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Windows 7: Sysprep (basic as possible)

19 Jan 2011   #11

XP, 7

Question - so audit mode will let me essentially edit a default profile? Or am I misunderstanding that? I was just wondering if it was possible to do the stuff in audit mode then not even use sysprep, but instead use my 3rd party tools after that?

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19 Jan 2011   #12

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Depends on what you mean with default profile. Normally you need to use sysprep to generalize the image, make it hardware independent.

If you interrupt the install procedure to enter Audit Mode as I told in my previous post, no user profiles are yet created. You enter in Windows 7 in Audit Mode using the native, built-in administrator account.

An example scenario: you need to install Seven on 10 computers in an office. All computers should have the normal Windows 7 setup, plus Virtual PC with XP Mode installed. All computers should have two user accounts, one administrator account called NetworkAdmin, and one standard user account called Office.

So, you enter Audit Mode. You download and install VirtualPC and XP Mode, and create administrator account NetworkAdmin and standard user Office. Using sysprep you generalize the setup, make an image, and install the image to all 10 computers. Generalizing means no hardware drivers are installed; instead, they are installed when Windows is run first time in each computer.

I would recommend you to read carefully those TechNet articles on Audit Mode, links in my previous post.

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03 Feb 2011   #13

XP, 7

Thanks for the information. I ended up with my current setup just using some registry edits to HKCU to customize a bit. I really would like to learn how to use sysprep to generalize, but was kind of short on time. Everytime I try to do it, it ends up being more complicated than I thought!
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