Sysprep is the name of Microsoft's System Preparation Utility for Microsoft Windows operating system deployment.

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use sysprep for windows custom deployment, but leave settings like keyboard, start menu the same

I am trying to create a "base/reference" installation of Windows 8.1 which I can use to deploy to other computers with different hardware. After a lot of research, I was pointed to sysprep and ImageX ...
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custom ami creation and sysprep

I am working through steps to create a custom ami, so far take a base one and install all software needed. shutdown machine with sysprep. create an ami. create instances from it I am wondering how ...
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Do I need to run SysPrep on a cloned Windows 8.1 image?

When using VMware Workstation to clone a Windows 8.1 image, do I need to run SysPrep? If so, where do I get that program?
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Alternatives to DriverPacks for Windows system deployment images?

I managed to prepare a Windows 7 Professional image with sysprep for deployment to a wide variety of hardware, and so far it works fairly well. It currently installs drivers upon first boot after ...
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Remove Windows Server from Domain While it is Airgapped?

I am working on a scheme to clone a production, domain-joined virtual machine, bring that machine up off the network in order to prepare it to be converted to a template. One issue that comes to my ...
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Disable Bing search entirely from IE when using sysprep

I'm creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 image for our product (an all-in-one appliance installed on server hardware) and I am having incredible trouble with getting Bing removed from Internet Explorer. ...
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Sysprep Forever [closed]

I want to use Windows in Audit Mode without continuing the Windows installation. Because: It's clean and fast, no Metro and others packages. It's the built-in Administrator; full permission ...
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Prevent creation of default shortcuts and Favorites in Windows XP SP3?

(1) Whenever a new user is created on a Windows XP SP3 system running Internet Explorer 8, their Favorites folder is automatically populated with a "Microsoft websites" folder and several links in the ...
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Display add user screen in Windows Server OOBE

I am currently making system images for deployment to our production hardware. I am creating both 32-bit Windows Standard 8 Embedded and 64-bit Windows Server 2012 images. What I am trying to do is ...
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Windows XP image sysprepped in VirtualBox fails to boot on bare metal

(1) I created a VirtualBox virtual machine and installed then customized a Windows XP SP3 reference system in it. (2) I ran sysprep to reseal the system for deployment. By restarting the virtual ...
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sysprep: fix “no system BCD store to be generalized”

Now that I've identified why my sysprep is failing, what do I do to fix this error? There is no system BCD store to be generalized. This image will not be bootable unless a system store is later ...
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Sysprep Windows 7 laptop with the display ON

I have a Windows 7 image on a Lenovo laptop that I've prepped for imaging from Audit mode. On running the actual sysprep the display turns off so I can't see what's going on. I can hear the ...
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Server 2012 SysPrepped Image Prompts to Approve Eula after Domain Join

I am trying to upgrade our base web server image from Server 2008 R2 to Server 2012. Our cloud vendor allows us to SysPrep an IAAS instance, image it and then restore it. I have this part all ...
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Deploy Windows 7 to OpenStack - Windows Setup Error when instance boots

I created Windows 7 Pro 64 images and all are getting this error. I configured them to use virtio disk and network adapter using the 1-74 drivers. They work fine locally (kvm on ubuntu 13, qcow2 ...
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Date/time format not preserved during Windows 7 sysprep

I've been following the instructions from Mark Minasi's newsletter article to sysprep a Windows 7 image. However, during a test deployment I discovered that my time and date format changes were not ...
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Will Windows 7 sysprep keep group policy settings?

As part of my organisation's Windows 7 rollout process, we would deploy a Windows 7 image onto a target machine, then manually install LocalGPO on it followed by applying a set of group policies via ...
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Is a new SID applied when sysprep-ping a Windows image or when deploying?

My organisation currently has Windows XP (yes, I know official support for it ceases in less than 24 hours) and Windows 7 system images made with Symantec Ghost 11 that we routinely deploy to ...
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What is a minimal useful unattend.xml file for SysPrep on Windows 7

Could you provide a minimal unattend.xml file for use in Windows 7, which will be manually installed, updated and configured on one workstation, then SysPrep will be run like this: ...
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Clean Windows 7 sysprep fails

I installed a new laptop, fresh clean Windows 7 Pro 64bit, when completed all installation i tried running sysprep but got this message: "There was an error while trying to initialize the sysprep ...
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How do I fix a cloned machine that wasn't sysprepped?

My Scenario I made a bunch of Hyper-V VM (Windows Server 2003) clones, without using sysprep or anything of the sort. All I did was clone, remove the computer from the domain, rename the computer, ...
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Choose time zone after sysprep

Is it possible to file unattend.xml setting to be able to choose a time zone from the list? Please give me some advice My file: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <unattend ...
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Add-Computer fails to run just after server is sysprep'd

I've developing a PowerShell 3 script to automate the deployment of a XenApp Windows 2008 image to a Hyper-V 2013 host. The basic steps are this: Create and boots VM - script goes into wait loop for ...
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install .Net 3.5 in windows 8.1 broken sysprep

I have some problem in .net 3.5. When I try add .net 3.5 as feature in Windows 8.1. and then run sysprep.exe, for the few minutes I see this error. fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the ...
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fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine windows 8.1

I try do sysprep in Windows 8.1. I have created unattend.xml <settings pass="oobeSystem"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" ...
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Upgrade from “audit mode” (pre-cloning) Windows 8 to Windows 8.1?

I have a Windows 8 in audit mode with a lot of applications installed, custom configurations done, and an answer file prepared, ready to be sysprepped for cloning. How do I upgrade to Windows 8.1, ...
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Windows 7 Fatal Error running Sysprep

I'm trying to Sysprep a Windows 7 Pro workstation. When I run sysprep a receieve the error "A fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine" I've tried all the work arounds uninstall ...
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How can I pass parameters to a sysprepped Windows 2012 image at first boot using an unattend.xml file?

I'm trying to create a Windows 2012 sysprepped image that I can boot from script, for creating automated test environments, and finding myself a little confused. My understanding was that I could ...
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Injecting Drivers with WDS win 7 image

HI I am creating a Windows 7 Image to be deployed out through WDS. THe problem I am having is so new that when I run sysprep to install the drivers it crashes. So my question is where should I install ...
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OS Deployment via PXE - Preparing and Using Images in Many Small Environments (MSP)

I've got a project going on which I'm running into a bit of a roadblock on. I'm interested in learning if there is a better alternative to what my MSP does for OS deployment, currently. Most of our ...
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Why is OOBE running on every boot of a sysprep`d virtual machine?

In an attempt to minimize the disk space used by a bunch of Windows VMs I'm about to work with, I've tried to create a base image in the hope of using differencing disks. I'm nearly there but OOBE ...
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Anybody seen this? Reboot loop when entering Audit Mode?

We have a production system in place that requires users to enter Audit Mode a few times during a computer refurbishing process. Most machines we get are in OOBE mode when we get them, and the ...
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Sysprep and unattend.xml: remove local user account on windows 7

We are deploying Windows 7 using WDS. We want to remove the local user account which was created during setup. We don't need this account since the machines join a domain and a domain user account is ...
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Generalize an image without using Sysprep?

Without using sysprep, is there another way to generalize an image for use with Clonezilla? I created a sysprep image and forgot to add a few things. So when I tried to redo it, I get the failed to ...
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Windows System Image Manager - Extended Attributes Error

I'm trying to create a basic answer file for an image I'm working on to get the computer to automatically join the domain upon reimage. I've got the Win7 Pro 64 bit install.wim file extracted from the ...
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Set MAK and activate Office 2010 when deploying a syspreped image

I am deploying Windows 7 using Windows Deployment Services (WDS) on Server 2008 R2. On the image I have Office 2010 already installed. I don't use Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) but Windows ...
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Access to network share not possible using Sysprep's GuiRunOnce with VMware PowerCLI

As mentioned in the title, I am currently creating an automized deployment of VMs using VMware PowerCLI. Everything works fine so far, until I want to execute some scripts in the GuiRunOnce section ...
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What is the proper way to change the product key for Office 2010 Professional Plus?

I am trying to clone a VM. I've done sysprep successfully and all is well with my new box, except Office 2010 Professional Plus product key did not get wiped by sysprep (not too surprising), and I am ...
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How to duplicate a VHD with Windows 7 so others can use it?

I have created a VHD image with Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010 and a couple of SDKs, which took a while to install. Now I want to share this VHD with my coleagues so they don't have to go through the ...
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Sysprepping Windows Server 2012, how do I avoid plug and play drivers installed by VMware Tools being removed?

I am sysprepping Windows Server 2012 Standard to be used as a VM template. I want to preserve drivers installed by VMWare Tools such that the mouse won't lag in new installations. If I just run a ...
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WS2008R2 First run after sysprep did not prompt for new administrator password, I'm completely locked out

After running sysprep to OOBE and generalize a master disk for cloning, at first run it prompted only for language/region and a machine name, then proceeded on to the CTRL+ALT+DELETE to login screen. ...
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MDT 2012 - Task Sequence Not Completing

I'm a complete novice with MDT 2012, but I have had pretty good luck getting a deployment for Server 2008 R2. I have a reference system, and I do a very vanilla sysprep and capture using the ...
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Is it possible to update syspreped parent image without affecting the child diff disk in hyper-v

This ties to the SO: Can you update a Hyper-V parent differencing disk to push updates to all children? I have setup where parent disk is the syspreped image of the OS. I have created a child VM with ...
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Does Running Sysprep Remove Applications Previously Installed

I have a virtualized copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 installed with some applications already installed on it (not server roles) and I would like to re-deploy it on a number of other servers across my ...
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Can I take a domain pc hard drive and put it in the exact same hardware and leave it as it is on the domain without running any sys prep?

I have a workstation in a domain that has failed with hardware related issues. The actual hard drive is fine and is not the issue with with the workstation. Since we have spares of these workstations, ...
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Best way to integrate applications to windows 7 install.wim image

I have right now an unmodified .iso of a windows 7 32bit and 64bit installation disk. And I need to integrate to that some applications (office, adobe reader etc) and windows updates so that when ...
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Azure VM won't boot after sysprep; integration tools installed

I have installed the Azure Integration Components and used sysprep on a Windows 2012 VM. Now the machine won't start up. I uploaded the VHD to Azure - it failed there too. When I start up the VM I ...
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vSphere Client vCenter Template Customization Specification Using Windows Sysprep Unattended Answer XML File

I'm trying to setup a vSphere Client vCenter v5.0.0 Build 455964 Template Customization Specification using a Windows Sysprep unattended answer XML file for Win2008R2. However I didn't know how ...
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Automate Sql Server 2008 R2 Express install - silently and pre-configured

I want to create a .MSI installation of my app. One of the things that should be installed it's the SQL Server 2008 R2 Express, but i want it to be installed silently, pre-configured for all client ...
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Win 8 - how to prepare an image so it does not run through setup?

I am preparing a Win8 image to use as base for automatic deployments in Hyper-V at the moment. It seems that whenever a sysprepped image starts, it is running through the whole setup routine - which ...
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Sysprep and Capture task sequence failing using MDT 2010

I have created a Windows Deployment Services server in Windows 2008 R2. When I originally set it up I was able to successfully use MDT 2010 to create my boot images as well as creating task sequences ...