How to run sysprep more than 3 times


By default Windows only allows you to run sysprep on an image 3 times.  Then Microsoft’s solution is to re-install and start a new image.  Well what happens if you need to update your image or make a change without having to go through the hassle of making your image exactly what you want?  Follow these steps:

  1. Start > Run > regedit
  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus
    • Set the following DWORD values:
      • CleanupState: 0x00000002 (2)
      • GeneralizationState: 0x00000007 (7)
  3. Start > Run > msdtc -uninstall
  4. Start > Run > msdtc -install
  5. Restart your machine.

You should now be able to run sysprep! W00t!

– Harry Caskey

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