I have a sysprepped Win 7 image running its post installs with a totally black screen with just the progress bar running through. Everything works fine, but I'm not sure why it's doing it on this particular image.

The reason I ask is because I have a post install task to copy down some VMs to the local machine. I have it prompt for credentials. I never see that prompt with the black screen. This same post install works as it should on scripted installs.

I do have resolution settings in my answer file, and I'm about to take this out to see if this is causing this.  I was curious if anyone else has ran into this while I sysprep again?

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Post installations work differently for scripted installs than for images. Try using the post install task converter, this could resolve the issue for you, http://www.itninja.com/question/k2000-postinstall-task-converter
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Post installations work differently for scripted installs than for images.  Try using the post install task converter, this could resolve the issue for you,

http://www.itninja.com/question/k2000-postinstall-task-converter

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Answered 05/23/2012 by: cserrins
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  • Thank you. I had seen this before, but had never really needed it. This worked though!
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I have definitely seen imaging sit on a black screen while it finishes post-install tasks for quite some time.  I actually only run images, but from what I keep hearing, the display behavior between this and scripted installs is quite different.  I actually had an engineer at KACE look at it with me, and we inserted a splash screen; I was concerned that my help desk techs and users would see a black screen for that long and assume the client had crashed even though imaging was happily processing in the background.

With resolution settings, I actually leave them be, as our graphics driver is updated by Windows Updates and sets itself to the optimal resolution automatically.  Your mileage may vary greatly.

Answered 05/21/2012 by: philologist
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  • I use the splash screen on other builds. This one is just one of those "special" images so I chose not to use it. I have some echo commands to let them know what's going on. Those are not showing either.
    I do have a powershell script that runs towards the end to prompt for credentials to join the domain. The prompt shows up, but the progress bar I created to go along with the task does not.
    It's not a huge deal if it doesn't work. I can just manually copy.
  • It certainly can't hurt to try removing the resolution settings. Otherwise, it almost sounds like your windows might be backgrounded behind the black screen or something else reasonably subtle.
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Taking out the screen res from my answer file did not solve the problem.

Answered 05/21/2012 by: dugullett
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  • Does the scripting language you are using have a way to force windows to the foreground to see if that might be the issue?
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