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    Error deploying XP with WDS

    Hi,

    I've deployed windows 7 with no problems using WDS, however when trying to deploy XP I get the following error on restart:

    Disk read error occurred. press ctrl + alt + del to restart


    If anyone can help at all it would be great, thanks.

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    Are you deploying your XP images to the same hardware as they were captured on?

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    Yeah it's the same hardware.

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    If you have your unattended answer file for WDS, and the sysprep.inf file in your XP image to both handle partition and formatting this can happen. If WDS is setup to do this, then remove these lines from your sysprep.inf file in XP:

    Code:
    [Data]
        AutoPartition=1
        MsDosInitiated=0
        UnattendedInstall=Yes
    
    [Unattended]
        ExtendOemPartition=1
        FileSystem=ConvertNTFS
        Repartition=Yes

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    I've just had my first go at deploying an XP image via WDS and had the same problem. Unfortunately taking out those lines (I only had the [Data] group) stopped the process dead, with claims that the empty 40GB drive didn't have enough space for a 22GB image.

    I've been able to fix the non-booting machines by using an XP disc and the fixboot and fixmbr commands in recovery mode, but this is obviously a bit of a pain.

    In my case, a single-partition image was going on to a machine with 2 partitions and I have experimented with the following procedure, which has had partial success (around 70% - whether it's coincidence, I don't know):

    When asked which disk you want to install the image on, go "Advanced" and delete all existing partitions, then create a new one. Install to that new single partition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    I've just had my first go at deploying an XP image via WDS and had the same problem. Unfortunately taking out those lines (I only had the [Data] group) stopped the process dead, with claims that the empty 40GB drive didn't have enough space for a 22GB image.

    I've been able to fix the non-booting machines by using an XP disc and the fixboot and fixmbr commands in recovery mode, but this is obviously a bit of a pain.

    In my case, a single-partition image was going on to a machine with 2 partitions and I have experimented with the following procedure, which has had partial success (around 70% - whether it's coincidence, I don't know):

    When asked which disk you want to install the image on, go "Advanced" and delete all existing partitions, then create a new one. Install to that new single partition.
    Sorry, I should have thought about this part too. Put this into your unattended XML for WDS, along with the changes to the WinXP sysprep.inf.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
    <DiskConfiguration>
    <WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
    <Disk wcm:action="add">
    <CreatePartitions>
    <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
    <Order>1</Order>
    <Type>Primary</Type>
    <Extend>true</Extend>
    </CreatePartition>
    </CreatePartitions>
    <ModifyPartitions>
    <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
    <Active>true</Active>
    <Format>NTFS</Format>
    <Label>Local Disk</Label>
    <Letter>C</Letter>
    <Order>1</Order>
    <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
    </ModifyPartition>
    </ModifyPartitions>
    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
    <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
    </Disk>
    </DiskConfiguration>
    <WindowsDeploymentServices>
    <ImageSelection>
    <WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
    <InstallTo>
    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
    <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
    </InstallTo>
    </ImageSelection>
    </WindowsDeploymentServices>
    </component>
    </settings>
    </unattend>

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