Monday, August 22, 2011

Sysprep - Fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine

Well, it has finally caught up to me. Failed to set skiprearm=1 and now I have a machine that I can't sysprep.

Using a combination of info from

http://www.blogsolute.com/reset-rearm-windows-7-indefinitely-crack-unlimited-forever/6379/
http://blogen.creed-tech.net/miscellaneous/sysprep-your-windows-os-for-more-then-3-times/

I managed to get it to a point where it would sysprep. But then it died a horrible death. As I think I forgot to set the admin password back to something known. (Because Windows had locked out the account earlier).  So I got the sysprep could not process the specialize phase and an infinite reboot loop. :-(

But if I had set the admin password I think things might have worked.  Back to rebuilding the image. :-(

Also try setting the cleanup to 2 and generalize state to 7.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

AutoDesk bloat

AutoDesk products can leave up to 150MB of data in your user profile.  Can delete the following in the users profile when prepping a template for profile copy:

\appdata\local\AutoDesk
\appdata\roaming\AutoDesk
\MyDocuments\<any Autodesk product folder>

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Installing Visio 2007 Pro

Discovered that it needs be installed from disc media.  So CD or DVD.  Tried copying it to the hard drive and got “Setup cannot find Office.en-us\pss10r.chm. Browse to a valid installation source, and then click ok”.