Windows 7 Sysprep could not initialize. There are one or more Windows updates that require a reboot.

/ March 31st, 2010/ Posted in Desktop, Windows 7 / 21 Comments »

The following error continued to appear when trying to run sysprep

I rebooted several times and the error would not go away. I resolved the issue by using “Program And Features” to install solitaire,  rebooting, and then removing solitaire using “program and feature” option.

After following those steps I was able to get around the issue, I think it was due to something getting hung up along the way and adding a new program reset the correct flags.

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  1. John
    2017/03/28 at 04:47:47

    patching offline with SCCM2K12…running through pending updates because of cumulative updates…must deploy and re capture image and faced this issue : must reboot because of pending updates. I did the trick and wow!! still worked 🙂
    thk you

  2. Marc
    2014/04/28 at 11:15:49

    Ha that did the trick Thanks!

  3. Mark
    2014/03/10 at 16:07:27

    This is the craziest thing I’ve seen since I don’t know when. Why does this fix sysprep?

  4. Chris Tinker
    2014/02/10 at 09:42:24

    Worked. Almost want to know why, but don’t care enough and am happy it worked.

  5. Casey
    2013/10/25 at 12:04:17

    It’s not called programs and features… you want to go to the start button and then type “Turn Windows features on or off” then under games expand the menu, then select Solitaire, and click “ok.” Then restart… repeat the process but uncheck it this time and restart again. Then you will be able run sysprep.

  6. Gianluca
    2013/10/18 at 09:00:55


  7. hiwilliam
    2013/03/27 at 05:27:31


  8. Martin
    2013/02/01 at 17:13:56

    Thank you guys this work like a charm.
    big thanks

  9. Tim Hill
    2012/10/30 at 12:57:10

    Why? Why does this work?

    • Henry
      2012/12/18 at 14:58:25

      Work for me on Windows Server 2008 R2 using the LPT Port Monitor Feature.

  10. james
    2012/07/10 at 08:22:28


    this worked for me too

    • Larry
      2012/07/20 at 12:52:05

      Can someone explain how you install (any) software in “Programs and Features”? And where are you finding solitaire?

  11. Pete
    2012/02/29 at 21:16:27

    Cheers! This worked perfect.

  12. NYtechGuy
    2011/12/08 at 14:07:18

    THANKS !

  13. Ben
    2011/11/16 at 09:47:36


    Saved my night sleep, thanks

  14. Dan
    2011/10/11 at 02:54:31

    SWEET! This had been a headache for the last 2 weeks trying to solve it. This did it.

  15. Buzz
    2011/08/24 at 07:31:07

    Still going strong.

    Thank you sir!

  16. AK_____28
    2011/07/05 at 10:16:47

    Still works like a charm. 😉 Thanks for posting!!

  17. Mavrik
    2011/03/08 at 03:58:12

    Thanks, this worked for me as well.

  18. Nayden
    2010/12/22 at 11:05:14

    Thanks for sharing this! BTW, this happened for me on a Windows 2008 Enterprise R2 64-bit. I did the add/remove with the Telnet Client…

    • Jamie
      2010/12/23 at 08:54:50

      Glad it worked for you as well.

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