I have setup a new computer with the Dell Windows 7 OEM disk. I ran sysprep using the answer file below. When I try to deploy this image on to desktops I get an error. Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [c:\windows\panther\unatte
nd.xml] for pass [specialize]. The answer file is invalid.
I have checked and there is no unattend.xml in the panther directory before I start the sysprep, and when I check later the unattend.xml file looks like a copy of my file anyway so maybe that is part of the sysprep process.
The computer connects to the WDS server and does the whole setup up to the point "Setup is applying system settings" and then the error appears. When you click OK the system restarts and and you get to the point "Setup is preparing your system for first time use" and you get another error saying windows installation cannot proceed. When you click OK the system restarts again. It now keeps going back to this point and you cannot continue any further. You cannot get into the system to check any log files.
I have attached the answer file I am using.
I am using the WDS server to deploy XP systems and that works fine.