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Rookie mistake. I forgot to load the latest version of Office and now I've ran out of sysprep count. How can I reset teh count without having to start from scratch ?
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by:Dan Craciun
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Here's an article for that: http://www.system-center.me/miscellaneous/sysprep-your-windows-os-for-more-then-3-times/

Basically change <SkipRearm> and a couple of registry keys and you're good.

HTH,
Dan
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by:Bianchi928
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I have tried the slmgr -rearm and it comes up with an error

The maximum number of re-arms has been exceeded. YOu must re-install the OS before trying to re-arm again
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by:Dan Craciun
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Yes, and as the article was saying, use this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929828
to skip rearming.
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by:Bianchi928
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That's where I'm a bit lost. The link talks about Vista & Windows 7 . I need some extra help with this XML file . How to get it and what to do with it ?

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by:Dan Craciun
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Sorry, I did not see you're on Windows XP.

You're sure it's activation limit you hit? Cause I don't remember running into this issue with XP, regardless how many times I sysprep'd.

And slmgr is not available on XP, AFAIK...
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by:Bianchi928
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Oops, sorry. I'm on Windows 7. Can you be more specific about the unattended.xml file..I'm a bit lost with that. I've already checked the Registry and did the msdtc -uninstall & install and rebooted
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OK. Set the following key to 1:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform\SkipRearm

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Or, search for unattend.xml (or autounattend.xml) and add this:
<settings pass="generalize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <SkipRearm>1</SkipRearm>
        </component>
    </settings>

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The first option is faster...
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by:Bianchi928
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I want to use the first option and I can't find this key..do I have to create one. What's teh full name cuz I can't scroll through..is it SoftwareProtectionPlat ?

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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\SoftwareProtectionPlatform\SkipRearm

If you had used a virtual machine then you wouldn't be having this problem..  Before you sysprep just take a snapshot.
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by:Bianchi928
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I can see this SoftwareProtectionPlatform\SkipRearm. Do I have to create one ?

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by:Bianchi928
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Can = Can't
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by:Bianchi928
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Okay I can't find it under HKEY_Current_user. What do i do ?
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by:Bianchi928
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Sorry. Okay ..found it. I will skiprearm to 1 and see how it goes.
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by:Bianchi928
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Ok, I've changed the skiprearm registry key to 1 and rebooted and did the slmgr /dlv and the count is 0.

please help.

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