the same result except the
mapped drive on server still works.
Can anybody help me

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I am trying to install with the downloadable executable from the student discount program, the files are located on an external hard drive.

I downloaded Windows 7 last night and started the install, it got up to the point where it checked for Vista SP1 and stopped. I had reinstalled Vista recentely and forgotten to install it.

I quit the Windows 7 install and installed SP1 for Vista. Now every time I try to launch the Windows 7 install I get the following error:

"The unattend answer file contains an invalid product key. Either remove the invalid key or provide a valid product key in the unattend answer file to proceed with Windows installation."

I tried deleting the temp file that was in the same directory as the install files for Windows 7 as well as deleting the \expanded set up directory and letting it re unpack the files.

A:Unable to install: unattended file error

  
Quote: Originally Posted by rbrinkman138


I am trying to install with the downloadable executable from the student discount program, the files are located on an external hard drive.

I downloaded Windows 7 last night and started the install, it got up to the point where it checked for Vista SP1 and stopped. I had reinstalled Vista recentely and forgotten to install it.

I quit the Windows 7 install and installed SP1 for Vista. Now every time I try to launch the Windows 7 install I get the following error:

"The unattend answer file contains an invalid product key. Either remove the invalid key or provide a valid product key in the unattend answer file to proceed with Windows installation."

I tried deleting the temp file that was in the same directory as the install files for Windows 7 as well as deleting the \expanded set up directory and letting it re unpack the files.



Hi RB and welcome.

Did you take the download and burn it to dvd? what version (pro, ultimate) 32bit or 64>

You may need to wipe and start all over again to remove the error. I dont think the "key" is stored in temp, more likely in registry.

Let us know if you need help

Ken J+

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The driver im using is followingm910z : http://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/da/products/DESKTOPS-AND-ALL-IN-ONES/THINKCENTRE-M-SERIES-DESKTOPS/TH... m710q : http://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/da/products/DESKTOPS-AND-ALL-IN-ONES/THINKCENTRE-M-SERIES-DESKTOPS/TH... Downloaded and unpack and created driver packs in SCCM. Anyone who have successfully matured these models? Regards Lontru

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I am getting this error when I am install Windows 7:
Windows could not format a partition on disk 0 - error code 0x80004005 during a new install of Windows 7. I have tried both Home Premium x64 and Enterprise x64. Both falling into the same error:


I've removed all partition using gparted, and created a single primary partition, but I keep getting that error.


Here is what happens:
PC boots from it, then goes to this screen:
install_step4.jpg (image)


After that, it just starts copying files:
install_step10.jpg (image)


Which means it COMPLETELY skilled these steps:
install_step5.jpg (image)
install_step7.jpg (image)
install_step8.jpg (image)
install_step9.jpg (image)
Which means I can't select which disk or partition I want Windows 7 on.
After about 5 seconds, the error pops up:
Windows coupld not apply the unattend answer file's <DiskConfiguration> setting


Before I removed all partitions, I got this message during installation:
Windows could not format a partition on disk 0 - error code 0x80004005
I then reboot back onto gparted, and find that the installation has copied 100mb onto the single partition.
I've tried everything... I just tested installed XP, and that installed fine.
I've tried googling, but nothing has helped me thus far.

Can anybody help me?


Thanks!

A:Windows could not apply the unattend answer file's

Welcome to Seven Forums.

What is the installation media?
Download ISO, burn to DVD?
MS DVD?
USB key?

Upgrade or Full Retail version?

Are you choosing Upgrade or Custom when the install starts?

Did you mark the partition as Active?

You can try, delete the partition and install to the unallocated space.

Let us know how it's going.

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Lately, i seem to be installing alot of copies of windows and have now resigned to the fact that the Automated Answer File Installation is probably my best bet. I have never done this before and I am wondering how exactly do you set it up and get it to work properly?
 

A:Windows Installation Automated Answer File?

You have a volume license for Windows? Is this XP or Vista? Have you searched for "Unattended installs"?
 

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I created an answer file using Windows System Image Manager.  In the answer file I have this text in the Specialize pass:
 <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP-UX" 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">
            <SkipAutoActivation>false</SkipAutoActivation>
        </component>
I still have to activate Windows manually at first login. I don't have to enter the key, just run the activation.  This is Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit.
How do I get Windows to activate automatically when I apply the wim file?

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Thanks to this forum I was able to remove Trojan.Pandex but now I can't validate XP. Microsoft web site has a list of solutions but none have worked.I get the following info from their site after attempting to validate.This copy of Windows did not pass genuine validation because the validation process could not be completed. There are several possible causes:Your system level security settings prevented validation from running. Your user account may not have the correct permissions necessary to run validation. Your system settings have been modified in one of the following ways: Security software may have been installed that inadvertently altered your Windows product ID. The validation controls you used were downloaded from a site other than the Microsoft site. You chose to run the validation controls in an alternate compatibility mode. Option 1: Follow steps in Microsoft Knowledge Base article and run validation againMost customers who receive this error are able to resolve the problem by following the resolution steps found in Microsoft Knowledge Base article # 822798 and then running the validation again. Option 2: Install the latest Windows Genuine Advantage NotificationsIf this error still occurs, we recommend that you log in as an Administrator and install the latest version of Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications. [0x80080205] Anyone have a clue how to fix this??Ken

A:Windows Did Not Pass Genuine Validation Because The Validation Process Could Not Be Completed

since you just opened a HJT thread you shouldn't be asking for advise hereAnd by forum quasi rules I shouldn't give anyAnyway that looks like a custom computerhttp://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htmI hope the dog didn't eat the cd

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I am trying to create unattended.xml file
for windows server 2016 unattended installation where in after installing windows it should execute one powershell script located on remote samba share.
Most part of my unattended.xml
file works fine but it is not able to set Administrator password and accept EULA which appears just before Windows welcome screen.
Is there any problem in my
unattended.xml file?
Note: It works fine if I skip Audit mode.
My unattended.xml
file is:

<?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>en-US</UILanguage>
            </SetupUILanguage>
            <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
            <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemL... Read more

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It's been a long time since I've worked on corp OS deployment so I'm not very experienced with Win7 and unattend/answer file operation. The goal I'm trying to get to is to customize several parts of an OS image (Win 7 Enterprise) for use in WDS by desktop
techs:

Create a local admin user accountapply a custom themeBypass the Windows Welcome screen
I'm using Windows SIM 6.1.7600.16385, opened the wim image and created an answer file with settings for PC name, locale, co name, reg user, etc- ideally everything the OS needs to boot into windows setup and complete without user intervention and without
launching windows welcome.
The answer file is named autounattend.xml and is copied to C:\windows\system32\sysprep on the target PC. I run sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:c:\windows\system32\sysprep\autounattend.xml .
Sysprep runs and displays messages saying it's processing generalize and perhaps one other section and then shuts the PC down. I then use WDS to capture the sysprep'd PC.
I boot a PC to WDS->WinPE and then pull down the image copied up earlier of the sysprep'd PC.
When Windows starts, it goes to the welcome screen. Further inspection reveals that nothing in the unattend file seems to have been applied to the PC. No user account created, no theme etc. The autounattend.xml file is still in the sysprep directory but
the sysprep\panther directory does not have a copy of it (I think it should?).

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I am having difficulty with my deployment images for 64 bit system as it does not appear to provide the answers correctly in a 64 bit environment but does work as I intend on 32 bit systems.
I am not using the full toolset from WAIK, in particular no WSIM tools are in play. I instead used a web resource to build an initial answer file and modified it until it behaved the way I was intending. I used the answer file initially created at the http://windowsafg.no-ip.org/ website.
This answer file has all of the same components/settings defined for both 32 bit (x86) and 64 bit (amd64) sections throughout, so I am expecting my first boot experience to be the same regardless of the OS architecture. They are not behaving the same.
My 32 Bit systems come up and only prompt for the COMPUTERNAME and Time/Timezone information which is all I want. Everything else is incorporated into my image file and the answer file.
My 64 Bit systems come up and go through all of the first boot prompting, including username, computername, locale, language, location, passwords, Windows Update settings, network location. My 64 Bit systems are behaving as if I have no answer file at all. I need it to prompt for the same information as my 32 Bit systems, just Computername and Time/Timezone.
My images are all prepared the same way with the same tools. The only difference is the partition size for my SystemReserved partition as my 32 bit systems use a 100MB partition and my 64 bit systems use a 1GB partitio... Read more

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I'm understand what's behind setting up a share for drivers and putting it in the answer file.   I was going to set something up along the lines of this default example from Microsoft:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
   <settings pass="windowsPE">
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpCustomizationsWinPE" 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">
         <DriverPaths>
            <PathAndCredentials wcm:keyValue="1" wcm:action="add">
               <Credentials>
                  <Domain>Fabrikam</Domain>

                  <Password>MyPassword</Password>

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I have followed all of the basic guidelines I can find and used my experience from taking my MCTS 70-680 to create an answer file. I used WSIM and copied the Install.wim file from the sources directory on a Windows disk to my machine locally and used that
to start making the answer file. I included everything I needed in Windows PE Pass 1 and validated the file and found no errors. I saved it as 'Autounattend.xml' onto a USB and booted from the Windows 7 media with my USB attatched, and it doesn't seem to be
working? It keeps asking me for the language settings, accepting the EULA etc. Is there something I've done wrong? I don't want to have to touch my laptop at all, I just want an unattended installation. Can anyone help please?

<?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/State"
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <DiskConfiguration>
                <Disk wcm:action="add">
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A:Answer file is not working when I attempt to install Windows 7?

en-GB is not always a valid locale in Windows 7. It was added in Windows 8. Try something like this (I found in a sample file I have)
<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">
<InputLocale>0809:00000809</InputLocale>
<UserLocale>en-GB</UserLocale>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
<SetupUILanguage>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
</SetupUILanguage>
</component>


EDIT: I wanted to add that some USB Keys aren't always seen prior to Setup.exe launching from DVD on all boards. If it still does not see the answer file after fixing the locale issue, you may need to try a different USB key.

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