Sysprep and Windows Activation


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I tried to run sysprep before making an image of an XPsp2 Professional box.
I received an error and was unable to run sysprep. At microsoft, I found a
newer version of sysprep for use w/XPsp1 (5.1.2600.1106)

I ran this through the run command, not the command line

First, I got the normal sysprep warning box, with a header that said Sysprep
Tool 2.0 on it.

Next, a gray dialogue box came up with the following choices on it (there
was no way around it, had to choose to be able to run the utility)

1) To skip Windows Welcome or Mini-setup & configure the installation as
scripted in winbom.ini, click Factory

2) To reboot this computer & manually test the install, click Audit
(available only in factory mode)

3) To prepare for end user, click Reseal

I clicked 3) Reseal and for options, the only thing I checked was to use
Mini-setup.

Sysprep proceeded to run and shut the PC down as normal. I then made my
image. When I pushed the image down onto a fresh PC, after mini-setup ran,
there was a balloon regarding 30 days to run Windows Activation. Since we
have volume licensing, this is not something that should be coming up on
these systems at all, as far as I understand. I must have re-enabled Windows
Activation by clicking that 3rd option in sysprep.

What can I do to fix my image at this point? If I need to start over, fine,
but I need to know which of the other 2 options in sysprep I should choose. I
also saw that there IS an updated version of sysprep to use w/sp2, but I
don't want to complicate my original problem further.

TIA, lostagain
 
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Carey Frisch [MVP]

How to Use Sysprep with Windows Product Activation or Volume License Media to Deploy Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;299840&Product=winxp

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Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/default.aspx

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|
| I tried to run sysprep before making an image of an XPsp2 Professional box.
| I received an error and was unable to run sysprep. At microsoft, I found a
| newer version of sysprep for use w/XPsp1 (5.1.2600.1106)
|
| I ran this through the run command, not the command line
|
| First, I got the normal sysprep warning box, with a header that said Sysprep
| Tool 2.0 on it.
|
| Next, a gray dialogue box came up with the following choices on it (there
| was no way around it, had to choose to be able to run the utility)
|
| 1) To skip Windows Welcome or Mini-setup & configure the installation as
| scripted in winbom.ini, click Factory
|
| 2) To reboot this computer & manually test the install, click Audit
| (available only in factory mode)
|
| 3) To prepare for end user, click Reseal
|
| I clicked 3) Reseal and for options, the only thing I checked was to use
| Mini-setup.
|
| Sysprep proceeded to run and shut the PC down as normal. I then made my
| image. When I pushed the image down onto a fresh PC, after mini-setup ran,
| there was a balloon regarding 30 days to run Windows Activation. Since we
| have volume licensing, this is not something that should be coming up on
| these systems at all, as far as I understand. I must have re-enabled Windows
| Activation by clicking that 3rd option in sysprep.
|
| What can I do to fix my image at this point? If I need to start over, fine,
| but I need to know which of the other 2 options in sysprep I should choose. I
| also saw that there IS an updated version of sysprep to use w/sp2, but I
| don't want to complicate my original problem further.
|
| TIA, lostagain
 
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Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

Hello,
Hmm it doesn't sound like volume media.
You should never get the 30 day activation pop-ups when using volume media.
Runing sysprep shouldn't make any difference.
Right-click on my computer, choose properties.
There is a 20 digit number
xxxxx-xxx-xxxxxxx-xxxxx
What is shown for the three digits?
Thanks,
Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

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