When you use the Sysprep (System Preparation) tool to create Windows XP images, the following are some of the limitations that apply:

  • Sysprep can only be run on an installation that resides in the c: partition.
  • Sysprep does not support creating images of computers that have multiple partitions.
  • You SHOULD NOT use an OEM installation as the basis for a image that will be installed on different hardware. You may have problems with licensing and/or activation. Use volume licensing media.
  • Only image a clean install, NOT an upgrade.

NOTE: See HAL options after Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 Setup.

NOTE: When using Sysprep to image a server, you cannot image a domain controller, or any server running the Certificate Services service or the Cluster service.

NOTE: See 'An error has been encountered that prevents Setup from continuing' error message when Sysprep Mini Wizard runs.