Unattend.XML, Windows 7 Deployments, and PC naming

You may experienced an error when installing Windows 7, “Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\Windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [specailize]. The answer file is invalid.”

There could be several reasons for this error and the best place to start looking is in the Windows Setup log file in C:\Windows\Panther. In this case, I found the following error in the setup log.

<ComputerName>MENDTVMware-50 0e 64 8d bd df 91 77-98 ee 3b a4 bb 58 7b b4</ComputerName>

Windows has a limit of 15 characters for the computer name. To resolve this issue, you may want to reconsider your PC naming convention strategy in your organization. 🙂


4 responses to “Unattend.XML, Windows 7 Deployments, and PC naming

  1. Hi,
    I face the same problem. But since the installation is not complete I’m not able to see the log. Please help me how to view the log

  2. I want to basically do the refresh PC from XP to Win 7. So ran the BDD_autorun.wsf (from XP) is the share folder is there any other way to deploy?

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