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Windows 7: Sysprep with Unattented File

21 Mar 2017   #1

Windows 7 PRO 64 Bit
Sysprep with Unattented File

Hello guy
I'm trying to create a custom Image in order to Install Windows 7 Pro fastly. I have Captured the Image but when i Try to Install i receive the Following below and i don't undestand where i made mistake:

..Windows Could not parse or Process unattend answer file for pass (Specialized)......

I have used an answered file to sysprep the system but not during the installation. I started from a clone of a previous installation and after i have restored the clone i run sysprep in audit mode, i have delete the user created in the previous installation and i started to customize the system with the Following Step:
  • I Have Personalized Desktop with Desktop Wallpaper and the Wallpaper for the Logon Window
  • I have added some link on Desktop and Installed/Updated some Software and the Antivirus
  • Then i have Rebooted the system in audit mode again

In Order to copy the Customization to the Default User i have created the Following Unattended File myprofile.xml(below)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="specialize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="" xmlns:xsi="">
    <settings pass="generalize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="" xmlns:xsi="">
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog:c:/win7usb3/sources/install_windows 7 professional.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
I have also Configured the registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\Sysprep\Settings\sppnp set PersistAllDeviceInstalls to 1 in order to mantain all drivers. Then i run the following comand:

sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:E:/myprofile.xml

Then i have Captured the Image with dism but when i tried to install that image i receive the error ..Windows Could not parse or Process unattend answer file for pass (Specialized)......

I also tried to restart the system where previously i ran sysprep and i would have expected to perform oobe setup from windows Installation but i receive the same error..
I saw that if i sysprep the system without unattend file i don't receive any error....where i'm wrong, The problem could be that i didn't started from a clean installation?

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