Windows 8 Autounattend.xml

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by vascorama, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. vascorama

    vascorama MDL Novice

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    Hello everyone, i´ve been all weekend trying to do this using several methods, but with no avail...
    I downloaded a AIO windows 8 DVD, and all i wanted was some minor changes, here´s my Autounattend.xml:

    pastebin.com/jpetaFnn

    I tried adding the .xml to the root of the install dvd, not working...tried adding it to boot.wim, not working...tried adding it to install.wim and still not working...

    What am i missing here?
    Do i have to instruct somwhere so that file gets picked up during installation?

    Your help will be much appreciated since this is almos driving me nuts.


    ps: tried Oracle VM, Vmware and install to a real pc.
     
  2. vascorama

    vascorama MDL Novice

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    #3 vascorama, Oct 28, 2012
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    Here is the log:

    pastebin.com/VXgu3VE9

    I can see there once or twice the file appears to be found by setup, but anything i put in the file simply has no effect once setup ends... :(


    I thought just adding the file to the dvd root would be enough, seems not.
    Any help?
     
  3. 100

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    #4 100, Oct 28, 2012
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    The issue is probably that WinPE doesn't use the unattend file because there aren't any settings in it that apply to the "windowsPE" setup pass:
    Code:
    [setup.exe] UnattendSearchExplicitPath: [E:\autounattend.xml] does not meet criteria to be used for this unattend pass.
    Doesn't look like the later passes are looking for another unattend file, so you might need to add the "windowsPE" pass to the settings in the answer file, then WinPE should copy the file to the hard drive to be available for the later passes.
     
  4. vascorama

    vascorama MDL Novice

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    I´ll give it a try.
    Many thanks!
     
  5. vascorama

    vascorama MDL Novice

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    Many, many thanks!
    One weekend of hard work and headaches solved in minutes :spoton:
     
  6. bicyclechris

    bicyclechris MDL Novice

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    is will help some of you out.
    I created an autounattend tutorial for Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64 bit with WAIK and OSCDIMG.
    Try it out with Windows 8.
    The only thing I would do differently is to not use copype.cmd to retrieve the etfsboot.com file
    from WAIK.
    You can find it within your flat copy of Windows 8 in the /boot folder.

    Since I am new to the forum I can't post my video.

    So go to my channel which is youtube.com/bicyclechris and the video is on the main page.
     
  7. bicyclechris

    bicyclechris MDL Novice

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    #8 bicyclechris, Dec 4, 2012
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