Fatal error when trying to sysprep a machine

Weather you are using SCCM or another imagining method sysprep is almost always used when you capture an image. When you are using a old image you may run into an issue where the system has already reached its maximum amount of syspreps. In most cases I would recommend that you start from scratch and build a brand new image file, However rebuilding isn't always an option but fear not there is a way to reset your sysprep count on the image you are trying to capture.










1. Open regedit and navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus
Change GeneralizationState to 7
You also want to check that  CleanupState is set to 2

2. In regedit navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatfor
Change SkipRearm to 1

3. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\sysprep now rename the Panther folder to Panther.OLD. you can delete this folder but I would not recommend it.

4. Reboot your system check the registry keys from steps 1 and 2 and make sure they did not change back. Then retry sysprep or rerun the sccm capture media. 

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