Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fixing a rogue Windows 7 Out of Box Experience (OOBE)

I just finished reinstalling Windows 7 OEM on a PC. The result was that the installation failed to work correctly, leaving me in a "reboot loop," because my hardware vendor included the wrong device driver for my keyboard on the installation medium.

The solution?

  1. Press SHIFT-F10 after the error box to open up a "cmd" prompt.
  2. Execute regedit.exe
  3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup
  4. Delete value for CmdLine
  5. Change value to zero for OOBEInProgress, RestartSetup, SetupPhase, and SetupType.

I later had to enable the Administrator account (see previous blog post).

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