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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When the mini-Setup wizard (that is scripted through the Sysprep.exe tool) runs, the volume license product ID appears for approximately 5 seconds.
To resolve this problem, obtain Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows XP Service Pack 1a.
NoteYou must do your initial installation of the operating system before you run Sysprep from a Windows XP Service Pack 1-integrated installation source. Installing the service pack alone will not prevent the volume license product ID from being displayed. For additional information about how to obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to Obtain the Latest Windows XP Service Pack
For information about how to preinstall, customize, and deploy the service pack, obtain the Deploy.cab file, which is a compressed file that contains a collection of tools and is located in the \Support\Tools folder on the SP1 CD. For information about the deployment tools, see the Help file "Microsoft Windows Corporate Deployment Tools User's Guide" (Deploy.chm), which is included in Deploy.cab.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows XP Service Pack 1.
In order to resolve this issue you must do your intial install of your sysprep image from a Windows XP SP1 integrated installation share. You cannot just apply Windows XP Service Pack 1 to the image prior to running sysprep.