"Setup is updating registry settings..." on every boot


  • Hello,


    we recently made a clone of a server. After performing sysprep we received an error that the process has failed.

    After a reboot it seemed that sysprep was performed correctly, the server got a new SSID.


    By checking the C:\Windows\System32\sysprep\panther\setuperr.log we have seen that the rearm has failed since the rearm count was at 0. That was no problem for us as we immediately activated it.


    2012-08-30 17:32:22, Error                        [shsetup] CleanupAdministratorPassword: NetUserSetInfo(1003) failed (0x800708c5) [gle=0x000003e5] 2012-08-31 09:14:27, Error                        [shsetup] CleanupAdministratorPassword: NetUserSetInfo(1003) failed (0x800708c5) [gle=0x000003e5] 2014-01-21 15:44:59, Error                        [shsetup] CleanupAdministratorPassword: NetUserSetInfo(1003) failed (0x800708c5) [gle=0x000003e5] 2014-01-21 15:46:21, Error      [0x0f0082] SYSPRP LaunchDll:Failure occurred while executing 'C:\Windows\System32\slc.dll,SLReArmWindows', returned error code -1073425657 2014-01-21 15:46:21, Error      [0x0f0070] SYSPRP RunExternalDlls:An error occurred while running registry sysprep DLLs, halting sysprep execution. dwRet = -1073425657 2014-01-21 15:46:21, Error      [0x0f00a8] SYSPRP WinMain:Hit failure while processing sysprep generalize internal providers; hr = 0xc004d307


    Now the server is working fine. But one strange thing is still happening:

    On every reboot the server is displaying a black screen with the text "Setup is updating registry settings...".

    It takes about 1-2 minutes and the server boots normally.


    Did anybody else have this issue before?



    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 8:13 AM


  • Hi,

    This error may occur if the Windows Software Licensing Rearm program has run more than three times in a single Windows image. 

    Try the following KB:

    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"

    It provides solution and workaround for you.

    Hope this helps.

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:13 AM

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