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Sysprep is killing me

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Sysprep is killing me

wescrock
So... I'm, now for the fourth time, trying to make an image of a laptop here. Every time so far, when I use sysprep then i create the image, after I restart the computer, I get an error that ways "The system is not fully installed. Please run setup again." I have no idea what the problem is because I have used Sysprep many times, and this is the only computer that it seems to be happening on.

PLEASE HELP!!! (I really need to get the boss off my back...)
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    Agent_

    This error is common on systems using windows xp pro sp2 along with Media player 11
    If this is what you have installed I would uninstall MP11 before using sysprep

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    monkeyrhodri

    This worked a treat. You deserve a medal! Even though we could have done with knowing this 3 days ago!

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    Sferrero

    I was getting the same problem on some new Dell dimensions running XP Pro SP2.

    Removing Windows Media Player 11 worked for me as well. It is definitely a Media Player 11 issue. Why is this not documented by Microsoft!?

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    Agent_

    You could use the image still if you have winternals erd or any other windows pe live cd that allows you to uninstall mp11 and its updates .. just remember when using erd use the option to remove the mp11 update at the next windows startup

    Cheers **burp**

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    devangx5

    Hi

    Thanks for your solution of uninstalling Windows Media Player 11 and it's components. It worked for me. Absolutely wonderful. Wonder why Microsoft doesn't have any KB article for this.

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    spockroc

    I was having the same issue.
    I went to Microsoft and they did not have anything about Windows Media Player 11 breaking the ability to properly Sysprep a PC. They did have another article with several convulted steps to fix it.

    I removed Windows MEdia Player 11 and it worked like a charm. I was pissed!
    Microsoft *#&%'s it up again!!
    Thanks to you guys I am working again!

    YEAH!!!

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    dundorez

    Actually the real issue here isn't Media 11. Try this: Leave Media Player 11 on the image. Re-image a new machine and run sysprep. This time make sure when you run sysprep that the use mini-setup option is checked. This way you don't get the error and you can leave Media Player 11 on the image. The real issue here is that an update from Microsoft removes that option when sysprep is ran. Simply check and all is okay in the world.

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    devangx5

    I was using the mini-setup option before I came across the solution of un-installing Media Player 11. I have tried re-imaging at least 7-8 times without success. All this times I used mini-setup with combinations of Factory/Reseal options in Sysprep. No go. And when I un-installed MP11, perfect.

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    stephenlyn

    You WILL have the same problem with media player 11 even if you do it this way.

    BTW when I create an image I always create an unsealed version just to be sure, to be sure, to be sure.

    cheers

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    bill.tkach

    How did you create an unsealed image? If I run sysprep I have to select Factory or Sealed as my options. If I don't do Sealed, I can't upload the image to my WDS server. It won't detect my C: drive as an image-able drive.

    So how did you do it?

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    bill.tkach

    If you rerun mini-setup, it redetects all the drivers, and takes much longer to run the install.

    For some reason the Media Player 11 does something that screws up the setup.

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    robinthepope

    This is my first time cloning a pc, I am getting the same massage as above. however when i try to repair windows i am told it can can not find any hard drives. I have checked the bios and everything is in order. anyone know why?

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    scott.markee

    You can not sysprep a computer with media player 11 on it. I am sure this is the problem you are having as i have seen this error before

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    wescrock

    I have gotten past this issue long ago... all you need to really do is make sure you are using the newest version of sysprep.

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    icbm

    Not to doubt you, but where would you get a newer version of sysprep? The OPK from Microsoft seems to have the newest version.

    For WinXP Home and after much more research on this problem I've discovered that WMP11 is the cause of the trouble. When you're updating Windows before sysprep, just don't install WMP11.

    Some have reported that after sysprep has been run one time sucessfully that WMP11 doesn't cause the same problem (I haven't tested that yet).

    To prevent this error in the future, general rule of thumb is to make an image of the drive before you run sysprep. That way if any problems arise you can restore the image and troubleshoot from there (which is a lot faster than starting OPK from scratch).

    Also, some have said that if you're using WinXP Pro you can use run sysprep -mini -pnp -reseal -activate.

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    the_epoch

    Sysprep DOES work with Windows Media Player 11.

    I have imaged many PCs with WMP11 installed and all other windows updates without a problem. And I have also experienced the problem, but that was always through my own doing of not using the mini setup.

    Please make sure when using Sysprep that if you choose the Re-Seal option that you check the "use mini-setup" box.

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    devangx5

    Hi

    Thanks for your solution of uninstalling Windows Media Player 11 and it's components. It worked for me. Absolutely wonderful. Wonder why Microsoft doesn't have any KB article for this.

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    dundorez

    Actually the real issue here isn't Media 11. Try this: Leave Media Player 11 on the image. Re-image a new machine and run sysprep. This time make sure when you run sysprep that the use mini-setup option is checked. This way you don't get the error and you can leave Media Player 11 on the image. The real issue here is that an update from Microsoft removes that option when sysprep is ran. Simply check and all is okay in the world.

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    scott.markee

    You can not sysprep a computer with media player 11 on it. I am sure this is the problem you are having as i have seen this error before

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    the_epoch

    Sysprep DOES work with Windows Media Player 11.

    I have imaged many PCs with WMP11 installed and all other windows updates without a problem. And I have also experienced the problem, but that was always through my own doing of not using the mini setup.

    Please make sure when using Sysprep that if you choose the Re-Seal option that you check the "use mini-setup" box.

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    Agent_

    This error is common on systems using windows xp pro sp2 along with Media player 11
    If this is what you have installed I would uninstall MP11 before using sysprep

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    monkeyrhodri

    This worked a treat. You deserve a medal! Even though we could have done with knowing this 3 days ago!

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    Sferrero

    I was getting the same problem on some new Dell dimensions running XP Pro SP2.

    Removing Windows Media Player 11 worked for me as well. It is definitely a Media Player 11 issue. Why is this not documented by Microsoft!?

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    Agent_

    You could use the image still if you have winternals erd or any other windows pe live cd that allows you to uninstall mp11 and its updates .. just remember when using erd use the option to remove the mp11 update at the next windows startup

    Cheers **burp**

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    devangx5

    Hi

    Thanks for your solution of uninstalling Windows Media Player 11 and it's components. It worked for me. Absolutely wonderful. Wonder why Microsoft doesn't have any KB article for this.

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    spockroc

    I was having the same issue.
    I went to Microsoft and they did not have anything about Windows Media Player 11 breaking the ability to properly Sysprep a PC. They did have another article with several convulted steps to fix it.

    I removed Windows MEdia Player 11 and it worked like a charm. I was pissed!
    Microsoft *#&%'s it up again!!
    Thanks to you guys I am working again!

    YEAH!!!

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    dundorez

    Actually the real issue here isn't Media 11. Try this: Leave Media Player 11 on the image. Re-image a new machine and run sysprep. This time make sure when you run sysprep that the use mini-setup option is checked. This way you don't get the error and you can leave Media Player 11 on the image. The real issue here is that an update from Microsoft removes that option when sysprep is ran. Simply check and all is okay in the world.

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    devangx5

    I was using the mini-setup option before I came across the solution of un-installing Media Player 11. I have tried re-imaging at least 7-8 times without success. All this times I used mini-setup with combinations of Factory/Reseal options in Sysprep. No go. And when I un-installed MP11, perfect.

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    stephenlyn

    You WILL have the same problem with media player 11 even if you do it this way.

    BTW when I create an image I always create an unsealed version just to be sure, to be sure, to be sure.

    cheers

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    bill.tkach

    How did you create an unsealed image? If I run sysprep I have to select Factory or Sealed as my options. If I don't do Sealed, I can't upload the image to my WDS server. It won't detect my C: drive as an image-able drive.

    So how did you do it?

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    bill.tkach

    If you rerun mini-setup, it redetects all the drivers, and takes much longer to run the install.

    For some reason the Media Player 11 does something that screws up the setup.

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    robinthepope

    This is my first time cloning a pc, I am getting the same massage as above. however when i try to repair windows i am told it can can not find any hard drives. I have checked the bios and everything is in order. anyone know why?

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    scott.markee

    You can not sysprep a computer with media player 11 on it. I am sure this is the problem you are having as i have seen this error before

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    wescrock

    I have gotten past this issue long ago... all you need to really do is make sure you are using the newest version of sysprep.

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    icbm

    Not to doubt you, but where would you get a newer version of sysprep? The OPK from Microsoft seems to have the newest version.

    For WinXP Home and after much more research on this problem I've discovered that WMP11 is the cause of the trouble. When you're updating Windows before sysprep, just don't install WMP11.

    Some have reported that after sysprep has been run one time sucessfully that WMP11 doesn't cause the same problem (I haven't tested that yet).

    To prevent this error in the future, general rule of thumb is to make an image of the drive before you run sysprep. That way if any problems arise you can restore the image and troubleshoot from there (which is a lot faster than starting OPK from scratch).

    Also, some have said that if you're using WinXP Pro you can use run sysprep -mini -pnp -reseal -activate.

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    the_epoch

    Sysprep DOES work with Windows Media Player 11.

    I have imaged many PCs with WMP11 installed and all other windows updates without a problem. And I have also experienced the problem, but that was always through my own doing of not using the mini setup.

    Please make sure when using Sysprep that if you choose the Re-Seal option that you check the "use mini-setup" box.

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    devangx5

    Hi

    Thanks for your solution of uninstalling Windows Media Player 11 and it's components. It worked for me. Absolutely wonderful. Wonder why Microsoft doesn't have any KB article for this.

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    dundorez

    Actually the real issue here isn't Media 11. Try this: Leave Media Player 11 on the image. Re-image a new machine and run sysprep. This time make sure when you run sysprep that the use mini-setup option is checked. This way you don't get the error and you can leave Media Player 11 on the image. The real issue here is that an update from Microsoft removes that option when sysprep is ran. Simply check and all is okay in the world.

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    scott.markee

    You can not sysprep a computer with media player 11 on it. I am sure this is the problem you are having as i have seen this error before

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    the_epoch

    Sysprep DOES work with Windows Media Player 11.

    I have imaged many PCs with WMP11 installed and all other windows updates without a problem. And I have also experienced the problem, but that was always through my own doing of not using the mini setup.

    Please make sure when using Sysprep that if you choose the Re-Seal option that you check the "use mini-setup" box.