Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 – Error when deploying Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 using WDS

While using my Windows Deployment Service running on Windows Server 2012 to deploy new Windows releases (Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, I had errors when deploying Windows images using WDS, with or without answers file.

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Windows could not apply unattended settings during pass [offlineServicing]

After validating the WIM image by installing both version by booting on the DVD to confirm the image is not corrupted, I though this may be related to the boot image used to start the OS deployment; so I updated the boot image used on WDS by the one from the ISO file and… it works Smile

So, if you plan to deploy Windows 8.1 and/or Windows Server 2012 R2 using WDS, update your boot image.

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