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Trying to deploy an x64 image, but get a failure on a specialize pass of unattend.xml.

Q: Trying to deploy an x64 image, but get a failure on a specialize pass of unattend.xml.

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"" 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"" 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">
<Identification>
<Credentials>
<Username>[email protected]</Username>
<Domain>wgsf.local</Domain>
<Password>*********</Password>
</Credentials>
<JoinDomain>wgsf.local</JoinDomain>
</Identification>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State">
<ComputerName>WS-LRCLT-01</ComputerName>
<ProductKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-*****</ProductKey>
<RegisteredOrganization>WGSF</RegisteredOrganization>
<RegisteredOwner>ICT Support</RegisteredOwner>
<DoNotCleanTaskBar>true</DoNotCleanTaskBar>
<TimeZone>GMT Standard Time</TimeZone>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" 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">
<Home_Page>http://www.google.co.uk/</Home_Page>
<IEWelcomeMsg>false</IEWelcomeMsg>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Deployment" 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">
<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>
</RunSynchronous>
</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">
<SystemLocale>en-GB</SystemLocale>
<UILanguage>en-GB</UILanguage>
<UserLocale>en-GB</UserLocale>
<InputLocale>0809:00000809</InputLocale>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-TapiSetup" 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">
<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/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<DisableSR>1</DisableSR>
</component>
</settings>

And here's the BDD.log
ZTI Heartbeat: command has been running for 5 minutes (process ID 1992) LTIApply 10/05/2016 16:36:00 0 (0x0000)
Return code from command = 0 LTIApply 10/05/2016 16:39:02 0 (0x0000)
Setup completed successfully. LTIApply 10/05/2016 16:39:02 0 (0x0000)
LTIApply processing completed successfully. LTIApply 10/05/2016 16:39:02 0 (0x0000)
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit version: 6.0.2223.0 ZTINextPhase 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
The task sequencer log is located at X:\WINDOWS\TEMP\SMSTSLog\SMSTS.LOG. For task sequence failures, please consult this log. ZTINextPhase 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
Property PHASE is now = POSTINSTALL ZTINextPhase 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
ZTINextPhase COMPLETED. Return Value = 0 ZTINextPhase 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
ZTINextPhase processing completed successfully. ZTINextPhase 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit version: 6.0.2223.0 LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
The task sequencer log is located at X:\WINDOWS\TEMP\SMSTSLog\SMSTS.LOG. For task sequence failures, please consult this log. LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
--------- Script Start --------- LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\LiteTouch.wsf already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\ZTIUtility.vbs already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\ZTIGather.wsf already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\ZTIGather.xml already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\Wizard.hta already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\Credentials_ENU.xml already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\Credentials_scripts.vbs already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\WizUtility.vbs already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\Wizard.css already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\Wizard.ico already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\BackButton.jpg already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\plusicon.gif already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\minusico.gif already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\DeployWiz_Definition_ENU.xml already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\DeployWiz_Initialization.vbs already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\DeployWiz_Validation.vbs already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\Summary_Definition_ENU.xml already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\Summary_scripts.vbs already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\LTICleanup.wsf already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\LTIGetFolder.wsf already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\ZTINICConfig.wsf already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\ZTINICUtility.vbs already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\ZTIBCDUTILITY.VBS already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\ZTIDataAccess.vbs already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\LTISuspend.wsf already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\ZTIDiskUtility.vbs already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\ZTIRunCommandHidden.wsf already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\header-image.png already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\NavBar.png already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
File C:\MININT\Scripts\Computer.png already exists in Target LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
LTICopyScripts processing completed successfully. LTICopyScripts 10/05/2016 16:39:03 0 (0x0000)
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit version: 6.0.2223.0 ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
The task sequencer log is located at X:\WINDOWS\TEMP\SMSTSLog\SMSTS.LOG. For task sequence failures, please consult this log. ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
---------------- Initialization ---------------- ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Validating connection to \\qegs-mgm03\distribution$ ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Already connected to server qegs-mgm03 as that is where this script is running from. ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
OSDTargetDriveCache was determined earlier : C: ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Property OSDTargetDriveCache is now = C: ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Property OSDisk is now = C: ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Looking for Sysprep.inf in C:\sysprep\Sysprep.inf ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
The sysprep.inf file was not found. ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Property OSDAnswerFilePathSysprep is now = ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Loaded C:\MININT\Unattend.xml ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for ComputerName ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for FullName ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for OrgName ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for ProductKey ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for MachineObjectOU ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for JoinWorkgroup ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for InputLocale ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for Language ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for LanguageGroup ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for SystemLocale ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for UserLocale ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for AutoLogon ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for AutoLogonCount ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for BitsPerPel ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for Xresolution ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for Yresolution ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for Vrefresh ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for AreaCode ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for CountryCode ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for Dialing ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for LongDistanceAccess ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for Home_Page ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for AutoMode ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for AutoUsers ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
//settings[@pass="windowsPE"]/component[@name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup"]/UpgradeData/Upgrade not found in C:\MININT\Unattend.xml, unable to update. ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with OSDComputerName=WS-LRCLT-01 (value was WS-LRCLT-01) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for ProductKey ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
//settings[@pass="windowsPE"]/component[@name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup"]/UserData/ProductKey/Key not found in C:\MININT\Unattend.xml, unable to update. ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for OverrideProductKey ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with JoinDomain=wgsf.local (value was wgsf.local) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
//settings[@pass="specialize"]/component[@name="Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin"]/Identification/MachineObjectOU not found in C:\MININT\Unattend.xml, unable to update. ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
//settings[@pass="specialize"]/component[@name="Microsoft-Windows-UnattendedJoin"]/Identification/JoinWorkgroup not found in C:\MININT\Unattend.xml, unable to update. ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with [email protected] (value was [email protected]) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with DomainAdminDomain=wgsf.local (value was wgsf.local) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
<Message containing password has been suppressed> ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with InstallFromPath=\\qegs-mgm03\distribution$\Operating Systems\Windows 7 ENTERPRISE x64 with SP1\sources\install.wim (value was C:\MININT\Operating Systems\Windows 7 ENTERPRISE x64 with SP1\Sources\install.wim) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
//settings[@pass="windowsPE"]/component[@name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup"]/ImageInstall/OSImage/InstallFrom/MetaData[Key="/image/index"]/Value not found in C:\MININT\Unattend.xml, unable to update. ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with ImageIndex=1 (value was 1) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
<Message containing password has been suppressed> ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated PlainText entry to true. ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
<Message containing password has been suppressed> ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated PlainText entry to true. ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for RemoveLocalAccountElementFromUnattendXML ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for Organization ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for FullName ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for BitsPerPel ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for Xresolution ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for Yresolution ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for Vrefresh ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for AreaCode ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for CountryCode ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for LongDistanceAccess ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for LongDistanceAccess ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with TimeZoneName=GMT Standard Time (value was GMT Standard Time) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with TimeZoneName=GMT Standard Time (value was GMT Standard Time) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with KeyboardLocale=0809:00000809 (value was 0809:00000809) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with KeyboardLocale=0809:00000809 (value was 0809:00000809) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for UserLocale ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for UserLocale ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for UserLocale ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for UserLocale ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for UILanguage ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for UILanguage ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with ImageLanguage001=en-US (value was en-US) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with ImageLanguage001=en-US (value was en-US) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with ImageLanguage001=en-US (value was en-US) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for Home_Page ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for OrgName ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for OrgName ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for FullName ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
No value found for FullName ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with DestinationDisk=0 (value was 0) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Updated C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with DestinationPartition=2 (value was 2) ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Rewrote C:\MININT\Unattend.xml with changes ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
ZTIConfigure COMPLETED. Return Value = 0 ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
ZTIConfigure processing completed successfully. ZTIConfigure 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit version: 6.0.2223.0 ZTIdrivers 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
The task sequencer log is located at X:\WINDOWS\TEMP\SMSTSLog\SMSTS.LOG. For task sequence failures, please consult this log. ZTIdrivers 10/05/2016 16:39:04 0 (0x0000)
Processing drivers for an X64 operating system. ZTIdrivers 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
OSDTargetDriveCache was determined earlier : C: ZTIdrivers 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
Property OSDTargetDriveCache is now = C: ZTIdrivers 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
Property OSDisk is now = C: ZTIdrivers 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
No driver copying needs to be performed during the Lite Touch postinstall phase. ZTIdrivers 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
Updating downlevel OS configuration. ZTIdrivers 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
Vista identified, skipping update of Device Path ZTIdrivers 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
ZTIdrivers processing completed successfully. ZTIdrivers 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit version: 6.0.2223.0 ZTIWinRE 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
The task sequencer log is located at X:\WINDOWS\TEMP\SMSTSLog\SMSTS.LOG. For task sequence failures, please consult this log. ZTIWinRE 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
Will boot into Windows PE architecture x64 to match OS being deployed. ZTIWinRE 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
OSDTargetDriveCache was determined earlier : C: ZTIWinRE 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
Property OSDTargetDriveCache is now = C: ZTIWinRE 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
Property OSDisk is now = C: ZTIWinRE 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
WinRE is not enabled, Skip. ZTIWinRE 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
ZTIWinRE processing completed successfully. ZTIWinRE 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit version: 6.0.2223.0 ZTINextPhase 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
The task sequencer log is located at X:\WINDOWS\TEMP\SMSTSLog\SMSTS.LOG. For task sequence failures, please consult this log. ZTINextPhase 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
Property PHASE is now = STATERESTORE ZTINextPhase 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
ZTINextPhase COMPLETED. Return Value = 0 ZTINextPhase 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
ZTINextPhase processing completed successfully. ZTINextPhase 10/05/2016 16:39:05 0 (0x0000)
Command completed, return code = -2147021886 LiteTouch 10/05/2016 16:39:06 0 (0x0000)
Property LTIDirty is now = FALSE LiteTouch 10/05/2016 16:39:06 0 (0x0000)
If there is a drive letter defined, make sure we clear it now so we can *force* recalcutation. LiteTouch 10/05/2016 16:39:06 0 (0x0000)
Property OSDTargetDriveCache is now = DIRTY LiteTouch 10/05/2016 16:39:06 0 (0x0000)
LTI initiating task sequence-requested reboot. LiteTouch 10/05/2016 16:39:06 0 (0x0000)

I hope this is enough information to go on. I've only worked in this environment for a few weeks and so I don't have a great deal of access rights yet (including none to the MDT server itself), otherwise I'd just create a completely fresh deployment!
Could someone take a peek and help out please? Then I can pass on what would need to be done to 'the powers that be' to get this working again.

Thanks!

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Preferred Solution: Trying to deploy an x64 image, but get a failure on a specialize pass of unattend.xml.

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

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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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Here is my Xml file.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm=http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/Sta>
            <ImageInstall>
                <OSImage>
                    <WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
                    <InstallTo>
                        <DiskID>0</DiskID>
                        <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
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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>
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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 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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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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Currently Windows automatically restarts the system as soon as the installation is complete. I've been trying to do a shutdown instead of restart. I've tried to include the following tag in Microsoft-Windows-Setup under windowsPE configuration
pass (unattend.xml). But it is not working.
<Restart>Shutdown</Restart>
The link for above restart option is, https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766012(v=ws.10).aspx
It however says that "This setting is specific to Windows PE scenarios. Once image-based installation begins,
this setting is ignored."
If anyone knows how to do this, please help. I want to shutdown the system after WinPE pass. i.e., the fist time it reboots. I want to detect the shutdown/power off on the machine after install, for some automation I've been working on.
Any help in this regard is appreciated.
Thanks

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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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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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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">
<settings pass="windowsPE&q... Read more

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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I have created a .WIM file.  I then loaded that .WIM file into the SIM tool.   I created a custom Answer File for it and saved the answer file as Unattend.xml.     How do I apply this .WIM file and make it read and apply my Unattend.xml answer file?   I need to do this from a WinPE USB boot stick.     ImageX does not seem to have a command line switch to read an Unattend.xml file.Any help would be great.  mqh7

A:Applying a WIM image using an Unattend.xml

Hi, DISM.exe has an option to read the configuration from an unattanded.xml and apply it. DISM /online /Apply-Unattend:<Path_To_unattend.xml> DISM /Image:<path_to_mounted_image> /Apply-Unattend:<Path_To_unattend.xml> André

"A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/

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In my company we manufacture devices and use Windows 7 Embedded Standard for the OS. We have an Image that we use to clone on all of the Hard Drives to set the devices up accordingly. After the devices go through the testing phase they are sent off to
our customers. We would like to use the Sysprep program before we send them off, but every time we run sysprep it crashes in the setup phase. I have no idea what is causing the crash, my only assumption is that it must be one of our third party programs or
something. After doing a bunch of reading about sysprep I was turned on to the Unattend.xml file. I compared our Unattend.xml file from our 2.0 phase to our 3.0 phase and they are identical. I am curious if the Unattend.xml file is supposed to be updated when
changes are made directly to the image. Would that cause the crash or is it something else?

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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?).

What am I doing wrong? I beleive this autouna... Read more

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Below is an email i got regarding a job. Not sure where he found me. I think I applied for a regular job via craigslist and he decided to ask about this.

Hello,

I have 8 of my company's laptops for upgrading/reformatting, advice if both is part of your service line.They have been attacked by Trojan virus,All i need is for you to make an upgrade to the Os for the 8 units and also will need an up to date anti virus on them and i currently run Vista on the 8 unit so i will like to upgrade to Windows 7,Kindly get back to me with the cost total for the whole services.I have the license key and the software.

Looking forward to read from you.

Regards

How many computers before installing from image saves time over installing one by one?

I'm really timorous about taking this on but I really hate my present job of driving a taxi so much and computer technology and networking are what i've trained for. I've only done installation of OS from an image once before, and that was in computer class, about 2 or 3 years ago, and it was with Vista rather than Windows 7. Done individual installation many times.

If the computers have been attacked by malware they'll likely need the either a "clean install" of the full version of Windows 7 (as opposed to an upgrade version), or they will need a clean install of Vista, and then an upgrade to Windows 7. Also needed will be installation of drivers, updates, fine tuning of settings, and installation of the anti... Read more

A:Deploy OS from image or not?

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MDT 6.3.8298.1000 , ADK 10,
Hi,
   I have download windows 7 x64 enterprise iso from VL and capture wim file, imported to deploy it. when I try to open unattend.xml file to customized it, I am getting error message





when I click on log file:
6:58 PM : This application requires version 10.0.10240.16384 of the Windows ADK.
Install this version to correct the problem
6:58 PM :
6:58 PM : Error opening D:\MDTProduction\Control\W7PRD1124\Unattend.xml.
6:58 PM :
6:58 PM : System.IO.FileNotFoundException: Could not find file 'D:\MDTProduction\Control\W7PRD1124\Unattend.xml'.
File name: 'D:\MDTProduction\Control\W7PRD1124\Unattend.xml'
   at System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath)
   at System.IO.FileStream.Init(String path, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, Int32 rights, Boolean useRights, FileShare share, Int32 bufferSize, FileOptions options, SECURITY_ATTRIBUTES secAttrs, String msgPath, Boolean bFromProxy,
Boolean useLongPath, Boolean checkHost)
   at System.IO.FileStream..ctor(String path, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, FileShare share, Int32 bufferSize, FileOptions options, String msgPath, Boolean bFromProxy)
   at System.IO.FileStream..ctor(String path, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, FileShare share, Int32 bufferSize)
   at System.Xml.XmlUrlResolver.GetEntity(Uri absoluteUri, String role, Type ofObjectToReturn)
   at System.Xml.XmlTextRe... Read more

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I have captured a .wim image from a machine I have after preparing it with sysprep, in order to deploy the hardware independent image on several other machines and to include all of the required applications pre-installed, none of the products is activated so activation occurs per user after deployment.. the OS is Windows 8.1 32-bit

What would the easiest way be!? and one that actually works.. and I am going to have the .wim and any other apps on USB memory, not a network share

Tried to apply it using imagex again (I captured it with ImageX) the process is not simple at all, and it didnt work for me to be honest, getting a boot error (not missing bootmgr, but something from windows) with code: 0xc0000001
Is there any other tool that would capture a hardware independent image in order to deploy it to several other machines?

A:Easiest way to deploy a .wim image

SmartDeploy done the trick.. but looking for a cheaper alternative

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I am trying to use DISM to deploy a Windows 10 .wim image. I boot to a Windows PE cd, and use the following commands:
Diskpart
Select disk 0
Clean
Create partition primary size=100
Select partition 1
Format fs=ntfs quick label=system
Active
Create partition primary
Select partition 2
Format fs=ntfs quick label=windows
Assign letter=g
Exit
Dism /apply-image /imagefile:D:\MyImage.wim /index:1 /ApplyDir:G:\
G:\windows\system32\bcdboot G:\windows

The .wim applies successfully, but when I try to run the bcdboot command, I get the error ?Failure when attempting to copy boot files?.
What am I doing wrong?

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Hello guy
I'm trying to create a custom Image in order to Install Windows 7 Pro fastly. I have Captured the Image but when i Try to Install i receive the Following below and i don't undestand where i made mistake:
..Windows Could not parse or Process unattend answer file for pass (Specialized)......
I have used an answered file to sysprep the system but not to install...
I did the Following Step:
I have Installed Windows i run sysprep in audit mode:

   I Have Personalized Desktop with Desktop Wallpaper and the Wallpaper for the Logon Window    I have added some link on Desktop and Installed some Software  Then i have  Rebooted the system in audit mode again
In Order to copy the Customization to the Default User i have created the Following Unattended File
myprofile.xml(below)
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile>
</component>
</settings>
<... Read more

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i have 10 laptops, all the same model and spec. they each have their own xp installation cd that came with them.
i planned to take an image from one to deploy it the other 9 of them.
here's what i did:

installed xp on one laptop (it didnt ask me for a product key), ran all the updates (SP1 to SP2), installed all the relevant applications.
i then ran sysprep using an answer file (semi-automated.......with the product key blank).
upon rebooting the laptop it had asked me for a product key........i entered the key on the sticker on the actual machine.it had allowed me to enter windows but would not let me activate it.


ALSO, i had this problem with 5 other laptops (different ones).....same scenario (using xp cd that came with it).....same steps as above, but this time ....after sysprep......it would not allow me to use the product key on the sticker....

How do i deploy an image to them with appropriate product keys........or if there is any for them to deploy the image so the users can actually use them......much appreciated.

A:deploy image question (sysprep)

Hi error message

I think the folks at Microsoft's TechNet have an article that answers this for you --- http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro.../oempreac.mspx

Best of luck
. . . Gary

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My computer is getting old.
I save complete system images to a USB using Macrium Reflect.
I chatted with Microsoft Support about whether I can use a full system image to redeploy 8.1 Pro to a new computer if needed.
They said yes & it will automatically get activated.
 
I have a Microsoft account.
 
Just thought I would pass this along.
 
Picture---
 

A:Deploy 8.1 to new computer from a Macrium Image

The problem you may have an issue with is the new hardware requiring a different set of drivers be it chipset, graphics, networking, etc. The free version of Macrium does not allow one to deploy to new hardware but the paid version does although I have no experience using Redeploy. See the following link.
 
http://knowledgebase.macrium.com/display/KNOW/Re-deploying+Windows+to+new+hardware+using+Macrium+ReDeploy
 
Sorry if you are already familiar with this. 

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Hi everyone,

I don't know if I'm in the right section but I been trying to deploy an image to a new model pc which I captured the image from an older model pc used Windows AIK added the chipset drivers offline and did a commit and now I'm trying to deploy this updated image to this new model pc and it doesn't boot into Windows Vista but it will work on the same model pc, althought if I sysprep the image again it will work on the new model, why is that, it's almost seems like the chipset drivers did get installed but then if I sysprep it works. The reason why I'm doing this is because a client has alot of applications and configurations which I want to avoid building her pc from scratch and just capture the image and the chipset drivers offline commit it and then being able to deploy it to this new model pc. It's odd because I'm sure I have done this in the past and for a reason or another it doesn't work.

Thank you for your help.

Mark

A:capture image to re-deploy to a new model pc.

The most common reason for an image to fail after Sysprep has been run is the installation of security software. Many security and anti-malware applications will protect the system files which Sysprep interacts with and the resulting image will fail, you may wish to disable or remove the anti-virus software before running Sysprep.

However, where your image will boot properly on the reference system, I would look first at other drivers beyond the chipset driver which are necessary for boot. Most specifically, I would look at the storage driver, especially if you are receiving a 0x0000007B error on boot. There are instructions available for preparing an existing image for migration to a new storage mode included in this Microsoft Support article.

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Hi there,

I am maintaining a windows 7 workgroup of around 50 PC's (in one room, and multiple rooms like this) in an educational institute. All hardware platforms are identical. No server. all in one workgroup

Required Task: To install Window 7 with all required software and customizations like Group policies for one account on all PC's. All PC's in Workgroup and not part of a domain.

I have made one workstation ready with all required customization and drivers etc. Now need to deploy exact same setup to all others workstations.

I learnt about SID duplication, other duplication/complications when using plain cloning of such installation. So decided to use sysprep /generalize. But I am facing problems and need help.

My READY reference computer has following:Windows 7 x86 installed and licensed
Two user account: Admin level and a Standard user account
All hardware specific drivers installed and configured. (chipset, graphics, audio)
Standard user account has customized desktop background, theme, screen saver, a few restrictions with local group policy
Admin level account also has few customization like desktop background etc.
All required software is installed, registered where required,customized.


When reference computer is imaged and deployed on others workstations I want to be able to the following:Must have uniqueness wherever required like Unique SIDs etc on a networked environment (may join a domain at later stage but not now)
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A:Need help to Deploy Windows7 image in a workgroup

hi,

waiting for response.

No more experts?

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Hi, I am trying to deploy Custom Win 10 Image created using MDT UEFI offline Media on zBook 15 G3 with SecureBoot enabled. I have enabled SecureBoot in UEFI with following Option "Legacy Boot disabled and SecureBoot Enabled".   Drive Partitions are as per Microsoft Specification for UEFI in my Deployment Steps i.e. :  EFI, MSR, OS, Recovery. After Deploying the Image, Win 10 OS still shows  Secure Boot State: OFF under System Information.When I deploy same image over Hyper-V Gen2 VM,  It shows SecureBoot State: ON Is there any other setting required in UEFI\BIOS on HP Hardware before installing Windows 10 Image ?Do we need to install any UEFI tool after installing OS to configure UEFI SecureBoot.What is correct way of Booting with USB when SecureBoot is enabled. Do we directly select the UEFI USB under Boot Menu or we have to select "Boot from File" and select EFI\Boot\Boot64.efi file. Many Thanks in Advance for any suggestion.     

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I am wondering if it is ok to run sysprep "Generalize & oobe" then image it with a software like Acronis or Macrium to deploy it on OEM PCs? I have been using Imagex to make images, but this would be faster for multiple versions of windows I think.

A:Is it ok to image and deploy an installed OS after sysprep?

Well, the ISO is right from microsoft. I install it on VM then make a image. Then I want to deploy it on the new PCs I build. I know you have to have a key all our new PCs have standard Windows COA.

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Let first start of by saying that I'm a young self taught IT Enthusiast that loves constructive criticism but please take it easy on me. After recently being hired on for an Entry Level IT position we are in the midst of setting up 80+ Workstations that run a VOIP program. The system will be 300UPnDown with a ClearOS firewall.
Project:
Setting up 80+ Workstations connected to the same switch running off a SuperMicro Server.
The IMAGE i'm creating using Audit and Sysprep with Group Policies will be extremely limited but also need to be able to somehow work with VNC. When creating the the IMAGE how should i go about creating something of this sort and what should i block for the employee to be limited? i have a few ideas but feel like i'm forgetting something. What is the best way to Deploy IMAGE ISO to the systems simultaneously?

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I am trying to run an image onto a new precision T5810 using dell image direct and installing simply from a USB with my image files on it. it runs through the 1st & 2nd pass and then when i expect it to restart and complete the install and unpack all drivers etc it just reboots and starts the image process again. I have tried changing the SATA operations in the bios and have tried with every option here but still does the same. I have also moved the HDD into port 1 rather than 0 and still no further.
Any ideas to assist would be very much appreciated.
. thanks

A:cant install / deploy image to T5810

Not exactly the same as your situation but vanilla Windows 7 setup can't find any hard drives to install to on our T5810s. There is no RAID card to contend with either; the HDDs are plugged into the onboard SATA ports. So the built-in Windows driver is unable to communicate with the onboard controller.
To get Windows setup working I had to choose 'load drivers' at the 'install location' screen and insert a flash drive with the Intel Rapid Storage C600+/C220+ series driver .INFs on it. The specific driver I used is Storage-Controller_Driver_9NYWJ_WN_4.0.0.1040_A05.EXE from the Dell website, the required .INFs under Drivers\Win7\AHCI\x64, and choose the RAID or AHCI driver depending on what the BIOS is set to (RAID unless it has been manually changed).
Similar symptoms to yours have happened to me in the past when I tried to install .WIM images on T3600s that had a Dell PERC card installed. Without the PERC driver built-into the image, the machine would fail to complete bootup.
You might need to make a new image with the Intel Rapid Storage driver installed, or inject the driver into your current image.

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Hi All,

I've got some new DELL AIO Optiplex 3240s that are now running W10 Pro after successful clean installs. I am needing to set one up as a reference computer and then deploy that image to the rest of them. This is for the small library I work at, so we don't have a server or anything. I assume I will need to make some sort of bootable custom image on a USB drive or DVD. My questions are as follows:

1) What's the best way to go about creating a reference computer? What tools and resources are pre-built into W10 Pro that make this easy?

2) As far as deploying the image, what's the best way to accomplish this since I don't have a server? I know there are some built-in ways to accomplish this, but am not sure which route to go. Or should I opt for some free third-party software of some sort?

I have previously tried using Sysprep to do this by following an online tutorial, but it turns out that there is some sort of issues with AIO computers that Sysprep doesn't like...or at least the DELL AIO Optiplex line. For the curious, the error I experienced can be found here: https://goo.gl/Lc6Tg5

After further research, it appears the Sysprep is a bit antiquated and that there may be better ways to prep and deploy and image anyway. Any help will be much appreciated.

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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>
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Hello,
Hopefully some of you residing Windows 8.1/2012R2 WDS experts are able to answer this question that has been tormenting me for 3 weeks now!

I have been trying to deploy a custom Windows 8.1 image to a test VM using an answer file and WDS for a mostly unattended process (outside of selecting the image to apply).

The image and installation process actually works flawlessly if I let WDS handle all known and unknown clients.  The problem comes when I try to "name and approve" the stations.  All I do is enter the name and leave everything else blank
and/or at their default settings but it always fails no matter the tweaks I've been trying to apply to the answer file, UnsecureJoin true or false with the credentials and whatnot does not matter.  For the sake of simplicity, I'll post the "specialize"
portion of my answer file which worked using UnsecureJoin without name and approve here:

<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" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<Identification>
<UnsecureJoin>true</UnsecureJoin>
</Identification>
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A:Unable to deploy a Windows 8.1 image using WDS name and approve!

Thanks for the info Roger.

However, we ended up contacting Microsoft regarding this and after several weeks of useless tests, turns out there is a bug in WDS when using admin approval and PXE booting when using UEFI over BIOS and unattended domain joining is simply non-functional over
UEFI when pxe booting with WDS name and approve.

Long story short, keep using BIOS if you want automated joins with WDS name and approve.  If you are forced to use UEFI, the only other alternative would be to use a logon script after deployment but this assumes the account that will be logged in is an
administrator.  Either that or manually join the domain post-deployment!

Hope this helps somebody else with this same problem.  I know it caused me some major headaches.

Cheers!

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We use SCCM R3, and i installed the HP imaging plug -in 1.1  I read the documentation, and it should be easy to deploy the standard HP t610 image, downloaded from the HP site..The problem is that can't pre-configure the SCCM clientSo i prefer to capture the image with SCCM..  I know that i need to configure some settings like SCCM client, the FBWF, probably adding NIC drivers to boot image, Administrator autoogon etc..Is there a manual how to capture and deploy the T610 OS with SCCM??? Thanx

A:Capture and deploy T610 OSD image with SCCM PXE

The Imaging plug-in for HP Thin Clients can only be used to deploy images and has no capture facilities. You can however, capture a custom image using HP Device Manager or ThinState, and then deploy that image using the SCCM plug-in. 

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We have problems to deploy a previously captured image from a T520(cached imaging) to the same T520(i'm testing the deployment). The date time is correct on the server and the image. I already tried a sent update agent, which succeeded.  Here below you can find the log of the error 2017-05-04 16:43:15 Map repository to: HPDM_Repository2017-05-04 16:43:16 Successfully sent task to the Device Management Gateway2017-05-04 16:43:18 Task has been retrieved by the Agent.2017-05-04 16:44:55 Task has been retrieved by the Agent.2017-05-04 16:44:59 [Error code: 1068032] [Module: Agent] [Category: Remote file/directory operation]2017-05-04 16:44:59 [Error Details]: Deploy image using repository HPDM_Repository. Failure deploying Image VLG 04-05-2017.ibr from /Repository/Images/Deploy VLG image(04-05-2017). Failed to execute DeployImage task. ErrorCode: 1068032, Error Info: ..\..\Task\wins\[email protected]: Failed to get image task infomation. ..\..\Task\common\[email protected]: Failed to get FTP settings. ..\..\Task\common\[email protected]: Failed to create file client. Repos\[email protected]: The specific file transfer protocol SMB is not found.2017-05-04 16:44:59 Failed to execute common task.  Can someone help me out? Thanks in advance

A:HP Device manager 4.7 error 106803 can't deploy image

 

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I'm trying to import a ThinPro 4 image to create a deployment task template, and I keep getting the error "An error occurred while deleting file <image file name>" I tried both PXE and non-PXE and got the same error both times. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Dave

A:Error importing HP Thinpro 4 image to deploy using HPDM 4.6

Looks like your Master Repository is not well configured. Could you please check the controller.conf in ..\HP Device Manager\MasterRepositoryController and Master Repository editor dialog(Console -> Tools-> Repository Management -> Double click Master Repository item ) to make sure they are pointed to the same directory? You can attach the screenshot and I will help to check.





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We are using SCCM 2012 R2 to deploy an OSD image on Windows 7 x64 Professional.   I have downloaded and created a driver package for the EliteDesk 800 G3 MIni using the driver packages downloaded using the HP Softpaq Download Manager.   I have set "Legacy Support Enable and Secure Boot Disable" in the Secure Boot Configuration in the CMOS.   The device is able to boot to PXE,  will load the operating system image, appears to load device drivers, then fails on the first boot of Windows.   Is there any suggestions of any other CMOS settings or driver issues that may be contributing to this issue? Thank you for any suggestions! Shawn

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First of all I would like to apologize If this is the wrong tread, but it concerns my monitor.

Monitor specs:
http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/e...2142284-12142284-12142284-79913205.html?dnr=1

I know the max I can get me res to is 1440x900 60hz, But when I change I get that "input image out or range, please change to so and so res" window, and it will not go away until I do change.

The annoying and disappointing thing is, it looks soo nice in 1600x900! I can do everything in 1600x900 and works fine, but I still have to work around that window that will won't go away. Even when I change game settings to that res, same thing. try playing Pirates of the Burning sea on low res.. it's soo difficult, there's not enough room for your interface...

IS THERE A WAY AROUND? I know it's not my computer thats bringing up this error, but my monitor. (it's happened on different comps). Is there something I can do just to ignore this error screen? Is there a way to turn it off? Im more then willing to go change settings in regedit if I have to :\

Please leave easy to understand directions, thank you.
 

A:Input Image out of range. Is there a by-pass?

It's not safe to use a mode that it doesn't officially support, hence the annoying message that you can't get rid of. It may "work" for a while (days or weeks) but you'll probably ruin the monitor eventually and it won't be covered under warranty.

It's like overclocking a PC's CPU... while it may "work", it's not good for the CPU and won't be covered under warranty if it dies.
 

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Had a short power failure today which obviously shut down my computer. When I turned it back on I can't get pass the windows welcome screen, just keeps scrolling. I am currently in Safe mode with networking. Have tried to do a system restore but did not take care of the issue. Have had power failures before but never encountered this problem when restarting computer.

I'm starting to have withdrawals and also need to do some real work too. Any suggestions on what I should do?

Thank you!

A:Power Failure; Can't Reboot Pass Welcome Screen

If you're networked, unplug all the cables, then boot it up and see what happens. Sometimes you will need to power it off then back on again to get it to load properly. Try this a few times and see what happens.

Also, do you have your computers on a surge protector?..... I hope you say yes..

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Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a Dell Windows RT tablet from someone. It had the problem of not starting anymore. I managed to get my hands on a Windows RT 8.0 Recovery USB Image for this type of tablet. I used a Imaging tool to install this image on a USB drive.
I booted with this and I could access the Advanced recovery options. I started the Command Prompt and launched Diskpart. I saw all of the partitions where gone. So I used Diskpart to re-install all of the partitions using the Microsoft standard.
It looks like this:

convert gpt
create partition primary size=450
set id=DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
assign letter=T
create partition efi size=200
format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
assign letter=S
create partition msr size=128
create partition primary
shrink minimum=4200
gpt attributes=0x0000000000000000
format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
assign letter=W
create partition primary
set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac
gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001
format quick fs=ntfs label="Recovery image"
assign letter=R
rescan
exit 

All went well. After recreating the partitions, I used DISM to deploy the *.wim image on the USB drive to the Windows partition and installed the bootloader afterwards. The tablet was fixed after this :) I installed Windows RT 8.0 and updated to Windows
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Running a HP 1220C (Love it more everyday). Unfortunately HP has discontinued them otherwise I would have got another one in case this one croaks.

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

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

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

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

A:Anyone here specialize in Printer psychology?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Originally Posted by xdarkmario


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



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

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











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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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