SysPrep Error Registry could not be updated.

I am trying to make company images and After I deploy them I am getting the error,

An error has been encountered that prevents setup from contining.
Windows is unable to start because the registry could not be updated. to
address the problem contact your manufacturer. windows must shut down now

Here is a short list of my process

Install OS
Update OS
Copy Sysprep Folder
Install Applications
Make custom settings
Run Disk Cleanup
Disk Defrag
Clear Event Log
Create Image of System Before Sysprep incase it does not run properly
Run Sysprep start sysprep -reseal -mini
amendez2Asked:
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sliiconmanCommented:
Check out this link. I assume its SP2 but want to ask.  Check the swicth too

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/818171
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sliiconmanCommented:
oh and another thing.. Make sure you have the current SysPrep too
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amendez2Author Commented:
I installed from an XP SP2 CD and copied the sysprep from that CD so I assume that the Sysprep is up to date. I will download the newest one from MS and re try.
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sliiconmanCommented:
As the article states I believe the paths below are your issue. Maybe deleting the contents of the user folder will do it

CAUSE
This problem may occur if Sysprep cannot decrypt the keys that are located in the following folders:
"      %systemroot%\System32\Microsoft\Protect\S-1-5-18
"      %systemroot%\System32\Microsoft\Protect\S-1-5-18\User
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amendez2Author Commented:
I tried that and received the same error I am re-installing and going to try again, Could the windows updates be causing this?

I run all the updates before I do a sysprep?
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sliiconmanCommented:
Yeah I usually run all the updates. That is the only article I founf and I had that problem once.. That article solved it..
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amendez2Author Commented:
No Luck, re-installed OS, went through the normal steps of install and syprep, deleted the S-1-5-18 Folder and ran the Imagex tool for Windows Deployment, then when restoring to another box, I got the error any ideas, this is with using the newest sysprep off MS Site.
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amendez2Author Commented:
I took an image before I ran SysPrep, and that image restores succesful and I am able to load it up on a new system, however without running sysprep we run into issues with SIDS, and so on.

Is there something that needs to be done during sysprep to prevent this?
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amendez2Author Commented:
I have tried several times, I have re-installed the OS, ran sys prep through the GUI and Command line. Deleted the %systemroot%\System32\Microsoft\Protect\S-1-5-18 folder through GUI and Command line.

When I take an image before I run SysPrep I can Restore it with no problems. When I run SysPrep and take an image I get that error, is there any switch or alternate way of running this that will prevent this error.
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amendez2Author Commented:
I found the solution, All this troubleshooting and I found it to be simple. Make sure that the system you are deploying the image to is a formated HD.
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amendez2Author Commented:
The Problem was that the system I was deploying the image to had an install of XP already. I had to format the drive before deploying the image, I thought that the imaging software would take care of that.
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sliiconmanCommented:
Yes the imaging software shuold take care of that.  How many partitions did you have?
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amendez2Author Commented:
Just one main XP Partition. This occurred on many systems, and when I format the C Drive they work. I am using Imagex by MS and the same image to deploy out to the systems.
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sliiconmanCommented:
That does not make sense to me .  Imaging software should remove the data and replace with its own. Do you have a link to the software? I cannot find Imagex,
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amendez2Author Commented:
It is Microsoft's Deployment Tools, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/desktopdeployment/
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