When you perform unattended installation of Windows 7 with SP1 and Internet Explorer 10 using MDT 2012 Update 1, you receive the following error message:

Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [C:\windows\Panther\unattend.xml] for pass [specialize]. A component or setting specified in the answer file does not exist.

Additionally, the following errors are logged in the %systemroot%\Panther\setupact.log

[setup.exe] SMI data results dump: Source = Name: Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer, Language: neutral, ProcessorArchitecture: x86, PublicKeyToken: 31bf3856ad364e35, VersionScope: nonSxS, /settings/IEWelcomeMsg

Error [setup.exe] SMI data results dump: Description = Setting is not defined in this component.

Error [0x060432] IBS The provided unattend file is not valid; hrResult = 0x80220001

Error [0x060565] IBS Callback_Unattend_InitEngine:The provided unattend file [C:\windows\Panther\unattend.xml] is not a valid unattended Setup answer file; hr = 0x1, hrSearched = 0x1, hrDeserialized = 0x0, hrImplicitCtx = 0x0, hrValidated = 0x1, hrResult = 0x80220001

Error [0x0600c2] IBS Callback_Unattend_InitEngine:An error occurred while finding/loading the unattend file; hr = 0x1, hrResult = 0x80220001[gle=0x00000490]

Info [0x0601d7] IBS InstallWindows:Error Type = 3211273


This issue occurs only in case you install Internet Explorer 10, IEWelcomeMsg settings is not defined.


To solve this problem, follow the below steps:

  1. Run Windows System Image Manager.
  2. Open Unattend.xml file from the following location:


  3. Right click on IEWelcomeMsg and delete this component:

  4. Save unattend file and Update deployment share.

Abduljalil Abolzahab.