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An unattended installation of Windows Vista uses the Autounattend.xml file on the Windows Vista installation disc instead of the Autounattend.xml file on a USB flash drive
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You have two Autounattend.xml files (answer files) that can be used in an unattended installation of Windows Vista. One Autounattend.xml file is in the root directory of the Windows Vista installation disc. The other Autounattend.xml file is in the root directory of a USB flash drive. When you perform an unattended installation of Windows Vista, the installation uses the Autounattend.xml file on the Windows Vista installation disc instead of the Autounattend.xml file on the flash drive. You expect the installation to use the file on the flash drive according to the implicit order of the search paths.
This issue occurs because the GetFileAttributes function does not work correctly. An unattended installation of Windows Vista calls this function.
Service pack informationTo resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Vista. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935791/ )How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack
Hotfix informationA supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
PrerequisitesTo apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) or Windows OEM Preinstall Kit (Windows OPK) installed.
Restart requirementYou do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement informationThis hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
File informationThe English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Vista, 32-bit versions
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Hotfix installation informationTo apply this hotfix, follow these steps:
To work around this issue, copy the Autounattend.xml file from the USB flash drive to a floppy disk. Then, perform the unattended installation.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
For more information about the terms that are used to describe software updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ )Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
Article ID: 933495 - Last Review: October 8, 2011 - Revision: 5.0