Need Help - Trouble using Autounattend.xml to install Vista Beta 2

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Bill S., Jun 13, 2006.

  1. Bill S.

    Bill S. Guest

    I'm trying to follow the instructions in the Microsoft publication titled
    "Getting Started with the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows WAIK)".

    o I've downloaded the WAIK/created a DVD/installed it.

    o Have tried to religiously follow the example on how to create a file to
    drive an unattended install. I specifically have made no attempt to customize
    anything. (The Autounattend that I produced running SIM is appended below.)

    o I've booted from the Vista installation CD, with this answer file present
    on either floppy and USB drive.

    What happens every time is that

    o the system boots into the installation process - I assume something
    running in WinPE.

    o pops up the first installation screen (Installation Language/Time/Keyboard
    layout) and waits for input.


    Just for the fun of it I accept the defaults in this screen, press Next. The
    result is an error screen saying

    "An error occurred while Setup was validating the system for installation."



    Finally: If I attempt this same process without the answer file on a drive,
    then the Vista install proceeds as normal (with manual input). I conclude
    that the problem is in my answer file and/or the "unattended" implementation.

    One other point: The only variations of the answer file that I have tried
    are the Windows key with/without the dashes. No effect.


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-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">
    <DiskConfiguration>
    <Disk>
    <CreatePartitions>
    <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
    <Order>1</Order>
    <Size>20000</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>
    </ModifyPartition>
    </ModifyPartitions>
    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
    <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
    </Disk>
    <WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
    </DiskConfiguration>
    <ImageInstall>
    <OSImage>
    <InstallTo>
    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
    <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
    </InstallTo>
    <WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
    </OSImage>
    </ImageInstall>
    <UserData>
    <ProductKey>
    <WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
    <Key>AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA</Key>
    </ProductKey>
    <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
    </UserData>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
    <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>
    <ProtectYourPC>3</ProtectYourPC>
    <SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE>
    <SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE>
    </OOBE>
    </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:eek:fflineImage cpi:source="wim:d:/vista%20imaging/wim/install.wim#Windows
    Vista Business" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
    </unattend>
     
    Bill S., Jun 13, 2006
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  2. Bill S.

    Bill S. Guest

    Found this one by RTFM: Cookbook is incomplete. the WAIK manual says that
    language entries are required in the answer file.
     
    Bill S., Jun 13, 2006
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    Kris Anne Guest

    Hi Bill....
    I'm having trouble getting started with the WAIK myself... only i can't even
    find it to try to start using it. Where did you download it from? All I
    keep finding are text documents on how to use it, but no installer for it.
    Is it on the vista DVD? I haven't been able to find it. Any help would be
    greatly appreciated!
    Thanks!
     
    Kris Anne, Jun 19, 2006
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  4. Bill S.

    Kris Anne Guest

    Bill,
    I too am havin gissues with WAIK... except my issue is with finding it!
    I've searched microsoft and Technet far and wide and keep getting thrown back
    to the same download for documentationt... nothing for an installer of any
    kind. Could you tell me where you got it from? Or is it on the DVD and I'm
    just not recognizing it? Any help that anyone might have for me would be
    really appreciated!!!

    Thanks,
    Kris Anne
     
    Kris Anne, Jun 19, 2006
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  5. Bill S.

    Kris Anne Guest

    Bill,
    I too am havin gissues with WAIK... except my issue is with finding it!
    I've searched microsoft and Technet far and wide and keep getting thrown back
    to the same download for documentationt... nothing for an installer of any
    kind. Could you tell me where you got it from? Or is it on the DVD and I'm
    just not recognizing it? Any help that anyone might have for me would be
    really appreciated!!!

    Thanks,
    Kris Anne
     
    Kris Anne, Jun 19, 2006
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