Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

Windows 7 Sysprep/Deployment Error

Posted on 2010-08-12
5
Medium Priority
?
1,074 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-12
I have set up a Dell Optiplex 380 with Windows 7 Professional and installed all software and set necessary desktops for the local account, as well as three domain user accounts.

I ran Sysprep using the following command line:
sysprep.exe /oobe /reboot /generalize /unattend:c:\answerfile\unattend.xml

It continued through the Sysprep, rebooted, and I captured the image using Ghost.

Upon deploying that captured image, I get a "unable to parse answer file during 'specialize' pass" message.  The computer then needs to be rebooted, and is stuck in this loop.

The answer file does not have a lot of information in it.    It's pretty simple.  Here it is:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
- <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
- <settings pass="specialize">
- <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">
  <CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile>
  <ShowWindowsLive>false</ShowWindowsLive>
  <TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time</TimeZone>
  </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>en-us</InputLocale>
  <SystemLocale>en-us</SystemLocale>
  <UILanguage>en-us</UILanguage>
  <UserLocale>en-us</UserLocale>
  </component>
- <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">
- <OOBE>
  <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
  <NetworkLocation>Work</NetworkLocation>
  <ProtectYourPC>3</ProtectYourPC>
  </OOBE>
  <RegisteredOwner>Technology Department</RegisteredOwner>
  <RegisteredOrganization>North Attleboro School Department</RegisteredOrganization>
  </component>
  </settings>
  <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim://conts14/deploymentshare/operating%20systems/windows%207%20professional%20x86/sources/install.wim#Windows 7 PROFESSIONAL" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
  </unattend>

I'm not sure why this is happening, and I need to get the computer to boot.

Thanks in advance,

Justin
0
Comment
Question by:nasupport1
  • 3
5 Comments
 
LVL 96

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 33422165
Did you validate the answer file first in the WAIK?
0
 

Author Comment

by:nasupport1
ID: 33422294
Yes.  There were 0 issues in the XML tab, 25 "no changes" on the second tab, and 0 issues on the third tab.
0
 

Author Comment

by:nasupport1
ID: 33432566
I've since rebuilt the image, and I no longer get the specific error about not parsing the answer file.  I do, however, get a new "Windows could not finish configuring the system" error.  You must reboot to continue or "try again", and when you do, this message comes back, creating a boot loop.

Again, the XML unattend file is VALIDATED...no errors.  The computer is not joined to our domain.
0
 
LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:Ivano Viola
ID: 33439196
Try adding the following pass to your xml (see image) ...if not joining the domain put the computer into a workgroup.


image.JPG
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
nasupport1 earned 0 total points
ID: 33471934
I might try ivanoviola's suggestion at a later time, but this question wasn't sufficiently answered in a reasonable amount of time.

I rebuilt the image and was able to use the XML unattend file from my first post without any issues.  But this time, I never joined it to our domain at all (previously, I had joined it to our domain, added some stuff, and removed it from the domain before imaging).  I doubt that was the cause, however, as we had used the process to image labs before.
0

Featured Post

How to Use the Help Bell

Need to boost the visibility of your question for solutions? Use the Experts Exchange Help Bell to confirm priority levels and contact subject-matter experts for question attention.  Check out this how-to article for more information.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Rules and regulations were devised in order to maintain the integrity of a system. However, interpretation of rules can be quite tricky.
While Plesk offers many potential benefits to website administrators, including compatibility with Windows Server and other leading technologies, the company has also been working to differentiate it from other control panels for content management…
In a question here at Experts Exchange (https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29062564/Adobe-acrobat-reader-DC.html), a member asked how to create a signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (the free Reader product, not the paid, full Acrobat produ…
Whether it be Exchange Server Crash Issues, Dirty Shutdown Errors or Failed to mount error, Stellar Phoenix Mailbox Exchange Recovery has always got your back. With the help of its easy to understand user interface and 3 simple steps recovery proced…

772 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question