Windows 8 stuck on 1st reboot...

  • Chris Bradshaw

    Chris Bradshaw - 2013-10-19


    I am not sure if this is a problem with wimlib or not, but we have a silent OS install system based on but modified to suit our needs. I have been integrating wimlib as the system for extracting install.wim on to the hard drive. It all works great for Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) and Server 2008R2 (64 bit), but not for Windows 8. The install.wim does appear to successfully extract onto the hard drive, but when I reboot the machine hangs on the initial black screen with blue window and underneath the little circles spin and and spin......and thats it.

    If I then reboot the machine from this state it DOES work....and it continues the initial config etc. as per unattend.xml etc.

    Like I said this might not be a problem with wimlib, but even if it isn't, perhaps someone reading this might have some idea what is wrong....

    I'll be posting something similar on unattended-gui's forums.

    Thanx in advance for any help.


  • synchronicity

    synchronicity - 2013-10-19


    I don't know what the problem is. I'd suggest applying the WIM using Microsoft's software to see if the behavior is any different, and also seeing if you can determine more specifically why Windows doesn't correctly boot the first try, perhaps by examining log messages.

  • Chris Bradshaw

    Chris Bradshaw - 2013-10-20


    Thanx for quick reply. I'm pretty sure if I use M$ software it will prob work. As for logs unfortunately it doesn't get far enough to generate any. There is nothing in the setupact.log or setuperr.log in c:\windows\panther or c:\windows\panther\unattendedGC directories.

    Unless there's somewhere else I can look for logs, it looks like I might for now just have to settle for rebooting the machine when this happens and letting it continue.

    Thanx again for your help.



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