VCL 2.2 does use a unattend.xml for sysprep.  It is located at 

Are you imaging Win7 x64 or x86?  What version?  Enterprise, Pro, Ultimate, 
etc?  The key provided is for the Enterprise edition and would fail if you are 
trying to create a Win 7 Pro image.   Also the processorArchitecture must equal 
the architecture you are trying to image. 

This is the section that is apparently your issue:

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" 
publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" 
- <Display>
  <TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time</TimeZone> 

- Gerhard
Old Dominion University

-----Original Message-----
From: Alexander Patterson [] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 2:20 PM
Subject: Re: windows 7 sysprep???

Hello Patrick,

Windows 7 doesn't use sysprep. This is only used in Windows XP.

Check in your php table under Imagemeta for your Windows 7 image id # that your 
using that sysprep is set to 0 then give that a try.

For example

Your Image Id =6        
CheckUser =1
Subimage = 1    
Sysprep = 0     


On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM, James Patrick Sigmon <> 
> Hey Guys,
> I've run into a problem with captured windows 7 images.  They seem to capture 
> fine, but when you make a reservation for them they time out at the "ssh 
> step."  Looking at the console, I can see why.  There is a pop-up box that 
> reads:
> "Windows could not parse or process the unattended answer file for pass 
> [specialize].  The settings specified in the answer file cannot be applied.  
> The error was detected while processing settings for component 
> [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].
> I've been frantically searching for a generic answer to this, and it sounds 
> like to could be a sysprep issue, however, the image is a virtual machine.
> I'm still searching for solutions on my own, but I thought it would be best 
> to go ahead and post this issue as our pilot went live and I'm trying to 
> figure this out ASAP.
> Any help is much appreciated,
> -Patrick Sigmon

Alex  Patterson
User Support Services
Operating System Analyst
California State University, East Bay

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