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Hi,

I have read some of the posts on sysprep, but they don't seem to help me.  I have built an image on a Dell Lat 2110 and when sysprep runs after reboot, I get the error "Windows could not finish configuring this system.  To attempt to resume configuration, restart this computer."  The computer has Windows 7 Service pack 1, and Office 2010.  Could any of these have any affect on causing this issue.  It also has Eset Nod32 version 4 antivirus.

People talk about a sysprep log file, where is this file located and how can I get to it being unable to boot the system (I can pull the drive and look at it on another computer if need be, but is there another way)?

Very dang frustrating, because I have to start from scratch again!!

Thanks!!
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This is the article I started with.  http://theitbros.com/sysprep-a-windows-7-machine-%E2%80%93-start-to-finish

then becuase I had problems creating an unattend.xml I looked at this for creating a batch file that creates the xml and syspreps by it self.  http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_24871141.html   then look at the Comment by KTN-IT  just modify the batch file a bit and it seems to work everytime for me.

I have had the issue with the "could not finish configuring error"  most of the times I had troubles this batch file seemed to make it generic enough that it would work.
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Another thing this batch file does is copy the user profile.  So when you build your image make sure you go into audit mode and setup all that you want in there.  That is accomplished by pressing Shift+F3 when the username and pc name window pops up in the initial setup.  When in audit mode do not create another user as it will not be saved.  Audit mode is a special administrator mode.
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