Windows 10: Windows unattended setup failed - 'specified image file does not exist'.

Discus and support Windows unattended setup failed - 'specified image file does not exist'. in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I am trying to do an unattended install of Windows 10 Professional using an answer XML file I created. I'm booting off a USB, and receiving the error:... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Kai Longmore, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. Windows unattended setup failed - 'specified image file does not exist'.


    I am trying to do an unattended install of Windows 10 Professional using an answer XML file I created. I'm booting off a USB, and receiving the error:

    Windows could not collect information for [DataImage1] because the specified image file [\sources\MyImageFile.wim] does not exist.

    This is my XML for reference: https://pastebin.com/PuDJ5998


    I'm using ImgBurn to create my ISO (from boot, efi, sources, support, etc), and Rufus to create a bootable USB drive from this ISO.

    I have confirmed that the .wim file is where I've specified it on the USB, and I have tried using /, \, and removing the first slash before 'sources' in the XML 'InstallFrom' option.

    Any thoughts on what my issue would be?

    Regards,
    Kai

    :)
     
    Kai Longmore, Jun 11, 2019
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  2. Kari Win User

    Problem with Windows 10 unattended answer file?



    Windows unattended setup failed - 'specified image file does not exist'. [​IMG]


    Hej Ken. Din svarfil antyder att du är också en Finlandsvensk. Välkommen till Ten Forums!



    Windows unattended setup failed - 'specified image file does not exist'. [​IMG]


    Hi Ken. Your answer file suggests that you are a fellow Finland Swede. Welcome to Ten Forums!


    That error is because there's no generic product key or MAK key in your answer file. It is obligatory in autounattend.xml answer file, the one that takes care of first phase of Windows setup, partitioning and installing.

    Please see step 3.9 in following tutorial for how to add key in answer file: Create media for automated unattended install of Windows 10
     
  3. Windows 10 Upgrade fails - unattend answer file error

    I have tried upgrading to Windows 10 several times with no luck.

    During the second phase of the installation of Windows 10, features and settings, just after the first reboot an error pops up.

    The error:

    Windows could not parse the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]. The settings specified in the answer cannot be applied. The error was detected while processing settings for component [MS_Windows_Shell_Setup].

    ===

    Once the error message is acknowledged, the previous version of Windows is restored (in my case Windows 8.1).

    After the restore the following error appears once I have logged onto Windows.

    The error:

    0xC1900101 - 0x30018

    Installation failed in the FIRST_BOOT phase with an error during SYSPREP operation.

    ===

    As many have suggested, I have removed my second IDE drive before starting the upgrade. I have unplugged all USB connections, removed antivirus, and updated all drivers.

    Suggestions welcome.
     
    TerryJarnagin, Jun 11, 2019
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  4. SkyNet3 Win User

    Windows unattended setup failed - 'specified image file does not exist'.

    Windows 10 XML file generator for unattended setup


    Anyone ran across a Windows 10 XML file generator for unattended setup? That Works!!!*Biggrin
     
    SkyNet3, Jun 11, 2019
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