Sysprep (The System Preparation Tool) prepares an installation of Windows for duplication, auditing, and customer delivery.

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Create custom windows image from audit mode

Hi I'm trying to create a custom Windows 10 installation with some preinstalled software that I can deploy on multiple pcs. What I've done so far: Installed Windows 10 on a new machine, entered ...
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Move hard drive without using sysprep?

I have a broken PC running Windows 8.1 which wont start anymore - it's just a PSU problem. I do have a some other hardware which I could move the hard disks to. Because I can't power the original PC, ...
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Backup to VM strategy: sysprep doubts

I'm considering this strategy: backing up an old, but important computer to a VM, doing a P2V conversion. I would use Hyper-V and the conversion would be done with SysInternals Disk2VHD utility. The ...
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Windows 7 sysprep during deploying error

I have deployed a windows 7 syspreped image at several machines without any issue.However at a specific machine I am getting errors.The log is 2015-11-05 15:46:56, Error ...
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Error Doing Sysprep with Generalize for Windows 10 Enterprise VM inside hyper-v on Windows 2008R2

Doing a sysprep on a brand new Windows 10 Enterprise RTM machine on Hyper-V 2012R2 works fine, however if you create a brand new Windows 10 VM on Hyper-V 2008R2, go into audit mode and immediately try ...
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Custom Windows installation and recovery partition with sysprep?

So I do know about the audit mode of Windows, sysprep.exe, and the Windows System Image Manager to create unattended answer files. I already used these tools to setup my new Windows 10 installation, ...
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Capture Win7 Image- SCCM vs Sysprep & imageX

I've always used Sysprep/image X to capture a Windows 7 iamge: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preparing-an-image-using-sysprep-and-imagex.aspx However my new job uses SCCM Task sequence ...
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sysprep /generalize a domain controller

I have a Windows Server 2012 in a XenCenter virtual machine. The image is prepared as an IIS server and AD domain controller. The domain contains that single server only, but the AD will be ...
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Server 2012 R2 First run after sysprep did not prompt for new administrator password

I want to know how I can change the User Profile account while the image is restoring when creating a new VM (while setting up the VM). I had created the image using sysprep and restored it to the ...
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Win7 sysprep /generalize causes failure: “Windows could not complete the installation”

Been trying to get myself some experience doing deployments on some old hard drives I have laying around. I install Windows 7 x64 on a reference machine, and log in with audit mode (Ctrl+Shift+F3 at ...
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Can I use a generic answer file for sysprep without the wim/clg file?

If I already have an answer file, "unattend.xml." Do I need to have the clg wim file from the Windows DVD? Can I take an answer file and use it by itself to run sysprep?
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Tasks before capturing your OS

In addition to one of my previous questions how to make an Unattended Windows 8.1 installation ISO, I had the following thought; lets say, your wanting to make a custom Windows installation for a ...
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Customize and sysprep modern.ie virtual machines say for VirtualBox?

Has anyone done this or know if possible and the steps? MS has VMs for testing IE on modern.ie site. They're clean base images one extract and imports into VM software of choice like VirtualBox to ...
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Running Sysprep from startup repair

My laptop's charging port recently broke, and I bought a new laptop and moved the old hard drive into the new laptop. The old hard drive was running windows 7. The hard drive boots, but it crashes ...
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Does Sysprep require the same Service Pack Level on the .clg file with Windows 7 Pro.?

I have a Windows 7 Pro. 64bit DVD. I am using sysprep. The machine I want to sysprep is Windows 7 Pro. 64bit SP1. My DVD to get the .clg catalog file off of is not SP!, just Windows 7 Pro. 64bit. ...
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How do I sysprep a computer image [closed]

I'm new to sysprep. I am deploying an image to ~15 computers. I took one of the computers, wiped the hard drive, and created an image. I'm concerned because I'm not sure if I was supposed to sysprep ...
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Imaging a Windows 7 system to run with a specific account

I am using the Microsoft imaging and sysprep tools to create an image which shall run, after copying to a disk, with a specific user. Call it userx. This user shall be configured with customisations ...
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Install Windows on a second disk using VirtualBox

I've got a machine with Windows 7 (and an OEM license for it), and I've now bought a new hard drive which I will be using as the system disk. Here's the deal. I would like to reinstall windows on ...
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PowerShell script is interrupted by a automatic reboot during unattend Windows installation

I have a problem during the unattended installation of Windows 7. I'm using an unattend.xml file to install Windows. In the unattend.xml, there are RunSynchronousCommand statements to run a PowerShell ...
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Recover user profile after sysprep

So here are my user accounts: The last profile with the lock on it is the new profile that windows is booting from now. The other one is my previous profile that I had before running sysprep. My ...
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Windows 8.1 With Bing and Sysprep

I've just started looking at sysprep as an option to bypass user account creation when setting up machines for my customers, so that they can go through the OOBE themselves and still have all Windows ...
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Sysprep.exe fatal error, and can't delete metro app in windows 8 to get it working

Today I used sysprep.exe to rebuild my windows image. But it always said "a fatal error occurred while trying sysprep". Then I went to check setupact.log file , it shows like this I followed this ...
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sysprep failed and now I can't even log into windows now

Today I used sysprep.exe to rebuild my windows image. But it always said "a fatal error occurred while trying sysprep". Then I went to check log file , it shows that "microsoft internal media ...
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Where is the unattend file stored after you install Windows?

I have been working with the Windows Automated Installation toolkit and FOG lately, and have made several over the past month or so. Something I've noticed when running sysprep after setting up an ...
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Sysprep inaccessible machine

I need to move a known working Windows 7 OS from one machine to another. Problem is, the source machine is not bootable due to hardware failure, but the OS and data are fine. Due to hardware ...
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Silent Installs of Programs in the answer file for Windows 7 [closed]

I'm using Sysprep and Windows AIK to create a system image. I installed all the programs that won't need updating and wanted to create msi files for programs that usually update (like firefox or an ...
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How does FOG Project PXE supply a computer name and join to the domain?

Without sysprepping (just uploading then deploying) I can get FOG to seamlessly join an imaged computer to a domain, and FOG will also supply a computer name I specify in the management console. My ...
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Sysprep is removing all updates

When we use Sysprep, it removes all Windows updates. When we do this, we have to install all the same updates every time we use the image. Is there a way we can make Sysprep keep the updates? Here is ...
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Move Windows 8.1 installation to another PC - is it possible to avoid a re-install & just move the hard drive?

Last year I've installed a clean copy of Windows 8 (later upgraded to 8.1) on a new laptop. This process was challenging because the laptop included Windows 8 pre-installed (plus bloatware), and my ...
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Windows 7 cannot create system image after sysprep

I have 2 PCs of the same make and model from Acer. I lost the admin password on PC-01 and I cannot do a factory restore via F8 (no alt-F10, no password reset disk), so I am thinking to do a sysprep ...
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Automate Win8 network and sharing settings

I am trying to create a unattended DVD installation of Windows 8, but I can't seem to find a solution do this. What I'm looking for are to have the same settings on the Network and Sharing Center, to ...
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Cloning a computer upgraded from Windows Vista to 7

We have quite a few laptops that came with licenses for Windows Vista. We have plenty of upgrade licenses to go from Vista to 7. However, I don't want to manually upgrade each laptop. If I install ...
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Windows is not genuine slmgr -rearm error

I am working on building a custom image of widows 7 in audit mode. I run into an error with my unatttend.xml file when i reboot the computer out of audit mode and i get an error that windows could not ...
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Windows Deployment System- the system cannot find the file specified

I am using sysprep and Windows Capture (part of WDS) to create a windows 7 image. Sysprep and the wizard run fine as I enter the appropriate data. However, at the start of the image creation I get an ...
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Use Virtualbox to Build a Standard Image of Windows 7

SO I'm building a standard image of Windows 7 according to this documentation: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee523217%28v=ws.10%29.aspx However, my reference computer is a install of ...
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Sysprep WITHOUT creating new user

I have install a ghost server and i would like to deploy many Windows 7 64 bits. Before creating the master i must sysprep it but i would like to know how to sysprering without create a new user after ...
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Windows 8.1 not prompting for product key in OOBE

Im testing my new deployment evrything works fine, but ( after sysprep) at the oobe it doesnt ask for a product key? Even without an unattend file ? Anybody an idea what could be the problem?
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clone windows without sysprep

I have to clone a windows 7 system on a lab (I have a volume license for win OS). The Microsoft documentation tell me to prepare the windows source pc with sysprep before cloning the system, but... ...
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Customising Windows Metro Start tiles Sysprep (Windows 8.1 SL)

I am at my wits end trying to get a default start tiles to work. I am not sure because I am trying this on Windows 8.1 SL Whatever I do during post the OOBE on First logon the User set up runs and I ...
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Sysprep.exe completely missing on both of my Windows 7 64bit machines. How should I find a workaround?

The sysprep.exe file is simply missing on my Windows 7 64bit machine. I tried to find it on another computer, but it wasn't found there either. I can't understand it, because on a lot of forums and ...
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Copying Start Screen to all users, including uninstallation

I have lots of the shiny new Microsoft Surface Pro tablets that I'm to set up, and distribute to my staff. One of the Group Policies I have to enforce is to disable all use of the Microsoft Store, and ...
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HP EliteBook 800 Series immediately exits audit mode

I'm attempting to create an image for a client using audit mode on Windows 7 Professional. I booted the system and was given the typical OOBE welcome screen. I did the CTRL-Shift-F3 key combination to ...
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Sysprep copying user account detail - Need to avoid User Account

I have to Create WIM for Installation like OEM does. I have created reference image with third party apps and driver. I have used SYSPREP tool present in Win 7 by selecting Enter System ...
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Unattended (Sysprep) Windows Installation “cannot complete” error

I made an image in audit mode, sysprepped it, got the .WIM image, and inserted it into a bootable windows 7 DVD (install.wim). When run, setup completes but I get a "Windows cannot complete ...
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Sysprep 3.14 fatal error

I'm having a trouble with Sysprep and Windows 8.1. I pulled down an image to the same hardware it was captured from. The caputred image was in Audit mode. I updated the driver for the SATA controller ...
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Cannot exit audit mode after upgrade to Windows 8

I accidentally entered audit mode from OOBE after upgrading to Windows 8, and now i get this message: . How do i get my system back to usable state?
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How do you set O.E.M. System Information with a Sysprep Answer File?

There are a couple of entries in the Windows Registry involving hardware information that is pulled from the BIOS during the installation of Windows. These are stored in the following key: ...
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How to install Dell T3500 RAID Drivers via unattend.xml?

I work for a medium sized company and, due to the recent XP phaseout, we're rolling out Windows 7 on newer machines throughout the company. Unfortunately, we've had problems doing so as the computers ...
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Copy Drivers over to Windows 7

I recently replaced the motherboard for a Windows 7 system and even in safe mode boot it crashes right when it loads classpnp.sys. Do I need to some way manually copy the driver files over to the ...
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Sysprep RegDeleteKey Failed

Trying to sysprep a Windows 8.1 system and getting a fatal error. When I check setuperr.log It seems to be failing at Sysprep_Generalize_MountPointManager: RegDeleteKey Failed with error=2. From ...