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 Updates and other necessary software installed and ready to go.
It seems like Windows 8.1 With Bing is causing compatibility issues with sysprep, at least on the HP Stream tablets. Ctrl+Shift+F3 reboots the machine, it logs into the local Administrator account, and then immediately errors with the following:
Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation.
I was able to get out of this eternal boot loop with Shift+F10 to get to a command prompt, run OOBE, and create a local user account. Is there any way around this so that we can use sysprep to set up machines without going through OOBE first?