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    Sysprep XP-SP3

    Right, trying to create a new XP sysprep image. Have installed XP SP2 from VLK disk and updated to sp3 via windows update.

    I have the sp3 version of sysprep (5.1.2600.5512) and run sysprep -activated -mini -reseal -shutdown.

    If i redeploy the image to the same machine it will not ask for activation, but if i deploy it to any identically specced machine i am required to reactivate with a message "hardware has significantly changed".

    I thought the point of -activated was to not require reactivation.

    Anybody got any ideas.

    Tia
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    I thought VLK didn't need activation. The chances are it will be something to do with SP3 changing the license settings or something.

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    VLKs are suseptible to the activation thing, i've had mine do it before, only once mind you but it has done it. Maybe try re-making the image again and try again?

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    If you're using a VLK, remove the -activated option. As already mentioned, you don't need to activate corporate versions of Windows XP. You'd only need to activate if you ever visited Windows Update, but then again, you should be using WSUS within a domain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    If you're using a VLK, remove the -activated option. As already mentioned, you don't need to activate corporate versions of Windows XP. You'd only need to activate if you ever visited Windows Update, but then again, you should be using WSUS within a domain.
    Ahar, that'll be the cause of it then. Updated to sp3 via windows update. Swines!

    I downloaded sp3 integrated from technet today. We'll give that a try next week.

    Cheers for the recommendations.

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    I was going to mention also, using a slipstreamed version of Windows XP SP3 is much better than installing a service pack on top. Once you've installed XP with SP3, you only need to download, IE7, MP11,.NET Framework and that's it.

    If you include all these components in your image it'll save you having to deploy them afterwards. Best advice is include everything in the image, it makes a lot of sense if you think about it

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