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System Preparation Tool 2.0 will not go away

The above (System Preparation Tool 2.0) got downloaded on a perfect install of win xp plus SP 2 and I clicked on the word "Factory".  Now the pc does an annoying  "pre-installation" routine for new compuers at every start-up..  I got this tool from MS Downloads --inside something called WinXP DEployment Tools-enu.  The troublle is I can't find the app to uninstall it . Alot of my folders appear hidden.  They do not show up in aregular system search.  Please help me dispose of this accidental app that I hope doesn't force me to reinstall for the 3rd time in two weeks.  first time I messed up SP2, 2nd time I have this application that will not go away.  I cannot find it to MAKE it go away.  i AM VERY UPSET

Please help.

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Donnie616
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f-kingCommented:
hi
Try reseal and deactivate the do not reset the grace period for Windows product activation option
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arvaniusCommented:
Hi Donnie616

I guess that you use a cloning utility, like ghost, to duplicate your installation?

If you run Sysprep and choose factory and then create a image for duplication,
all new system that you clone with that image will start with a pre-installation wizard.

If this is the case, clone a pc, start it up and run the wizard, the create a new image,
computers installed from this new image will NOT start with the wizard.

You could also do a system restore to a restore point before you installed/used sysprep.

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f-kingCommented:
that should clear that sysprep startup problem
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arvaniusCommented:
About the hidden folders, if you copy the sysprep files to C:\Sysprep\ and run the program,
it will automatically remove the folder C:\Sysprep after the wizard is finished...
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Donnie616Author Commented:
System Restore continually gets shut off.  There are never any restore points., however yesterday I did do a restore to beyforethe point of the installation of sysrep.  IT DID NOT WORK!  Now I have two users with two different desktops, folders that are empty, installed programs that do not work, but they work in the wrong desktop, and the sysprep crap still pops up.  I do not use Ghost, by the way.  I just downloaded this advanced program and tried out a click on factory to see what it would do to a perfectly swell, old gateway machine.  What a huge mistake.  Will a Repair Install doit again or will I bring the same crap back?  Should I do a clean install?  Remember,  System Restore does not do the trick, if it is working.  Sys prep wiped out all the previuos restore spots.  

Thanks

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f-kingCommented:
did you try clicking on the resael option on the sysprep menu
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f-kingCommented:
Im afraid you might have to format and start again.
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Donnie616Author Commented:
There was no other choice this time "f-ing" machine was too shot out, so f-king had the only solution this time. Thanks all, for trying.

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