How do I bypass the sysprep error in Windows 7 when migrating to new hardware?

Anonymous May 3, 2014

I tried doing sysprep as suggested in your article about moving a hard drive with Windows 7 How To Make Sure Windows 7 Will Boot After Changing The Motherboard How many times have you installed copies of Windows on a computer following a major hardware change? A case in point is probably Windows XP – although flexible, popular and easy to use, the operating... Read More to new hardware.

After few seconds after posting, I am getting an error message from System Preparation Tool 3.14:

“a fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine”

Any suggestions, please?

  1. Christian C
    May 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    This can happen following a few scenarios:

    1. the machine has been sysprepped several times already (see
    2. rearm process fails (as per Hovsep A's link

    You should also check this Technet forum thread: if you're using W7 Pro

  2. Hovsep A
    May 3, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    An error message occurs when you run "Sysprep /generalize" in Windows Vista or Windows 7: "A fatal error occurred while trying to Sysprep the machine"