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Microsoft KB Archive/171355

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International Windows NT Unattended Installation Stops On Time Zone

Article ID: 171355

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171355


If you perform an unattended installation with an international version of Windows NT, the installation may stop.

This occurs during the GUI portion of setup, when setup reached the time zone screen. This happens with or without a TimeZone entry in the Unattend.txt file. If you have a TimeZone entry in the unattend.txt file, installation will stop no matter which TimeZone string you use in the unattend.txt file.


The Time Zone strings in the Spanish version use Spanish characters not available in the English version.


The following steps must be done in the Spanish version of Windows NT. Opening the Unattend.txt file in the English version converts the characters from Spanish to English.

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys And Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it.

  1. Start Registry Editor (regedit.exe, not regedt32) to search for "GMT".
  2. From the Edit menu, click Find, and then type GMT.
  3. Find the time zone you want to specify in your Unattend.txt file.
  4. Copy the text string.
  5. Paste it into the Unattend.txt file under the appropriate heading.
  6. Use the corrected Unattend.txt file for your installation.

Additional query words: unattend timezone Spanish localized

Keywords: kbbug kbsetup KB171355