unfortunately you have reached your grace period and you will not be able to sysprep again. gotta love Microsoft on that one. I ran into that as well. What I did to remedy the problem for the future is:
Redid my source image (make sure you are in audit mode when creating your image)
Make all your changes to exactly how you want but do not sysprep the image, instead create an image at that point or a snapshot if you are using VM.
once you have your "non-syspreped" image. then you can go head and sysprep it and create another image, your "syspreped image."
Deploy the syspreped imaged.
If you need to make changes, go back to your source image ("non-syspreped") and make your changes, create a backup again before you sysprep and repeat the cycle.
This way you never have to worry about grace period because you will always be on your first rearm.
I went and did some research because at the time I had this issue, Windows 7 was just new and that was the workaround to get by, but since then I have read that there may be two additional fixes that could help out before trying to rebuild the image.
One fix was to stop "Windows Media Player Network Sharing" from running which on some cases was causing that fatal error in sysprep.
Another fix was changing the registry key on the Rearm to a "1" before running your sysprep. The key is here:
I havn't tried this, but just did some research on others with similiar issues and maybe this could help out or someoone in the future looking for this.
Cheers, I've already tried both of those, and still get the same problem. I think MS probably closed that hole.
I've managed to get the image I had working on my new hardware, just means the image is not as up to date as I'd like it to be, but it buys me some time to create the new image thankfully.
I'm going to attempt to do a new image with VMware, this way I can just make copies of the VM Discs before they get generalised by landesk and do it that way I think.
Thanks for your help thou.
well crap, i was hoping to catch you before you started, but that sucks. I do my imaging in VM and from my experience vs doing it on physical hardware, VM is much easier route on making changes and keeping everything organized. I setup a small ESXi box (which is free) and have all my gold images managed in there.