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Windows Server 2016 Sysprep AFTER applying image

Hey all. I have this 900GB Macrium Reflect backup image that i forgot to do a Sysprep on before backing the image up and therefore i am unable to boot into windows without it giving me a BSOD no matter if i choose to do Safe mode, Last known good configuration, normal, debug mode, etc..

Is it possible to use sysprep in this stage? I've already tried going into command mode under advanced options and navigating to d:\windows\system32\sysprep and doing

sysprep.exe /generalize /reboot /oobe

But that does not seem to do anything. No error but nothing pops up or has anything in the box saying its working. I'm currently working with an HP Elitedesk 800 G2 model for this image. The image was taken from a Dell Optiplex 9020.

So i hope someone more knowable than me can let me know if there is another way around this in order to boot my backup on this different type of computer.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Not any way to do what you want that I can think of. Stare has specific rub conditions. I don't recommend sysprepping backups anyways. They serve different purposes. System should really only be done when building a clean gold image using VL media, and is ideally automated. Keep in mind that restoring to different hardware is usually not legal with OEM licenses.
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8046586Commented:
You might be missing the storage drivers. Try with Acronis Through image bootable disk with Universal Restore tool. You can install additional drivers before windows boots. It might be working with server platform (I never try servers  before)
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StealthrtAuthor Commented:
That's how i placed the backup on the current Elitedesk pc. Its on there but will never boot into windows. I used a HDD in the optiplex while this is using an NVMe M.2 1tb drive.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Sysprep has specific run conditions. Darn mobile phone autocorrect.
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8046586Commented:
Sysprep can be useful before you take the backup in order to create the image, I don't see how it will fix the problem if you are miffing the storage driver because that is most important for windows to start.
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