Sysprep with Windows XP - Product ID doesn't run automatically


S

Steve Aschettino

I'm creating a master image for deployment using sysprep, and have run into
a problem... I've had setup manager create an answer file called sysprep.inf
and it seems to take all the settings EXCEPT the installation key... (which
is a pain, because I have to go track down the CD and key everytime I deploy
a system)... Anyhow, this is what the answer file looks like that Setup
Manager created: I'm open to any suggestions, Thanks! (I've noticed that
it doesn't have quotes around it--is that the issue?)


;SetupMgrTag
[Unattended]
OemSkipEula=Yes
InstallFilesPath=C:\sysprep\i386

[GuiUnattended]
AdminPassword=
EncryptedAdminPassword=NO
OEMSkipRegional=1
TimeZone=35
OemSkipWelcome=1

[UserData]
ProductKey=XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
FullName="Ghost Image"
OrgName="Company Name
ComputerName=CHANGEME

[TapiLocation]
CountryCode=1
Dialing=Tone
AreaCode=212

[SetupMgr]
DistFolder=C:\sysprep\i386
DistShare=windist

[Identification]
JoinWorkgroup=WORKGROUP

[Networking]
InstallDefaultComponents=Yes
 
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Carey Frisch [MVP]

Are you using Volume License (VL) media and Volume Licensing?

How to Use Sysprep with Windows Product Activation or Volume License Media to Deploy Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;299840&Product=winxp

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Steve Aschettino" (e-mail address removed) wrote in message:

| I'm creating a master image for deployment using sysprep, and have run into
| a problem... I've had setup manager create an answer file called sysprep.inf
| and it seems to take all the settings EXCEPT the installation key... (which
| is a pain, because I have to go track down the CD and key everytime I deploy
| a system)... Anyhow, this is what the answer file looks like that Setup
| Manager created: I'm open to any suggestions, Thanks! (I've noticed that
| it doesn't have quotes around it--is that the issue?)
|
|
| ;SetupMgrTag
| [Unattended]
| OemSkipEula=Yes
| InstallFilesPath=C:\sysprep\i386
|
| [GuiUnattended]
| AdminPassword=
| EncryptedAdminPassword=NO
| OEMSkipRegional=1
| TimeZone=35
| OemSkipWelcome=1
|
| [UserData]
| ProductKey=XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
| FullName="Ghost Image"
| OrgName="Company Name
| ComputerName=CHANGEME
|
| [TapiLocation]
| CountryCode=1
| Dialing=Tone
| AreaCode=212
|
| [SetupMgr]
| DistFolder=C:\sysprep\i386
| DistShare=windist
|
| [Identification]
| JoinWorkgroup=WORKGROUP
|
| [Networking]
| InstallDefaultComponents=Yes
 
S

Steve Aschettino

Yes, we have both. Currwently we have 1 volume license media and 10 CALs...
When we purchase more CALs (we are converting from Mac to PC), will we need
to do another image with a different license key, or will that 1 key work
for nlimited machines, and we just need to purchase the CALs?

Thanks
 
S

Steve Aschettino

According to this article, the only difference appears to be that the key is
in quotes? That sound correct? Is it a bug in setup manager that it
doesn't put quotes around it?




Steve Aschettino said:
Yes, we have both. Currwently we have 1 volume license media and 10 CALs...
When we purchase more CALs (we are converting from Mac to PC), will we need
to do another image with a different license key, or will that 1 key work
for nlimited machines, and we just need to purchase the CALs?

Thanks


Carey Frisch said:
Are you using Volume License (VL) media and Volume Licensing?

How to Use ysprep with Windows Product Activation or Volume License
Media
to Deploy Windows XPhttp://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;299840&Product=winxp
--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/

--------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------

"Steve Aschettino" (e-mail address removed) wrote in message:

| I'm creating a master image for deployment using sysprep, and have run into
| a problem... I've had setup manager create an answer file called sysprep.inf
| and it seems to take all the settings EXCEPT the installation key... (which
| is a pain, because I have to go track down the CD and key everytime I deploy
| a system)... Anyhow, this is what the answer file looks like that Setup
| Manager created: I'm open to any suggestions, Thanks! (I've noticed that
| it doesn't have quotes around it--is that the issue?)
|
|
| ;SetupMgrTag
| [Unattended]
| OemSkipEula=Yes
| InstallFilesPath=C:\sysprep\i386
|
| [GuiUnattended]
| AdminPassword=
| EncryptedAdminPassword=NO
| OEMSkipRegional=1
| TimeZone=35
| OemSkipWelcome=1
|
| [UserData]
| ProductKey=XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
| FullName="Ghost Image"
| OrgName="Company Name
| ComputerName=CHANGEME
|
| [TapiLocation]
| CountryCode=1
| Dialing=Tone
| AreaCode=212
|
| [SetupMgr]
| DistFolder=C:\sysprep\i386
| DistShare=windist
|
| [Identification]
| JoinWorkgroup=WORKGROUP
|
| [Networking]
| InstallDefaultComponents=Yes
 
S

Steve Aschettino

Carey,
Also, is there a way to have it 100% automate the install so that I don't
have to answer any questions after reboot?


thx

Steve Aschettino said:
According to this article, the only difference appears to be that the key is
in quotes? That sound correct? Is it a bug in setup manager that it
doesn't put quotes around it?




Steve Aschettino said:
Yes, we have both. Currwently we have 1 volume license media and 10 CALs...
When we purchase more CALs (we are converting from Mac to PC), will we need
to do another image with a different license key, or will that 1 key work
for nlimited machines, and we just need to purchase the CALs?

Thanks


Media
to Deploy Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;299840&Product=winxp
--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------

"Steve Aschettino" (e-mail address removed) wrote in message:

| I'm creating a master image for deployment using sysprep, and have
run
into
| a problem... I've had setup manager create an answer file called sysprep.inf
| and it seems to take all the settings EXCEPT the installation key... (which
| is a pain, because I have to go track down the CD and key everytime
I
deploy
| a system)... Anyhow, this is what the answer file looks like that Setup
| Manager created: I'm open to any suggestions, Thanks! (I've
noticed
that
| it doesn't have quotes around it--is that the issue?)
|
|
| ;SetupMgrTag
| [Unattended]
| OemSkipEula=Yes
| InstallFilesPath=C:\sysprep\i386
|
| [GuiUnattended]
| AdminPassword=
| EncryptedAdminPassword=NO
| OEMSkipRegional=1
| TimeZone=35
| OemSkipWelcome=1
|
| [UserData]
| ProductKey=XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
| FullName="Ghost Image"
| OrgName="Company Name
| ComputerName=CHANGEME
|
| [TapiLocation]
| CountryCode=1
| Dialing=Tone
| AreaCode=212
|
| [SetupMgr]
| DistFolder=C:\sysprep\i386
| DistShare=windist
|
| [Identification]
| JoinWorkgroup=WORKGROUP
|
| [Networking]
| InstallDefaultComponents=Yes
 
C

Carey Frisch [MVP]

Yes, the Product Key should be in quotes.

How to Use Sysprep for Auditing Installations
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/itpro/deploying/auditing.asp

Deploying Windows XP
http://labmice.techtarget.com/windowsxp/Install/deploy.htm

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


| Carey,
| Also, is there a way to have it 100% automate the install so that I don't
| have to answer any questions after reboot?
|
|
| thx
 
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habgeo

Hi Carey,

I am having a different problem. It seems that my sysprep.inf is beeing
ignored at startup. I made sure that the syntax of the sysprep.inf is
correct, put all the files in the c:\sysprep folder, but when I reboot
it keeps asking me all the questions again: Welcome screen, CD-Key,
EULA, even though I put the following syntax in the sysprep.inf:

;SetupMgrTag
[Unattended]
InstallFilesPath=C:\sysprep\i386

[GuiUnattended]
EncryptedAdminPassword=NO
OEMSkipRegional=1
OEMSkipWelcome = 1
OEMDuplicatorstring="Sysprep Test"
TimeZone=35

[UserData]
Productkey="XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX"
FullName="Test"
OrgName="Test"

[Display]
BitsPerPel=16
Xresolution=1024
YResolution=768
Vrefresh=70

[TapiLocation]
CountryCode=107
Dialing=Tone
AreaCode=514

[SetupMgr]
DistFolder=C:\sysprep\i386
DistShare=windist

[Identification]
JoinDomain=Test123

[Networking]
InstallDefaultComponents=Yes

[Unattended]
OemSkipEula = Yes


We are not using an OEM version, I don't know if there is anything
related to the prefix of the syntax "OEM" for example: OEMSkipWelcome =
1

Anyhow, event with all the files including the sysprep.inf file, when
sysprep runs at startup, you have to manually respond to all the
questions.

I tried -Activated which enables the "Don't reset grace period for
activation" option,
and I selected Reseal. The most annoying part is the CD-Key. When it
asks me for it during the sysprep setup, I enter it, and it's valid. So
I don't see why it wouldn't accept it from my sysprep.inf file that was
automatically generated by setupmgr.exe.

Thanks in advance
George
 
C

Carey Frisch [MVP]

How to use the Sysprep tool to automate successful deployment of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302577

How to Use Sysprep for Auditing Installations
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/auditing.mspx

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/default.aspx

----------------------------------------------------------------------------

"George" > wrote:


| Hi Carey,
|
| I am having a different problem. It seems that my sysprep.inf is beeing
| ignored at startup. I made sure that the syntax of the sysprep.inf is
| correct, put all the files in the c:\sysprep folder, but when I reboot
| it keeps asking me all the questions again: Welcome screen, CD-Key,
| EULA, even though I put the following syntax in the sysprep.inf:
|
| ;SetupMgrTag
| [Unattended]
| InstallFilesPath=C:\sysprep\i386
|
| [GuiUnattended]
| EncryptedAdminPassword=NO
| OEMSkipRegional=1
| OEMSkipWelcome = 1
| OEMDuplicatorstring="Sysprep Test"
| TimeZone=35
|
| [UserData]
| Productkey="XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX"
| FullName="Test"
| OrgName="Test"
|
| [Display]
| BitsPerPel=16
| Xresolution=1024
| YResolution=768
| Vrefresh=70
|
| [TapiLocation]
| CountryCode=107
| Dialing=Tone
| AreaCode=514
|
| [SetupMgr]
| DistFolder=C:\sysprep\i386
| DistShare=windist
|
| [Identification]
| JoinDomain=Test123
|
| [Networking]
| InstallDefaultComponents=Yes
|
| [Unattended]
| OemSkipEula = Yes
|
|
| We are not using an OEM version, I don't know if there is anything
| related to the prefix of the syntax "OEM" for example: OEMSkipWelcome =
| 1
|
| Anyhow, event with all the files including the sysprep.inf file, when
| sysprep runs at startup, you have to manually respond to all the
| questions.
|
| I tried -Activated which enables the "Don't reset grace period for
| activation" option,
| and I selected Reseal. The most annoying part is the CD-Key. When it
| asks me for it during the sysprep setup, I enter it, and it's valid. So
| I don't see why it wouldn't accept it from my sysprep.inf file that was
| automatically generated by setupmgr.exe.
|
| Thanks in advance
| George
|
|
| Carey Frisch [MVP] wrote:
| > Yes, the Product Key should be in quotes.
| >
| > How to Use Sysprep for Auditing Installations
| >
| http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/itpro/deploying/auditing.asp
|
| >
| > Deploying Windows XP
| > http://labmice.techtarget.com/windowsxp/Install/deploy.htm
| >
| > --
| > Carey Frisch
| > Microsoft MVP
| > Windows XP - Shell/User
| >
| > Be Smart! Protect your PC!
| > http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/
| >
| >
| -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| >
| > | >
| > | Carey,
| > | Also, is there a way to have it 100% automate the install so that I
| don't
| > | have to answer any questions after reboot?
| > |
| > |
| > | thx
|
 
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rp

Use Mini Setup & Reseal
Hi Carey,

I am having a different problem. It seems that my sysprep.inf is beeing
ignored at startup. I made sure that the syntax of the sysprep.inf is
correct, put all the files in the c:\sysprep folder, but when I reboot
it keeps asking me all the questions again: Welcome screen, CD-Key,
EULA, even though I put the following syntax in the sysprep.inf:

;SetupMgrTag
[Unattended]
InstallFilesPath=C:\sysprep\i386

[GuiUnattended]
EncryptedAdminPassword=NO
OEMSkipRegional=1
OEMSkipWelcome = 1
OEMDuplicatorstring="Sysprep Test"
TimeZone=35

[UserData]
Productkey="XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX"
FullName="Test"
OrgName="Test"

[Display]
BitsPerPel=16
Xresolution=1024
YResolution=768
Vrefresh=70

[TapiLocation]
CountryCode=107
Dialing=Tone
AreaCode=514

[SetupMgr]
DistFolder=C:\sysprep\i386
DistShare=windist

[Identification]
JoinDomain=Test123

[Networking]
InstallDefaultComponents=Yes

[Unattended]
OemSkipEula = Yes


We are not using an OEM version, I don't know if there is anything
related to the prefix of the syntax "OEM" for example: OEMSkipWelcome =
1

Anyhow, event with all the files including the sysprep.inf file, when
sysprep runs at startup, you have to manually respond to all the
questions.

I tried -Activated which enables the "Don't reset grace period for
activation" option,
and I selected Reseal. The most annoying part is the CD-Key. When it
asks me for it during the sysprep setup, I enter it, and it's valid. So
I don't see why it wouldn't accept it from my sysprep.inf file that was
automatically generated by setupmgr.exe.

Thanks in advance
George

Yes, the Product Key should be in quotes.

How to Use Sysprep for Auditing Installations
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/using/itpro/deploying/auditing.asp


Deploying Windows XP
http://labmice.techtarget.com/windowsxp/Install/deploy.htm

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


| Carey,
| Also, is there a way to have it 100% automate the install so that I don't
| have to answer any questions after reboot?
|
|
| thx
 

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