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Cannot prepare system for IMAGING due to SYSPREP failing on Cortana


Article ID: 226372


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Ghost Solution Suite Deployment Solution


 Cortana is stopping SYSPREP from working properly.

From setuperr log file:

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2021-10-14 13:47:53, Error                 SYSPRP Package Microsoft.Windows.Cortana_1.13.0.18362_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy was installed for a user, but not provisioned for all users. This package will not function properly in the sysprep image.
2021-10-14 13:47:53, Error                 SYSPRP Failed to remove apps for the current user: 0x80073cf2.
2021-10-14 13:47:53, Error                 SYSPRP Exit code of RemoveAllApps thread was 0x3cf2.
2021-10-14 13:47:53, Error                 SYSPRP ActionPlatform::LaunchModule: Failure occurred while executing 'SysprepGeneralizeValidate' from C:\Windows\System32\AppxSysprep.dll; dwRet = 0x3cf2
2021-10-14 13:47:53, Error                 SYSPRP SysprepSession::Validate: Error in validating actions from C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\ActionFiles\Generalize.xml; dwRet = 0x3cf2
2021-10-14 13:47:53, Error                 SYSPRP RunPlatformActions:Failed while validating Sysprep session actions; dwRet = 0x3cf2
2021-10-14 13:47:53, Error      [0x0f0070] SYSPRP RunDlls:An error occurred while running registry sysprep DLLs, halting sysprep execution. dwRet = 0x3cf2
2021-10-14 13:47:53, Error      [0x0f00d8] SYSPRP WinMain:Hit failure while pre-validate sysprep generalize internal providers; hr = 0x80073cf2

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I have used the PowerShell scripts to remove all APPS, changed the registry settings and gone through the prep document: Prepare for image capture 


Release : 3.3

Component :


App was not provisioned for all users



in Powershell enter: Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackageName Cortana_1.13.0.18362 against all users who have logged onto the system


delete the user profiles from the system that are not needed

run through article once more: Prepare for image capture  till errors no longer appear in the setuperr log file