Problem:

Fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine

Solution:

This error shows that sysprep was run multiple times on the machine, please open a command prompt, type:slmgr /dlv to view how many times of remaining Windows Activation count. Generally speaking, to sysprep the image on a single computer for multiple times, you need to configure the

Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP |SkipRearm to 1 in the unattend.xml file. I am assuming whether you configure the Microsoft-Windows-Security-Licensing-SLC |SkipRearm to 1 instead of SPP, the SLC setting is deprecated and should not be used.

As a work around of this problem, please type: regedit in the Start Search box to open Registry Editor, set the value ofGeneralizationState under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus to7, then run sysprep again. If the same issue still persists, please unistall the MSDTC and Reinstall it, then try the sysprep.

To uninstall MSDTC :- msdtc -uninstall

To reinstall MSDTC :- msdtc -install

Links:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itproinstall/thread/425bd101-8a87-488c-b2e2-9f2f8113a0d9 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929828

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