Windows 8 scripted installation with K2000
I'm starting my Windows 8 deployment experimentations and am off to a poor start. I've uploaded the Dell OEM Windows 8 media to my K2 and have created a simple scripted installation for Windows 8. The installation starts but fails right away with error "Windows cannot locate the disk and partition specified in the unattended answer files <ImageInstall> setting." I checked the answer file and that setting is set as "<InstallToAvailablePartition>true</InstallToAvailablePartition>". I am using the included "Create UEFI partitons" pre-task and have verfied the existance of the C drive. I don't understand why this install fails.
I'm new to Windows 8 but have plenty of experience with the K2000 and Windows XP/7 installs. Has anyone else created a Windows 8 scripted install and can provide some pointers?
The kbox does not support direct UEFI booting. You need to create UEFI boot stick and set your bios to UEFI mode on the target machine.
to create uefi boot
from the k2000: check create usb on and download
unzip to tech station
run the installer and choose fat/uefi
with the boot stick in your target machine, set the bios drive settings from legacy to uefi and you should be be to see the stick. boot it and deploy your uefi scripted install
Hy guys, i've modifed default CREATE UEFI PARTITIONS script down below:
select volume 1 instead previous "select disk 0"
Create partition efi size=200
Format quick fs=FAT32
Create partition msr size=128
Create partition primary
Format quick fs=NTFS
After that, I no longer had error "Windows cannot locate disk....... etc... ".
You first have to list you partitons to see which one is "main" for Windows... and select that volume for script to use it.
Edit: with "Apply UEFI partitions" task i got error that mid-installation task failed... BUT, windows 8 installation continued normally after restart... so when I read description of mentioned task it said that its used for "imaging", not for SI... so there you go guys, hope it helps...
Edit: work normaly without that "apply uefi partitions" task.