Microsoft has released a hotfix for SCCM 2012 R2 to allow you to deploy Windows 8.1 to a Windows XP computer. The deployment fails and the SMSTS.log file reports the following:

Installing boot image to hard drive TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)
Backing up existing boot system before trying to set up new boot system TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)
BootLoader::backup: C:\, C:\_SMSTaskSequence\backup TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)
BootLoader::restore: C:\_SMSTaskSequence\WinPE, C:\ TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)
Saving bcd store to C:\_SMSTaskSequence\WinPE\boot\BCD TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)
Executing command line: “C:\_SMSTaskSequence\WinPE\SMS\bin\i386\bootsect.exe” /NT60 SYS /MBR TSManagerdatetime 3048 (0x0BE8)
CreateProcess failed. Code(0x800700C1) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)
Command line execution failed (800700C1) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)
Failed to install boot image.
is not a valid Win32 application. (Error: 800700C1; Source: Windows) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)
Failed to install boot image CCR00004.
is not a valid Win32 application. (Error: 800700C1; Source: Windows) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)
Failed to reboot the system. Error 0x(800700c1) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)
Failed to initialize a system reboot.
is not a valid Win32 application. (Error: 800700C1; Source: Windows) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8)
Fatal error is returned in check for reboot request of the action (Restart in Windows PE).
is not a valid Win32 application. (Error: 800700C1; Source: Windows) TSManager datetime 3048 (0x0BE8).

Install the hotfix and update the relevant boot images to your DP’s.

Hotfix available here

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