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Error message when you perform an unattended installation of Windows Server 2008: "Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [drive:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [oobeSystem]"

SYMPTOMS
When you perform an unattended installation of Windows Server 2008, you receive the following error message:
Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [drive:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [oobeSystem]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].
Additionally, the following entry is logged in the %systemroot%\Panther\Unattendgc\Setupact.log file:
[Shell Unattend] Running 'oobeSystem' passDateTime, Info [Shell Unattend] WindowsFeatures: Launched '"C:\Windows\system32\ie4uinit.exe" -show' DateTime, Info [Shell Unattend] WindowsFeatures: Launched '"C:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail.exe" OCInstallHideOE' DateTime, Info [Shell Unattend] WindowsFeatures: Launched 'C:\Windows\system32\unregmp2.exe /ShowWMP /SetShowState' DateTime, Error [Shell Unattend] WindowsFeatures: Failed to read show/hide command value 'SOFTWARE\Clients\Media\Windows Media Center\InstallInfo' 'HideIconsCommand' (0x80070002) DateTime, Info [Shell Unattend] Exiting 'oobeSystem' pass with status 0x80070002DateTime, Info [oobeldr.exe] [Action Queue] : process exit code = 4DateTime, Error [oobeldr.exe] [Action Queue] : Unattend action failed with exit code 4 DateTime, Info [oobeldr.exe] [Action Queue] : ProcessActionQueue finish (hr = 0x1f2000)DateTime, Error [oobeldr.exe] Execution of unattend GCs failed; hr = 0x0; pResults->hrResult = 0x8030000bDateTime, Info [oobeldr.exe] Successfully completed RunSMIPass for oobeSystem.DateTime, Info [oobeldr.exe] No reboot has been requested for oobeSystem unattend.DateTime, Error [oobeldr.exe] User input error was detected in unattend file. Error: [0x0]DateTime, Info IBS UnattendErrorFromResults: Hit an unattend error; dumping any info we have about the failure...DateTime, Info IBS UnattendDumpSetting: ------Unattend setting error / warning------DateTime, Info IBS UnattendDumpSetting: Error code = 0x8030000bDateTime, Info IBS UnattendDumpSetting: Pass = oobeSystemDateTime, Info IBS UnattendDumpSetting: Component name = [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup]DateTime, Info IBS UnattendDumpSetting: --------------------------------------------DateTime, Info IBS UnattendErrorFromResults: Error text = Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [oobeSystem]. The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for component [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].
CAUSE
This problem occurs because you have set a value for the ShowMediaCenter option in the Unattend.xml file.

Notes
  • The ShowMediaCenter option is in the "Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" subsection of the Unattend.xml file. The "Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" subsection is in the "Windows Features" section.
  • This issue can also occur if you specify these settings in an Unattend.xml file, and you are trying to install one of the following operating systems:
    • Windows Vista Enterprise
    • Windows Vista Business
    • Windows Vista Home Basic
    • Windows Vista Starter
RESOLUTION
To resolve this problem, do not set any value for the ShowMediaCenter option, and then restart the unattended installation.
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Article ID: 947303 - Last Review: 01/22/2008 18:51:46 - Revision: 1.3

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Datacenter, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Starter

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