Implementing the "Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 Single-Image Deployment Supplemental Guide" Process – Important Update

In my post on May 23rd, I described using this process with MDT 2008.  Since that post, another Microsoft Consultant (Barry Hartmann of MCS Federal, thanks Barry!) encountered an issue with this process if you have the .NET Framework installed in your Windows XP Professional image. The XP Pro to Tablet PC Edition conversion uses a rather unintelligent, brute force installation process to install .NET Framework 1.0 (which is required by some Tablet PC Edition components).  If a newer version of the .NET Framework is installed in your image, this process will downgrade shared files and registry values.  This essentially breaks the newer version of the .NET Framework. 

Barry encountered this problem when he tried to install Project 2003 on a machine deployed with the "single image" process that had the .NET Framework 3.5 installed in the original XP Pro image.  The Project installation fails with the .NET Framework in this state.

The one obvious solution (the one my customer has chosen) is to not include the .NET Framework in the XP Pro image.  My customer will be installing .NET Framework 3.5 as an operating system specific post deployment item in the SCCM Task Sequence.  The other thing that seems to correct this if the .NET Framework is in the image, according to Barry's testing, is to initiate a repair on the highest version of the core Framework installed (1.1 or 2.0) after the deployment/conversion process.

These blog posts referenced below contain the command lines you should be able to use to repair the .NET Framework 2.0 RTM and 2.0 SP1:

Finally, a few fixes were made to one of the scripts from the May 23rd post.  Barry discovered incorrect paths were written to files in certain SCCM deployment scenarios.  The attachment with that post has been updated with the newer version.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, confers no rights, and is not supported by the authors or Microsoft Corporation. Use of included script samples are subject to the terms specified in the Terms of Use.

This post was contributed by Michael Murgolo, a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Services - U.S. East Region. 

Comments (3)
  1. Anonymous says:

    this is a very simple fix…. just add 2 applications with no source files to MDT with the command lines that barry gave us then add them to an Application Bundle. Under Custom Tasks add an IF Condition and WMI query for any tablet models you have ( cant be that many.. and if so.. im sorry) if model is found it installs bundle and boom fixed.

  2. jim says:

    Thanks for the update.  Does this support SCCM or just MDT stand alone?



  3. Jason says:

    Hi Mike,

    Any guidelines for setting up support for this with SCCM/OSD?



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