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Missing [SysprepMassStorage] section causes a "Stop error code 0x0000007B (INACCESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE)" error message on Windows XP Sysprep images

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This article was previously published under Q303786
When you start Windows XP Setup after you copy an image to a new target computer, you may receive the following error message:
STOP 0x0000007B
This problem can occur if the Sysprep.inf file (the Sysprep answer file) that was used on the master computer (before the image was created) was missing the [SysprepMassStorage] section.
When you use the [Sysprep] section with the "BuildMassStorageSection=yes" parameter in the Sysprep.inf file, you should ensure that the [SysprepMassStorage] section is present in conjunction with the[Sysprep] section.

The [Sysprep] section automatically generates the entries in the [SysprepMassStorage] section, and without this section, required mass storage devices cannot be loaded, and a STOP 0x7B error message is generated.
For more information, see the Support\\Deploy.chm and Ref.chm files in the Windows XP Professional CD-ROM.
For more information about the supported parameters in the Sysprep.inf file for Windows XP, please see the following article:
302577 How to Use Sysprep.exe to Automate Windows XP Deployment

Article ID: 303786 - Last Review: 02/27/2012 21:56:00 - Revision: 2.0

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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