Win7 Sysprep Woes : returned error code -1073425657
Where I am with our win7 testing and deployment:
1. Win7 policies written and test PC locked down and desktop redirected etc.
2. Test PC installed with all app and tested and those broke - fixed!
3. Following this technet artice to create an image: Building a Standard Image of Windows 7: Step-by-Step Guide
I get as far as the part titled : "Generalize the Image"
Sysprep begins to run then BAM : A fatal error occurred while trying to Sysprep the machine"
A bit of searching found this article by MS:
An error message occurs when you run "Sysprep /generalize" in Windows Vista or Windows 7: "A fatal error occurred while trying to Sysprep the machine"
It lists the cause of my error as:
"This error may occur if the Windows Software Licensing Rearm program has run more than three times in a single Windows image"
I am confused....has it run more than 3 times? Did I run it without knowing it? Does the PC run this itself and indeed over the course of the 3 days it's taken me to build the PC it's run in the background?
It lists the solution to my problem as:
To resolve this issue, you must rebuild the Windows image
What does this mean? Surely it does nt mean start again and re-install win7 from scratch and all our apps again?
It does say there is a workaround which is:
To work around this issue, use the <SkipRearm> setting in an XML answer file (Unattend.xml) to skip the Rearm process when you build the Windows image.
It then goes on to say:
You must make sure that the <SkipRearm> setting is removed from the final unattended file that is used to deploy computers in a production environment. If <SkipRearm> is not removed from the unattended file that is used to deploy computers in a production environment, the KMS current client count does not increase for new clients that are added to the network.
What does that mean?
This is the final unattended XML that I am using is nt it? It's going to be captured by the imagex.exe process - or is there some way to edit the unattend.xml with the Rearm part - run sysprep - capture the image - and then replace the unattend.xml file with one with the rearm part taken out.