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

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How can I skip the sysprep step and just capture an image?

Ok the problem is, I am troubleshooting a problem with network connectivity when booting into the PE capture media (and only that PE). I only know how to use the capture media for SCCM, so each time ...
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How to determine sysprep status

I have a requirement to be able to determine how far Windows is through a sysprep sequence. After running sysprep /generalize we are creating an image of the OS which is then being used to create ...
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Is it possible to specify an answer file when PXE booting windows using memdisk?

I'm able to PXE boot windows from my Linux server using memdisk to mount a winpe.iso that: mounts two samba share drives, one for the windows install disk, and another that has answer files (each ...
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SysPrep Windows 10 Pro Error (0x0f0070 & 0x0f00d8)

So I seem to be experiencing an issue where Windows 10 and Windows Store apps (I am assuming) are interfering with Sysprep /oobe /generalize. When I attempt to run the above command, I receive the ...
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Is there a way to prevent Sysprep from destroying your IIS installation? [closed]

Ok, so that may sound a bit cataclysmic, but at least in many cases this is true. I have done a lot of searching but not found a great thread that has it simply stated like this. In fact, the KB ...
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Run logon command as administrator Windows 10

I've looked around and couldn't find a answer to this exact question. I am working on building a Windows 10 image to push to a bunch of computers using Clonezilla and I am trying to get the unattend ...
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Forgot to run Sysprep before migrating a VM to a new Azure account

I've been tasked with migrating our VMs from our old Azure Account to our new one. I knew nothing about anything when I started the process a few days ago. I decided the best thing to do was take it ...
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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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How to deactivate onedrive and telemetry in Windows 10 by using a sysprep answer file

We are using the Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB ISO for our company and it does almost all we wanted (no universal apps, no unwanted services, no EDGE, etc). Unfortunatly, Telemetry is still on and ...
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Automate the OOBE setup steps for Windows 10

I am not sure if this is possible. I have been reading a bit about answer files but that seems to be more for the actual installation of windows to me. This is the process we currently use: Install ...
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ESX + Sysprep.inf + Template= unhappy computername

I am trying to create a template in ESX that I can automate with PowerCLI. Everything works great so far, but because I have some specific settings, I had to create my own sysprep.inf. Now, the ...
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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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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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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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Are the SID, admin tokens, etc. created on the first boot after SysPrep, before going through setup?

I have a virtual machine running in hyper-v that I would like to clone a dozen times. I ran sysprep, shutdown and then duplicated the VHD, assigning it to the other servers already setup in Hyper-V. ...
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Windows 7 (32-bit) Sysprep not running Unattend.XML but no error in logs

I am trying to Sysprep a Windows image that will run on identical hardware. The issue I'm facing is that the Unattend.XML file is somehow not running whatsoever, but the logs itself do not say ...
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Does duplicate machine SID cause problems with Remote Desktop?

I am currently working on a Windows 8.1 image for Dell Venue Pro 11 and have been having some issues with generalizing the image with SysPrep. I am not planning on placing the tablets in a domain, ...
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Sysprep: “You must be an administrator”

I am trying to sysprep a VM running Server 2012 R2. When I run sysprep.exe as an administrator I get the following modal: --------------------------- System Preparation Tool 3.14 ...
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IS there a guide how to copy and sysprep Windows 2012 with Sql Server 2014 installed and running?

We have a server that is installed and running and now we would like to make copies of it. The server is Windows 2012 with Sql Server 2014 Standard. I havn't found any information regarding this, so ...
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Windows 7 Sysprep Default User

I seem to be having a problem with implementing my sysprep. I have been playing with Windows 7, WAIK, Server 2008 R2 and various other things. I managed to create a WIM with everything I need ...
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Windows Disk Image (sysprep) with multiple domain accounts

I have not a simple problem. I would like to make personalized sysprep (Windows disk image) for more than 50 windows domain account. Suppose I have more than 50 computers with the same parameters, ...
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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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Windows 2012 Post-sysprep Powershell script not running

I have 2 templates 1 x Windows 2008 R2 1 x Windows 2012 R2 I have sysprep'ed both templates, Generalize / shutdown, etc, etc On both templates have I the following post-sysprep script that should ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 - Remove Product Key to Force Reactivation after Deployment

I have a VM configured with internal software that needs to be sent to an outside party for evaluation. As it stands, the user who configured it also activated the software with a company issued MSDN ...
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Unattend.xml getting overwritten during first boot

I'm building images for OpenStack with KVM using these tools: It works beautifully in generating a Win2KR2 image, and I get a qcow2 image that boots nicely using Horizon and a KVM compute node, ...
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Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Standard User Default Profile: Local Group Policy or Sysprep?

I have a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit machine that will be hosting three Windows 7 Pro 64-bit VMware Player 7 virtual machines. I have the first VM completed and am about to create the first standard user on ...
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How to fix 7B stop errors when cloning Windows images to different HBA types

When Windows is installed it searches it's driver database and installs the appropriate HBA driver so the boot loader can access the drive and boot the system. When an image is taken and cloned to a ...
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xen server windows template sysprep Autounattend

Got a Xen Server Template Windows 2008 R2, thats had alot of things already set (disk size, server manager disabled etc, etc) We spin up, windows patch host and re-run sysprep My question is, can ...
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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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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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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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Lost RDP access to Azure VM after Sysprep

I made a stupid mistake. While looking for an easy way to make a backup of my Azure VM I followed directions to make a snapshot of the VM machine. In AWS (*which I am used to) a snapshot is a quick ...
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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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Recovering a badly sysprepped Windows Server 2012 R2 image

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 image in Azure. It has been curated by a number of people in my org. A lot of software installed and configured etc. The VM it was created from was then sysprepped ...
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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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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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Windows 7 Pro sysprep not working

I'm trying to sysprep a Windows 7 Professional machine, prior to grabbing an image for mass deployment on identical hardware, and am having a hard time getting sysprep to work (at all). I've created ...
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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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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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Editing Sysprep Unattend.xml after Sysprep

I have an image of a Server 2008 R2 system which has been Sysprepped and was shutdown prior to its first boot. Now, it would seem I screwed the XML file up as it fails halfway through the Serialize ...
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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 ...