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Unattended install still prompts for computer name


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Just wondering if anyone else has run into this as well. Ive placed a name in the "computer name" section of the nlite setup (unattended), but during install of windows xp I still get prompted to enter a name, the name i typed is there but it stops the entire process untill I click ok. This is the only problem that is holding me up from having a fully unattended install of windows xp. Below is the winnt.sif settings that nlite generated. Any ideas would help greatly. Thanks

; Generated by nLite 1.4.9.1

[Data]

AutomaticUpdates="No"

Autopartition=0

MsDosInitiated=0

UnattendedInstall="Yes"

[unattended]

UnattendMode=DefaultHide

UnattendSwitch="Yes"

OemPreinstall="Yes"

OemSkipEula="Yes"

FileSystem=*

WaitForReboot="No"

NoWaitAfterTextMode=1

NoWaitAfterGUIMode=1

DriverSigningPolicy=Ignore

NonDriverSigningPolicy=Ignore

Hibernation="No"

[Display]

Xresolution=1024

Yresolution=768

[systemRestore]

DisableSR=1

CreateFirstRunRp=0

[GuiUnattended]

EncryptedAdminPassword="No"

AutoLogon="Yes"

TimeZone=035

OEMSkipRegional=1

OemSkipWelcome=1

[Components]

[userData]

ProductKey="hidden"

ComputerName=COMPUTER

FullName="new user"

OrgName="ACS"

[RegionalSettings]

LanguageGroup=1

Language= "0409"

[Networking]

InstallDefaultComponents="Yes"

[WindowsFirewall]

Profiles=WindowsFirewall.TurnOffFirewall

[WindowsFirewall.TurnOffFirewall]

Mode=0

[identification]

JoinWorkgroup="WORKGROUP"

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in the unattended section in nlite on user administrator

there must be "User must have password" checked an uncheck it :-)

p.s : never copy lasstession.ini on board just simply attach it..... :)

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You must specify an Administrator password, ifaieta. That is your only problem.

Actually, donpham, when used in the ComputerName field in the [userData] section of WinNT.sif, the asterisk ( * ) will create a random name based on the FullName field in that same section. The user will not be prompted to enter a computer name if information is provided in the answer file for all other fields on that page. For example, if we specify the following in WinNT.sif:

[UserData]
ComputerName=*
FullName="Tester"
OrgName=""

[GuiUnattended]
AdminPassword=*
EncryptedAdminPassword="No"

...then the resulting computer name will be "Tester-xxxxxxxx", where xxxxxxxx is a random hexadecimal number. The user will not see the computer name page at all. Using the previously given data in my WinNT.sif, I get the following name in one VM of mine: "Tester-947b822b". The name you receive will differ.

It is conceivable that if FullName is left blank you may be prompted for both FullName and ComputerName, but I have not tested that scenario.

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I've run into this problem before even without an unattended installation.

Your problem seems to be the exact same as mine was:

XP doesn't accept the name "COMPUTER" for your computer. It also doesn't accept the name "ADMINISTRATOR" for the Administrator.

The workaround is simple: Put a zero where the "O" in COMPUTER is and violá it now works. Do the same with the word ADMINISTRATOR if you choose that as a name.

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