When trying to deploy a Windows XP OS, the deployment fails and the PC receives a blue screen or goes into a reboot loop cycle

Having carefully prepared my task sequence to deploy Windows XP with SP3 I paced up and down anxiously awaiting the results of my hard work.  The image deploys and the computer finally restarts.  And restarts, and restarts, and restarts…you get the idea.

If you press F8 on the reboot you end up with the Blue Screen of Death.  The blue screen will have the following error message:

Stop: 0x000000ED (0X81F85678, 0xC000014F,0x00000000,0x00000000)
Unmountable_boot_volume

Oh dear.

After much searching, I found the following Microsoft KB article which explains the whys and several solutions.  The solution I chose  after reading it was to use the suggested registry hack.  I planned on adding this to my existing deployment task sequence  as for me, this was going to offer the most flexibility.

Here’s how I did it:

In your task sequence, add four ‘Run Command Line’ entries between the ‘Restart in Windows PE‘ and ‘Partition Disk‘ entries then simply modify the Run Command line entries to look like my examples below:

 

Step 1. 

Copy and paste this into the 1st Command Line box:

REG ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\VDS\ALIGNMENT /v LessThan4GB /t
 REG_DWORD /d 00000000 /f

 

Step 2.

Copy and paste this into the 2nd Command Line box:

REG ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\VDS\ALIGNMENT /v Between4_8GB /t 
REG_DWORD /d 00000000 /f

 

Step 3.

Copy and paste this into the 3rd Command Line box:

REG ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\VDS\ALIGNMENT /v Between8_32GB /t 
REG_DWORD /d 00000000 /f

 

Step 4.

Copy and paste this into the 4th Command Line box:

REG ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\VDS\ALIGNMENT /v GreaterThan32GB /t 
REG_DWORD /d 00000000 /f

That’s all there is to it.

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