Configuring the Unattend file

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Configuring the Unattend file

 

The Unattend file is used when the PC boots up after SYSPREP and is created in the same way you created the AutoUnattend.xml file.

 

To start a new Answer file, select File - New Answer File

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, you need to add Components to your Answer file. Select the components from the Windows Image pane and then selecting at what point it should run in the Answer file.

 

Here are some basics you may want to include:

 

Component

Configuration Pass

Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP-UX_neutral

Specialize

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral

Specialize

Microsoft-Windows-UnattendJoin_neutral

Specialize

Microsoft-Windows-International-Core_neutral

oobeSystem

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\AutoLogon

oobeSystem

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\OOBE

oobeSystem

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\UserAccounts

oobeSystem

Expand the component list until you see the lowest setting listed above, and then add that setting to your answer file. This will add the setting and all parent settings to your answer file in one step.

 

Now you should see your selections appearing on the Answer File pane. You now need to configure each setting to your requirement. I have put in bold an example setting.

 

For more information on what each Value does, right click the Setting and select Help.

 

Component

Value

Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP-UX_neutral\SkipAutoActivation

False

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\ProductKey

Your Windows product key xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

Microsoft-Windows-UnattendJoin_neutral\Identification\JoinWorkgroup

MyWorkgroup

Microsoft-Windows-International-Core_neutral\InputLocale

en-GB

Microsoft-Windows-International-Core_neutral\SystemLocale

en-GB

Microsoft-Windows-International-Core_neutral\UILanguage

en-GB

Microsoft-Windows-International-Core_neutral\UserLocale

en-GB

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\TimeZone

Greenwich Standard Time

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\AutoLogon\Enabled

true

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\AutoLogon\LogonCount

8

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\AutoLogon\Username

Admin

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\AutoLogon\Password\Value

YourPassword (it will be encrypted)

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\OOBE\HideEULAPage

true

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\OOBE\NwetorkLocation

Work

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\OOBE\ProtectYourPC

3

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\UserAccounts\AdministratorPassword\Value

YourPassword (it will be encrypted)

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\UserAccounts\LocalAccounts\LocalAccount[Name="Admin"]\Action

AddListItem

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\UserAccounts\LocalAccounts\LocalAccount[Name="Admin"]\Description

Local Admin

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\UserAccounts\LocalAccounts\LocalAccount[Name="Admin"]\DisplayName

Admin

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\UserAccounts\LocalAccounts\LocalAccount[Name="Admin"]\Group

Administrators

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\UserAccounts\LocalAccounts\LocalAccount[Name="Admin"]\Name

Admin

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral\UserAccounts\LocalAccounts\LocalAccount[Name="Admin"]\Password\Value

YourPassword (it will be encrypted)

 

So, when your all setup, it should look a bit like this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we just need to Validate the settings by selecting Tools - Validate Answer File.

 

Any errors or warnings will appear in the Messages pane at the bottom of the screen. Errors should be resolved before finishing but warnings can sometimes be left in the anser file with no impact on the file working.

 

Now save the file by clicking File - Save Answer File As..... Browse to a location and save the file as Unattend.xml

 

Keep a copy of this file as you will use it in the clone. The Unattend.xml file needs to be copied to the C:\Windows\System32\sysprep folder for it to be run after SYSPREP.

 

 

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