Solved Can't get MDT imaging to work

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February 10, 2014 at 06:16:20
Specs: Windows Server 2012, Intel P4/2 GB RAM
This is driving me crazy. I'm hoping someone here can help me out. Here's the current configuration:

Windows 7 PC
MDT 2012
Windows AIK
Windows ADK for 8.1

I've created a vm for the reference image and have the .wim file ready to go. The task has been created and I can boot to the deployment screen. I make all my selections and the installation works fine. Once it does it's first reboot, however, after a few minutes of finding and installing devices it errors out.

The first error is "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 click OK on the window that popped up and the computer reboots, then I get another window that says "The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click "OK" to restart the computer, and then restart the installation."

I've looked through the unattend.xml and I can't see where it's getting hung up. I looked in the logs and can't see it there, either.


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February 10, 2014 at 07:50:24
Saw this similer post you may want to look through(unless its yours)


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February 10, 2014 at 14:11:36
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Okay, I got past that problem by going into the unattend.xml file by using the GUI interface through the MDT (right-click the task sequence in MDT, left-click Properties, click the OS Info tab and click the Edit unattand.xml button).

In there I had to go into the specialize section, locate that IE Welcome Screen option, right-click it and select the option to revert the change (or whatever it said). Even if it says False already do this and it'll fix the issue.

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February 10, 2014 at 16:30:36
Sweet make sure to mark your post best answer, or if you can't I will when the option presents itself. Glad you found the answer.


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