I have an image of a Server 2008 R2 system which has been Sysprepped and was shutdown prior to its first boot. Now, it would seem I screwed the XML file up as it fails halfway through the Serialize section when booted. (To be clear, it fails on the boot after taking the image)

What I'm wondering is, can I alter the Unattend.xml file at this stage using my ability to directly manipulate the saved image?

If so, do I edit the original (In the sysprep directory) or is it transferred elsewhere?


The unattend.xml file may be in either of:

  • C:\Windows\Panther\
  • C:\Windows\Panther\unattend\

inside the image.

  • Thanks Chris - it's directly in C:\Windows\Pather on mine. I will try editing this and see if I can affect the result of the bootup – Dan Apr 2 '12 at 18:57
  • Worked a treat - yes, you can edit the unattend.xml file in this location after running Sysprep! – Dan Apr 3 '12 at 13:58

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