XP unattended Setup problem
Posted on 2002-06-11
trying to get the Windows XP pro unattended setup to run (already mastered Windows NT and Windows 2000, so I am not quite a beginner ...) I ran into the following problems. 100 pts to whoever can help me with any of the two, so a 200 pts total awaits you!
Problem 1: After the text mode setup portion has completed copying files, the machine does not reboot by itself, but requires me to reboot manually. The last screen displayed is the usual file copy progress bar, showing 100% files copied, no filename in the upper right corner, and there the machine sits and waits forever.
Problem 2: if I do reboot the machine manually, unattended setup continues, runs almost all the way through textmode and GUI setup without a problem, and then displays an error like this:
An error has been encountered that prevents Setup from continuing. Setup failed to install the product catalogs. This is a fatal error. The setup log files should contain more information.
Press OK to view the Setup log file
Pressing OK shows a logfile with exactly 2 useless messages in it, and no more clue what has happened. Message 1 is an error (not a fatal error) complaining that the system time was invalid, and has me check the system time settings in the BIOS. Bogus message, the system time is fine. The second message is an exact copy of the message displayed before.
Environment: I start the XP setup over the network using a DOS based bootdisk to connect to the distribution server. The sharepoint as well as the unattended file have both been created using setupmgr.exe from the deploy.cab file of the XP CD-ROM. The harddrive has been wiped and repartitioned before I started winnt.exe. So the Microsoft articles that describe a similiar problem when upgrading from a previous installation of 98 or ME do not apply.
Anyone who can help, or has observed the same problem?