Sharing some helpful answer files to bypass Win 11 setup requirements and more


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Below you will find several answer files that can be used to install Windows 11. Each answer file serves a different purpose as described below. Note that these can be used to bypass the normal system requirements for installation of Windows 11. If you want Windows to perform the usual system requirements checks, that section can be easily removed. All of these answer files will install the Windows Professional Edition. You can change the key in an answer file if you want to change it from Pro to Home or another edition. Those answer files that specify locality data are configured to install Windows English language editions for use in the United States and set a time zone of US Central Time. Again, you can alter these if you like.

If you have any special requests for customized answer files, let me know and I'll be happy to help.

Preceding each answer file is a description of what that answer file does and anything that you may want to pay attention to regarding usage of that answer file.

The answer files are listed in order from those that do the least (simply bypassing Win 11 requirements) to those that do the most (full unattended installation).

TIP: For all answer files except the Autounattend_Bypass.xml, if you change the key in the answer file to a Windows Home Edition key, you will end up with a local account called "WinAdmin" so these answer files can be used to install Windows Home with a Local Account which is not normally possible during a manual installation.

Using the Answer Files to Install Windows...

... on a Physical Machine


Create your thumb drive for installing Windows in the same manner that you always do. Copy the answer file that you want to use onto the root of the thumb drive and rename it to "autounattend.xml".

... in a VM (Method 1 - Easy Method)

Place the answer file that you wish to use in a folder all by itself and rename it to autounattend.xml.

Create an ISO image from the contents of that folder using any software that you like - just make sure that the answer file is at the root of the drive, not in a folder. If you use the OSCDIMG utility that is installed with the Windows ADK, use the syntax as in the example below.
Code:
OSCDIMG.EXE -o -m -h -k -u2 -udfver102 -L"Vol_Name" "Source" "Destination"
Be aware that there is no space after the "-L".

Vol_Name is the Volume name that would show up when the ISO image is mounted. You can use "" to indicate no volume name or omit the -L"Vol_Name" since this is optional.

Source is the entire path to the folder where you saved answer file.

Destination is the full destination path including the filename of the ISO image you are creating.

Example:
Code:
OSCDIMG.EXE -o -m -h -k -u2 -udfver102 -L"My Answer File" "C:\Answer File" "%UserProfile%\Desktop\My Answer File.ISO"
When you install Windows, simply attach this ISO image as a second drive. This works because Windows setup will search the root of all drives it has access to for an answer file.

... in a VM (Method 2 - More Difficult)

This method is slightly more difficult because you will need to re-create your Windows ISO image making sure to properly make it a bootable image.

Copy the contents of your Windows ISO image file to a folder. In this example, I will assume C:\ISO_Files.

Copy the answer file that you wish to use to that folder and rename it to autounattend.xml.

Re-create your ISO image. If you are using the OSCDIMG tool that is installed with the Windows ADK, use the syntax as in the example below. BE CAREFUL! This command has spots where you might expect to see a space, but none exists.

Replace the 3 occurrences of c:\iso_files with the correct path to where your files are located. Also, replace the c:\Win11.iso at the end of command with the correct path and name for the output file that you want to save. If a path contains spaces, enclose it in double quotes.
Code:
oscdimg.exe -m -o -u2 -udfver102 -bootdata:2#p0,e,bc:\iso_files\boot\etfsboot.com#pEF,e,bc:\iso_files\efi\microsoft\boot\efisys.bin c:\iso_files c:\Win11.iso


Autounattend_Bypass.xml - Using this answer file with Windows 11 will bypass the checks for supported CPU, TPM, Secure Boot, memory and storage space requirements. Note that this answer file does NOT automate installation. The only thing that it does is bypass those checks. This can be used on both BIOS and UEFI based systems. You will still need to respond to the prompts and provide the information requested by setup just as with any standard installation of Windows.

EDIT: Below code edited on April 12, 2022. In order for this to work, you still need to specify a product key in the answer file and I was missing that in this sample. In this sample I am now using a Windows 10/11 Pro key.
Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <UserData>
                <ProductKey>
                    <Key>VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T</Key>
                </ProductKey>
                <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
            </UserData>
            <RunSynchronous>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>1</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassTPMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>2</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassSecureBootCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>3</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassRAMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>5</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassCPUCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>4</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassStorageCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
            </RunSynchronous>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog://godzilla/data/windows/windows tools and deployment apps/assets and tools for deployment/win 11 pro 21h2 catalog file/install_windows 10 pro.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>

Autounattend_Bypass_No_Location.xml - Installs Windows on either a BIOS or UEFI based system. It will bypass the checks for supported CPU, TPM, Secure Boot, memory and storage space requirements. The installation will be completely unattended EXCEPT that the user will need to specify onto what disk Windows should be installed. This is perfect for systems where you are not certain of the disk number that you will install onto in advance. Another advantage of this is that Windows will install the recovery partition last which follows the latest recommendation from Microsoft which would not happen if you specified the disk to install to in your answer file. Creates an Administrator level user named "WinAdmin" with no password.
Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <SetupUILanguage>
                <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            </SetupUILanguage>
            <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
            <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
            <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <RunSynchronous>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>1</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassTPMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>2</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassSecureBootCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>3</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassRAMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>5</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassCPUCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>4</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassStorageCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
            </RunSynchronous>
            <UserData>
                <ProductKey>
                    <Key>VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T</Key>
                </ProductKey>
                <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
            </UserData>
            <ImageInstall>
                <OSImage>
                    <InstallFrom>
                        <Path>\install.wim</Path>
                    </InstallFrom>
                </OSImage>
            </ImageInstall>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" 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>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" 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>
                <VMModeOptimizations>
                    <SkipAdministratorProfileRemoval>false</SkipAdministratorProfileRemoval>
                </VMModeOptimizations>
                <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
                <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen>
                <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens>
                <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
                <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
                <UnattendEnableRetailDemo>false</UnattendEnableRetailDemo>
            </OOBE>
            <UserAccounts>
                <LocalAccounts>
                    <LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
                        <Password>
                            <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                            <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                        </Password>
                        <DisplayName>Windows Admin</DisplayName>
                        <Group>administrators</Group>
                        <Name>WinAdmin</Name>
                    </LocalAccount>
                </LocalAccounts>
            </UserAccounts>
            <TimeZone>Central Standard Time</TimeZone>
            <AutoLogon>
                <Password>
                    <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                    <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                </Password>
                <Enabled>true</Enabled>
                <LogonCount>1</LogonCount>
                <Username>WinAdmin</Username>
            </AutoLogon>
            <FirstLogonCommands>
                <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <CommandLine>reg add &quot;HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon&quot; /v AutoLogonCount /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f</CommandLine>
                    <Order>1</Order>
                </SynchronousCommand>
            </FirstLogonCommands>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="specialize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <TimeZone>Central Standard Time</TimeZone>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog://godzilla/data/windows/windows tools and deployment apps/assets for deployment/win 11 pro 21h2 catalog file/install_windows 10 pro.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>

Autounattend_Bypass_Unattended.xml - Installs Windows 11 Pro on a UEFI based system to disk 0. Creates an Administrator level user named "WinAdmin" with no password. Bypasses the checks for supported CPU, TPM, Secure Boot, memory and strorage space requirements. IMPORTANT: Be aware that this is a 100% fully automated installation. It will wipe out disk 0 and install to it. Make sure that disk 0 is really the corrtect disk! Make sure you don't accidentally boot a thumb drive or ISO image with this answer file on it because it WILL WIPE DISK 0 WITHOUT WARNING!
Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <SetupUILanguage>
                <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            </SetupUILanguage>
            <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
            <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
            <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <RunSynchronous>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>1</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassTPMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>2</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassSecureBootCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>3</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassRAMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>5</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassCPUCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>4</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassStorageCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
            </RunSynchronous>
            <DiskConfiguration>
                <Disk wcm:action="add">
                    <CreatePartitions>
                        <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Order>1</Order>
                            <Size>500</Size>
                            <Type>Primary</Type>
                        </CreatePartition>
                        <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Order>2</Order>
                            <Size>260</Size>
                            <Type>EFI</Type>
                        </CreatePartition>
                        <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Order>3</Order>
                            <Size>128</Size>
                            <Type>MSR</Type>
                        </CreatePartition>
                        <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Extend>true</Extend>
                            <Order>4</Order>
                            <Type>Primary</Type>
                        </CreatePartition>
                    </CreatePartitions>
                    <ModifyPartitions>
                        <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Format>NTFS</Format>
                            <Label>WinRE</Label>
                            <Order>1</Order>
                            <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
                            <TypeID>DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC</TypeID>
                        </ModifyPartition>
                        <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Format>FAT32</Format>
                            <Label>System</Label>
                            <Order>2</Order>
                            <PartitionID>2</PartitionID>
                        </ModifyPartition>
                        <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Order>3</Order>
                            <PartitionID>3</PartitionID>
                        </ModifyPartition>
                        <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Format>NTFS</Format>
                            <Label>Windows</Label>
                            <Letter>C</Letter>
                            <Order>4</Order>
                            <PartitionID>4</PartitionID>
                        </ModifyPartition>
                    </ModifyPartitions>
                    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
                    <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
                </Disk>
            </DiskConfiguration>
            <UserData>
                <ProductKey>
                    <Key>VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T</Key>
                </ProductKey>
                <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
            </UserData>
            <ImageInstall>
                <OSImage>
                    <InstallTo>
                        <DiskID>0</DiskID>
                        <PartitionID>4</PartitionID>
                    </InstallTo>
                </OSImage>
            </ImageInstall>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" 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>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" 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>
                <VMModeOptimizations>
                    <SkipAdministratorProfileRemoval>false</SkipAdministratorProfileRemoval>
                </VMModeOptimizations>
                <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
                <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen>
                <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens>
                <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
                <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
                <UnattendEnableRetailDemo>false</UnattendEnableRetailDemo>
            </OOBE>
            <UserAccounts>
                <LocalAccounts>
                    <LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
                        <Password>
                            <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                            <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                        </Password>
                        <DisplayName>Windows Admin</DisplayName>
                        <Group>administrators</Group>
                        <Name>WinAdmin</Name>
                    </LocalAccount>
                </LocalAccounts>
            </UserAccounts>
            <TimeZone>Central Standard Time</TimeZone>
            <AutoLogon>
                <Password>
                    <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                    <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                </Password>
                <Enabled>true</Enabled>
                <LogonCount>1</LogonCount>
                <Username>WinAdmin</Username>
            </AutoLogon>
            <FirstLogonCommands>
                <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <CommandLine>reg add &quot;HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon&quot; /v AutoLogonCount /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f</CommandLine>
                    <Order>1</Order>
                </SynchronousCommand>
            </FirstLogonCommands>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="specialize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <TimeZone>Central Standard Time</TimeZone>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog://godzilla/crucial_nvmewin11/sources/install_windows 10 pro.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>
 
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System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1 Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor
Thank you very much for your answer ! you helped a lot our group of 8 people in France
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
Thank you very much for your answer ! you helped a lot our group of 8 people in France
Thanks for taking the time to let me know that this helped, and welcome to ElevenForum!

If you have any questions regarding this or if I can help any further, please feel free to let me know.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1 Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor
But on the 2nd Autounattend file, I am being requested a password and yet you said there is no password
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
But on the 2nd Autounattend file, I am being requested a password and yet you said there is no password
Welcome to ElevenForum!

Could you explain in a little mor detail what you mean by this? When are you prompted for a password? After you have installed Windows and are trying to logon?

If I am understanding you correctly, it was probably your intention to clear the password (make it blank or no password) in the answer file. Is that correct?

There seems to be a problem with this field accepting a blank password when modifying it in the Windows System Image Manager. To work around this, enter anything in the Value field for the password, making sure to hit Enter afterward. Then clear the password and again hit Enter. The password is now set to a blank password.

Also, if the password field already has a password in that field, do NOT try to simply change the password. Instead, delete the "password" block, then add it back again, and then finally fill in the "password" field.

EDIT: The reason for this is that when you initially add a password it is in clear text. Once you save the file with Window System Image Manager (SIM), if will encrypt. To get it out of the encrypted mode, you need to remove and recreate the password block.

I hope that this makes sense. If not, let me know.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1 Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor
Welcome to ElevenForum!

Could you explain in a little mor detail what you man by this? When are prompted for a password? After you have installed Windows and are trying to logon?

If I am understanding you correctly, it was probably your intention to clear the password (make it blank or no password) in the answer file. Is that correct?

There seems to be a problem with this field accepting a blank password when modifying it in the Windows System Image Manager. To work around this, enter anything in the Value field for the password, making sure to hit Enter afterward. Then clear the password and again hit Enter. The password is now set to a blank password.

Also, if the password field already has a password in that field, do NOT try to simply change the password. Instead, delete the "password" block, then add it back again, and then finally fill in the "password" field.

I hope that this makes sense. If not, let me know.
I'd suggest currently the easiest method is to create a "Virtual disk" of 64GB in size or more (note NOT a virtual machine) and then boot the relevant ISO -->repair system >>command prompt. Then simply use dism /apply-Image to apply the windows system to the target and install the bootloader with bcdboot.exe.

This method doesn't do the eligibilty checks that a "standard" windows setup.exe does when running an install in "the classical way".

Of course running in a Virtual machine is usually also pretty strateforward -- even on "Ancient hardware" if you are so inclined. TPM can be "emulated" in the VM, the Virtual CPU selected to one that passes the tests for W11 and secure boot enabled, Of course depending on what you want to run on W11 the "Virtual environment" might not be adeqaute but VM's have improved inordinately over the last few years, especially HYPER-V and KVM/QEMU.

Cheers
jimbo
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows XP,7,10,11 Linux Arch Linux
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    2 X Intel i7
These answer files work. But it will ask for password on second boot so don't forget changing password using cmd on first boot itself. Or edit the relevant section accordingly to avoid that problem
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Fedora
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    ryzen 3800x
    Motherboard
    MSI gaming plus chipset X470
    Memory
    32G
Hi All and Kari in particular,

I use to relocate the users directory to another drive for decades. It started in 1996, when I had OS/2 and AIX sharing a machine and later (1998) OS/2 and, Linux (SuSE) and NT4.0 sharing a system with common user partition running HPFS (and the NT4.0 had no HPFS driver, I have to stitch it in from 3.51... once upon a time).

Anyway, the practice of unattended mode with the current answering file accompany my at least since Win7 (I think that in XP I had to run some other procedure before installation to make a custom installation process, but I really do not remember the details now and they do not matter) and I have a lot of good experience with it, including the old Win7 sysprep problem that required the removal of some Media Player files (the reason I bring it up is that it is the only reference I found for the message "sysprep fetal error").

I bought a new laptop, Dell Precision M7670 with Win11Pro (OEM), try to install it like I did with hundreds of computers in the past but run into a problem when trying to run the same unattended mode installation. After getting to Audit Mode I close the open sysprep process, then try to run it in unattended mode

c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /oobe /reboot /unattend:d:\folders.xml

and the result is a fatal error

M7670.sysprep.FetalError.png


The answering file I am using worked perfectly for Win10. The drive D is recogised by the system, all disks are local and no VM involved (though I likely to need one in the future)

M7670.Diskpart.Volume.20230310.png

Attached are the log files of sysprep and the system into

System Info
Code:
Device name        M7670
Processor          12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-12850HX   2.10 GHz
Installed RAM      32.0 GB (31.7 GB usable)
Device ID          FF405509-A5BB-41C7-B85A-456C492FFA58
Product ID         00355-60842-45557-AAOEM
System type        64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
Pen and touch      Touch support with 10 touch points


Edition            Windows 11 Pro
Version            22H2
Installed on       ‎2/‎23/‎2023
OS build           22621.755
Experience         Windows Feature Experience Pack 1000.22636.1000.0


setupact.log
Code:
2023-02-09 15:18:56, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-09 15:18:56, Info                  SYSPRP ===          Beginning of a new sysprep run          ===
2023-02-09 15:18:56, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-09 15:18:56, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-09 15:18:56
2023-02-09 15:18:56, Info       [0x0f004e] SYSPRP Initialized SysPrep log at C:\WINDOWS\system32\sysprep\Panther
2023-02-09 15:18:56, Info       [0x0f0054] SYSPRP ValidatePrivileges:User has required privileges to sysprep machine
2023-02-09 15:18:56, Info       [0x0f007e] SYSPRP FCreateTagFile:Tag file C:\WINDOWS\system32\sysprep\Sysprep_succeeded.tag does not already exist, no need to delete anything
2023-02-09 15:18:56, Info       [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'REBOOT'
2023-02-09 15:18:56, Info       [0x0f003d] SYSPRP WinMain:Displaying dialog box for user to choose sysprep mode...
2023-02-09 15:19:18, Error      [0x0f0043] SYSPRP WinMain:The sysprep dialog box returned FALSE
2023-02-09 15:19:18, Info       [0x0f0052] SYSPRP Shutting down SysPrep log
2023-02-09 15:19:18, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-09 15:19:18
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info                  SYSPRP ===          Beginning of a new sysprep run          ===
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-09 15:19:28
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info       [0x0f004e] SYSPRP Initialized SysPrep log at c:\windows\system32\sysprep\Panther
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info       [0x0f0054] SYSPRP ValidatePrivileges:User has required privileges to sysprep machine
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info       [0x0f007e] SYSPRP FCreateTagFile:Tag file c:\windows\system32\sysprep\Sysprep_succeeded.tag does not already exist, no need to delete anything
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info       [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'OOBE'
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info       [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'REBOOT'
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info       [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'UNATTEND'
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info       [0x0f00d7] SYSPRP WinMain:Pre-validing 'cleanup' internal providers.
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info                  SYSPRP RunDlls:Running platform actions specified in action file for phase 3
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::CreateSession: Successfully created instance with action file C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\ActionFiles\Cleanup.xml, and mode <null>
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::Validate: Beginning action execution from C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\ActionFiles\Cleanup.xml
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::CreateXPathForSelection: Sysprep mode in registry is <null>
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::CreateXPathForSelection: Processor architecture in registry is AMD64
2023-02-09 15:19:28, Info                  SYSPRP ActionPlatform::LaunchModule: Executing method 'Sysprep_Clean_Validate_Opk' from C:\Windows\System32\spopk.dll
2023-02-09 15:19:34, Info                  CSI    00000001 Shim considered [l:125]'\??\C:\WINDOWS\Servicing\amd64_microsoft-windows-servicingstack_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.22621.754_none_6b6db8a890706ae2\wcp.dll' : got STATUS_OBJECT_PATH_NOT_FOUND
2023-02-09 15:19:34, Info                  CSI    00000002 Shim considered [l:122]'\??\C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-servicingstack_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.22621.754_none_6b6db8a890706ae2\wcp.dll' : got STATUS_SUCCESS
2023-02-09 15:19:34, Info                  SYSPRP Sysprep_Clean_Validate_Opk: Successfully validated reserves state on the machine for entering audit mode.
2023-02-09 15:19:34, Info                  SYSPRP ActionPlatform::LaunchModule: Successfully executed 'Sysprep_Clean_Validate_Opk' from C:\Windows\System32\spopk.dll
2023-02-09 15:19:34, Info       [0x0f004a] SYSPRP WaitThread:Entering spawned waiting thread
2023-02-09 15:19:34, Info                         [sysprep.exe] UnattendFindAnswerFile: Looking at explicitly provided unattend file [d:\folders.xml]...
2023-02-09 15:19:34, Error                        [sysprep.exe] UnattendFindAnswerFile: Unable to deserialize explicitly provided unattend file [d:\folders.xml]; status = 0x800705b9, hrResult = 0x0.
2023-02-09 15:19:34, Error      [0x0f009e] SYSPRP SysprepSearchForUnattend: Failed while searching for unattend file; hr = 0x800705b9
2023-02-09 15:19:34, Error      [0x0f00a5] SYSPRP WinMain:Encountered error while searching for unattend file; hr = 0x800705b9
2023-02-09 15:19:41, Info       [0x0f004c] SYSPRP WaitThread:Exiting spawned waiting thread
2023-02-09 15:19:41, Info       [0x0f0052] SYSPRP Shutting down SysPrep log
2023-02-09 15:19:41, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-09 15:19:41
2023-02-09 16:27:13, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-09 16:27:13, Info                  SYSPRP ===          Beginning of a new sysprep run          ===
2023-02-09 16:27:13, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-09 16:27:13, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-09 16:27:13
2023-02-09 16:27:13, Info       [0x0f004e] SYSPRP Initialized SysPrep log at C:\WINDOWS\system32\sysprep\Panther
2023-02-09 16:27:13, Info       [0x0f0054] SYSPRP ValidatePrivileges:User has required privileges to sysprep machine
2023-02-09 16:27:13, Info       [0x0f007e] SYSPRP FCreateTagFile:Tag file C:\WINDOWS\system32\sysprep\Sysprep_succeeded.tag does not already exist, no need to delete anything
2023-02-09 16:27:13, Info       [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'REBOOT'
2023-02-09 16:27:13, Info       [0x0f003d] SYSPRP WinMain:Displaying dialog box for user to choose sysprep mode...
2023-02-09 16:27:17, Error      [0x0f0043] SYSPRP WinMain:The sysprep dialog box returned FALSE
2023-02-09 16:27:17, Info       [0x0f0052] SYSPRP Shutting down SysPrep log
2023-02-09 16:27:17, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-09 16:27:17
2023-02-09 22:18:15, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-09 22:18:15, Info                  SYSPRP ===          Beginning of a new sysprep run          ===
2023-02-09 22:18:15, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-09 22:18:15, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-09 22:18:15
2023-02-09 22:18:15, Info       [0x0f004e] SYSPRP Initialized SysPrep log at C:\WINDOWS\system32\sysprep\Panther
2023-02-09 22:18:15, Info       [0x0f0054] SYSPRP ValidatePrivileges:User has required privileges to sysprep machine
2023-02-09 22:18:15, Info       [0x0f007e] SYSPRP FCreateTagFile:Tag file C:\WINDOWS\system32\sysprep\Sysprep_succeeded.tag does not already exist, no need to delete anything
2023-02-09 22:18:15, Info       [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'REBOOT'
2023-02-09 22:18:15, Info       [0x0f003d] SYSPRP WinMain:Displaying dialog box for user to choose sysprep mode...
2023-02-09 22:18:20, Error      [0x0f0043] SYSPRP WinMain:The sysprep dialog box returned FALSE
2023-02-09 22:18:20, Info       [0x0f0052] SYSPRP Shutting down SysPrep log
2023-02-09 22:18:20, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-09 22:18:20
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info                  SYSPRP ===          Beginning of a new sysprep run          ===
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-09 22:21:15
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info       [0x0f004e] SYSPRP Initialized SysPrep log at c:\windows\system32\sysprep\Panther
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info       [0x0f0054] SYSPRP ValidatePrivileges:User has required privileges to sysprep machine
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info       [0x0f007e] SYSPRP FCreateTagFile:Tag file c:\windows\system32\sysprep\Sysprep_succeeded.tag does not already exist, no need to delete anything
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info       [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'OOBE'
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info       [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'REBOOT'
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info       [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'UNATTEND'
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info       [0x0f00d7] SYSPRP WinMain:Pre-validing 'cleanup' internal providers.
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info                  SYSPRP RunDlls:Running platform actions specified in action file for phase 3
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::CreateSession: Successfully created instance with action file C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\ActionFiles\Cleanup.xml, and mode <null>
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::Validate: Beginning action execution from C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\ActionFiles\Cleanup.xml
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::CreateXPathForSelection: Sysprep mode in registry is <null>
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::CreateXPathForSelection: Processor architecture in registry is AMD64
2023-02-09 22:21:15, Info                  SYSPRP ActionPlatform::LaunchModule: Executing method 'Sysprep_Clean_Validate_Opk' from C:\Windows\System32\spopk.dll
2023-02-09 22:21:22, Info                  CSI    00000001 Shim considered [l:125]'\??\C:\WINDOWS\Servicing\amd64_microsoft-windows-servicingstack_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.22621.754_none_6b6db8a890706ae2\wcp.dll' : got STATUS_OBJECT_PATH_NOT_FOUND
2023-02-09 22:21:22, Info                  CSI    00000002 Shim considered [l:122]'\??\C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-servicingstack_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.22621.754_none_6b6db8a890706ae2\wcp.dll' : got STATUS_SUCCESS
2023-02-09 22:21:22, Info                  SYSPRP Sysprep_Clean_Validate_Opk: Successfully validated reserves state on the machine for entering audit mode.
2023-02-09 22:21:22, Info                  SYSPRP ActionPlatform::LaunchModule: Successfully executed 'Sysprep_Clean_Validate_Opk' from C:\Windows\System32\spopk.dll
2023-02-09 22:21:22, Info       [0x0f004a] SYSPRP WaitThread:Entering spawned waiting thread
2023-02-09 22:21:22, Info                         [sysprep.exe] UnattendFindAnswerFile: Looking at explicitly provided unattend file [d:\folders.xml]...
2023-02-09 22:21:22, Error                        [sysprep.exe] UnattendFindAnswerFile: Unable to deserialize explicitly provided unattend file [d:\folders.xml]; status = 0x800705b9, hrResult = 0x0.
2023-02-09 22:21:22, Error      [0x0f009e] SYSPRP SysprepSearchForUnattend: Failed while searching for unattend file; hr = 0x800705b9
2023-02-09 22:21:22, Error      [0x0f00a5] SYSPRP WinMain:Encountered error while searching for unattend file; hr = 0x800705b9
2023-02-09 22:21:24, Info       [0x0f004c] SYSPRP WaitThread:Exiting spawned waiting thread
2023-02-09 22:21:24, Info       [0x0f0052] SYSPRP Shutting down SysPrep log
2023-02-09 22:21:24, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-09 22:21:24
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info                  SYSPRP ===          Beginning of a new sysprep run          ===
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-10 12:49:43
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info       [0x0f004e] SYSPRP Initialized SysPrep log at c:\windows\system32\sysprep\Panther
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info       [0x0f0054] SYSPRP ValidatePrivileges:User has required privileges to sysprep machine
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info       [0x0f007e] SYSPRP FCreateTagFile:Tag file c:\windows\system32\sysprep\Sysprep_succeeded.tag does not already exist, no need to delete anything
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info       [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'OOBE'
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info       [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'GENERALIZE'
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info       [0x0f00d7] SYSPRP WinMain:Pre-validing 'cleanup' internal providers.
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info                  SYSPRP RunDlls:Running platform actions specified in action file for phase 3
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::CreateSession: Successfully created instance with action file C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\ActionFiles\Cleanup.xml, and mode <null>
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::Validate: Beginning action execution from C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\ActionFiles\Cleanup.xml
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::CreateXPathForSelection: Sysprep mode in registry is <null>
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::CreateXPathForSelection: Processor architecture in registry is AMD64
2023-02-10 12:49:43, Info                  SYSPRP ActionPlatform::LaunchModule: Executing method 'Sysprep_Clean_Validate_Opk' from C:\Windows\System32\spopk.dll
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  CSI    00000001 Shim considered [l:125]'\??\C:\WINDOWS\Servicing\amd64_microsoft-windows-servicingstack_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.22621.754_none_6b6db8a890706ae2\wcp.dll' : got STATUS_OBJECT_PATH_NOT_FOUND
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  CSI    00000002 Shim considered [l:122]'\??\C:\WINDOWS\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft-windows-servicingstack_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.22621.754_none_6b6db8a890706ae2\wcp.dll' : got STATUS_SUCCESS
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  SYSPRP Sysprep_Clean_Validate_Opk: Successfully validated reserves state on the machine for entering audit mode.
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  SYSPRP ActionPlatform::LaunchModule: Successfully executed 'Sysprep_Clean_Validate_Opk' from C:\Windows\System32\spopk.dll
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info       [0x0f00d7] SYSPRP WinMain:Pre-validing 'generalize' internal providers.
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  SYSPRP RunDlls:Running platform actions specified in action file for phase 1
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::CreateSession: Successfully created instance with action file C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\ActionFiles\Generalize.xml, and mode <null>
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::Validate: Beginning action execution from C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\ActionFiles\Generalize.xml
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::CreateXPathForSelection: Sysprep mode in registry is <null>
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  SYSPRP SysprepSession::CreateXPathForSelection: Processor architecture in registry is AMD64
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  SYSPRP ActionPlatform::LaunchModule: Executing method 'ValidateBitLockerState' from C:\Windows\System32\BdeSysprep.dll
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  SYSPRP ActionPlatform::LaunchModule: Successfully executed 'ValidateBitLockerState' from C:\Windows\System32\BdeSysprep.dll
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  SYSPRP ActionPlatform::LaunchModule: Executing method 'SysprepGeneralizeValidate' from C:\Windows\System32\AppxSysprep.dll
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Info                  SYSPRP Entering SysprepGeneralizeValidate (Appx) - validating whether all apps are also provisioned.
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error                 SYSPRP Package SpotifyAB.SpotifyMusic_1.204.912.0_x86__zpdnekdrzrea0 was installed for a user, but not provisioned for all users. This package will not function properly in the sysprep image.
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error                 SYSPRP Failed to remove apps for the current user: 0x80073cf2.
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error                 SYSPRP Exit code of RemoveAllApps thread was 0x3cf2.
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error                 SYSPRP ActionPlatform::LaunchModule: Failure occurred while executing 'SysprepGeneralizeValidate' from C:\Windows\System32\AppxSysprep.dll; dwRet = 0x3cf2
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error                 SYSPRP SysprepSession::Validate: Error in validating actions from C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\ActionFiles\Generalize.xml; dwRet = 0x3cf2
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error                 SYSPRP RunPlatformActions:Failed while validating Sysprep session actions; dwRet = 0x3cf2
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error      [0x0f0070] SYSPRP RunDlls:An error occurred while running registry sysprep DLLs, halting sysprep execution. dwRet = 0x3cf2
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error      [0x0f00d8] SYSPRP WinMain:Hit failure while pre-validate sysprep generalize internal providers; hr = 0x80073cf2
2023-02-10 12:51:47, Info       [0x0f0052] SYSPRP Shutting down SysPrep log
2023-02-10 12:51:47, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-10 12:51:47
2023-02-10 13:06:52, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-10 13:06:52, Info                  SYSPRP ===          Beginning of a new sysprep run          ===
2023-02-10 13:06:52, Info                  SYSPRP ========================================================
2023-02-10 13:06:52, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-10 13:06:52
2023-02-10 13:06:52, Info       [0x0f004e] SYSPRP Initialized SysPrep log at C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Panther
2023-02-10 13:06:52, Info       [0x0f0054] SYSPRP ValidatePrivileges:User has required privileges to sysprep machine
2023-02-10 13:06:52, Info       [0x0f007e] SYSPRP FCreateTagFile:Tag file C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Sysprep_succeeded.tag does not already exist, no need to delete anything
2023-02-10 13:06:52, Info       [0x0f005f] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Found supported command line option 'OOBE'
2023-02-10 13:06:52, Warning    [0x0f0064] SYSPRP ParseCommands:Malformed command line detected; no dash or slash present in option
2023-02-10 13:06:52, Error      [0x0f00a4] SYSPRP WinMain: Unable to parse command-line arguments to sysprep; GLE = 0x0
2023-02-10 13:06:56, Info       [0x0f0052] SYSPRP Shutting down SysPrep log
2023-02-10 13:06:56, Info       [0x0f004d] SYSPRP The time is now 2023-02-10 13:06:56


setuperr.log
Code:
2023-02-09 15:19:18, Error      [0x0f0043] SYSPRP WinMain:The sysprep dialog box returned FALSE
2023-02-09 15:19:34, Error                        [sysprep.exe] UnattendFindAnswerFile: Unable to deserialize explicitly provided unattend file [d:\folders.xml]; status = 0x800705b9, hrResult = 0x0.
2023-02-09 15:19:34, Error      [0x0f009e] SYSPRP SysprepSearchForUnattend: Failed while searching for unattend file; hr = 0x800705b9
2023-02-09 15:19:34, Error      [0x0f00a5] SYSPRP WinMain:Encountered error while searching for unattend file; hr = 0x800705b9
2023-02-09 16:27:17, Error      [0x0f0043] SYSPRP WinMain:The sysprep dialog box returned FALSE
2023-02-09 22:18:20, Error      [0x0f0043] SYSPRP WinMain:The sysprep dialog box returned FALSE
2023-02-09 22:21:22, Error                        [sysprep.exe] UnattendFindAnswerFile: Unable to deserialize explicitly provided unattend file [d:\folders.xml]; status = 0x800705b9, hrResult = 0x0.
2023-02-09 22:21:22, Error      [0x0f009e] SYSPRP SysprepSearchForUnattend: Failed while searching for unattend file; hr = 0x800705b9
2023-02-09 22:21:22, Error      [0x0f00a5] SYSPRP WinMain:Encountered error while searching for unattend file; hr = 0x800705b9
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error                 SYSPRP Package SpotifyAB.SpotifyMusic_1.204.912.0_x86__zpdnekdrzrea0 was installed for a user, but not provisioned for all users. This package will not function properly in the sysprep image.
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error                 SYSPRP Failed to remove apps for the current user: 0x80073cf2.
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error                 SYSPRP Exit code of RemoveAllApps thread was 0x3cf2.
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error                 SYSPRP ActionPlatform::LaunchModule: Failure occurred while executing 'SysprepGeneralizeValidate' from C:\Windows\System32\AppxSysprep.dll; dwRet = 0x3cf2
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error                 SYSPRP SysprepSession::Validate: Error in validating actions from C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\ActionFiles\Generalize.xml; dwRet = 0x3cf2
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error                 SYSPRP RunPlatformActions:Failed while validating Sysprep session actions; dwRet = 0x3cf2
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error      [0x0f0070] SYSPRP RunDlls:An error occurred while running registry sysprep DLLs, halting sysprep execution. dwRet = 0x3cf2
2023-02-10 12:49:49, Error      [0x0f00d8] SYSPRP WinMain:Hit failure while pre-validate sysprep generalize internal providers; hr = 0x80073cf2
2023-02-10 13:06:52, Error      [0x0f00a4] SYSPRP WinMain: Unable to parse command-line arguments to sysprep; GLE = 0x0



folders.xml
Code:
<xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"\>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <FolderLocations>
                <ProfilesDirectory>D:\Users</ProfilesDirectory>
            </FolderLocations>
        </component>
    </settings>
</unattend>
 

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