You have a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
You use one of the following methods to prepare a generalized image:
At the command prompt, you change to the "%WINDIR%\system32\sysprep" directory and then type the following command: sysprep /generalize
Note If you specify the /unattend parameter together with an answer file when you run this command, you do not set Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysPrep\PersistAllDeviceInstalls to TRUE in the answer file. By default, the value of Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysPrep\PersistAllDeviceInstalls is FALSE.
Click Computer, locate the "%WINDIR%\system32\sysprep" directory under drive C. Then double-click Sysprep.exe and select the Generalize check box.
You create the system image by using the ImageX tool.
You deploy the system image to a destination computer.
In this scenario, you cannot update some driver files on the destination computer.
For example, you build a Windows 7 generalized image and then deploy the image to another computer. When you try to install the updated Sdbus.sys driver that is described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article, the installation fails and you do not receive an error message.
976092 An update is available to fix a data corruption issue for Secure Digital (SD) cards in Windows 7
This issue occurs because of an error in Sppnp.dll. This behavior causes some driver files in the system to have incorrect access control lists (ACL). Specifically, the owners of some driver files are designated as a Trusted Installer. Therefore, you cannot update some driver files.
To address this issue, apply the hotfix before you use the sysprep tool to prepare a generalized system image.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
No prerequisites are required.
You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.
The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintaining the state of the updated component. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information about the System Preparation tool, visit the following Microsoft website: