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Any of the following symptoms may occur:
This problem occurs because the help text for the Unattend.txt file incorrectly lists the syntax for how to add Favorites and Links. In addition, unattended upgrade installations to Microsoft Windows XP from Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) with Microsoft Internet Explorer branding in an Unattend.txt file will be branded over by the default .ins file when a user logs on. Branding is not applied at all for unattended upgrade installations to Microsoft Windows XP from Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or Microsoft Windows 2000 with Microsoft Internet Explorer branding in an Unattend.txt file.
To resolve this problem, use the appropriate method:
Method 1If you have already deployed Windows XP through a clean installation or upgrade, or if you are upgrading a previous Microsoft operating system, you can use one of the following methods:
Method 2If Windows XP has not yet been deployed, and you are performing a clean installation and not an upgrade, use the following text in your Unattend.txt file to ensure that the default Favorites and Links are branded to Internet Explorer:
[URL] Quick_Link_1_Name = "Customize Links.url" Quick_Link_1 = "http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&pver=6&ar=CLinks" Quick_Link_2_Name = "Free Hotmail.url" Quick_Link_2 = "http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&ar=hotmail" Quick_Link_3_Name = "Windows.url" Quick_Link_3 = "http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&ar=windows" Quick_Link_4_Name = "Windows Media.url" Quick_Link_4 = "http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&ar=windowsmedia" [FavoritesEx] Title1="MSN.com.url" URL1="http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&pver=6&ar=IStart" Title2="Radio Station Guide.url" URL2="http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=windows&sbp=mediaplayer&plcid=&pver=6.1&os=&over=&olcid=&clcid=&ar=Media&sba=RadioBar&o1=&o2=&o3=" Title3 = "" Url3 = "http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&pver=6&ar=favextra" [Branding] BrandIEUsingUnattended = Yes
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
It is important to note that the Help text for the Unattend.txt is incorrect. All values must be enclosed in quotation marks (for example, the string would look like "test"), and if Favorites and Links are not present, these folders will be empty (Home Page, Search, Support URLs will be the default). Also note that only Favorites, Links, Important URLs, and Proxy settings can be customized in the Unattend.txt file. If you want to customize Internet Explorer further (for example, Title bar, icons, user agent string, or policy and restrictions), you must use the IEM or IEAK 6. An autoconfiguration script (.ins) file that you create with the IEAK can be specified in the Windows Setup Manager when creating or modifying the files that control an unattended Setup of Windows XP.
Article ID: 305604 - Last Review: January 16, 2006 - Revision: 3.2