Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Windows could not apply the unattend answer file's

08 Nov 2009   #1

Vista x64
Windows could not apply the unattend answer file's

I am getting this error when I am install Windows 7:
Windows could not format a partition on disk 0 - error code 0x80004005 during a new install of Windows 7. I have tried both Home Premium x64 and Enterprise x64. Both falling into the same error:

I've removed all partition using gparted, and created a single primary partition, but I keep getting that error.

Here is what happens:
PC boots from it, then goes to this screen:
install_step4.jpg (image)

After that, it just starts copying files:
install_step10.jpg (image)

Which means it COMPLETELY skilled these steps:
install_step5.jpg (image)
install_step7.jpg (image)
install_step8.jpg (image)
install_step9.jpg (image)
Which means I can't select which disk or partition I want Windows 7 on.
After about 5 seconds, the error pops up:
Windows coupld not apply the unattend answer file's <DiskConfiguration> setting

Before I removed all partitions, I got this message during installation:
Windows could not format a partition on disk 0 - error code 0x80004005
I then reboot back onto gparted, and find that the installation has copied 100mb onto the single partition.
I've tried everything... I just tested installed XP, and that installed fine.
I've tried googling, but nothing has helped me thus far.

Can anybody help me?


My System SpecsSystem Spec

08 Nov 2009   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Welcome to Seven Forums.

What is the installation media?
Download ISO, burn to DVD?
USB key?

Upgrade or Full Retail version?

Are you choosing Upgrade or Custom when the install starts?

Did you mark the partition as Active?

You can try, delete the partition and install to the unallocated space.

Let us know how it's going.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Nov 2009   #3

Vista x64

It turns out I had to make the partition Active.

First I booted of the XP disc, then removed partitions, created a new one.
After the XP installer had formatted the partition, I manually shutdown the computer, then booted into Windows 7, and it actually let me pick what partitions to install it on!!

So then I found these guides:
Remove 100MB System Reserved Partition - installing Windows 7 - Persian Forums
Hack to Remove 100 MB System Reserved Partition When Installing Windows 7 My Digital Life

That taught me how to removed/add and make partitions active.

Thanks for replying Dave!
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Windows could not apply the unattend answer file's

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads for2: Windows could not apply the unattend answer file's
Thread Forum
Windows 7 Answer File Error Messages Performance & Maintenance
Windows cannot parse the unattend answer file's <DiskConfiguration>... Installation & Setup
Adding a Theme inside the unattend.xml file Themes and Styles

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:09 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33