Win Vista Sysprep error 50 in recovery command prompt


I am dealing with a desktop with hardware failed due to a mainboard issue. Replacement mainboards also have the same, known problem; so, I installed a new model mainboard and CPU. Of course, Vista won't boot into safe mode, and auto-repair is helpless.

I want to generalize the windows installation with SYSPREP; because, the system has an obscure legacy application for which we (for unknown reasons) no longer have install media. The only way I can get to a command line (that I know of) is through the system repair command line. I am able to access C:\ and execute its copy of SYSPREP. However, I encounter the following error:

2015-06-03 21:03:18, Error [0x0f0082] SYSPRP LaunchDll:Failure occurred while executing 'X:\Windows\System32\wevtapi.dll,EvtIntSysprepCleanup', returned error code 50[gle=0x00000032]

2015-06-03 21:03:18, Error [0x0f0070] SYSPRP RunExternalDlls:An error occurred while running registry sysprep DLLs, halting sysprep execution. dwRet = 50[gle=0x00000032]

2015-06-03 21:03:18, Error [0x0f00a8] SYSPRP WinMain:Hit failure while processing sysprep cleanup providers; hr = 0x80070032[gle=0x00000032]

I assume this happens because X:\ has the active operating system during recovery, and SYSPREP is trying to prepare the X: drive.

Is there any way to target the C: drive if recovery mode? I very much prefer to save us days of application installation and configuration, and the loss of the legacy application.

Thanks in advance for your help!

asked on Super User Jun 8, 2015 by Mike Christian

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