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Windows 7: Local accounts and custom profile

04 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Local accounts and custom profile [New]

Hi

I have Windows 7 SP1 and I want to create a custom default profile so that, when I will have to create the local accounts, they already will have the custom profile.

Thanks

Bye

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04 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Use backup imaging: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

If Windows 7 becomes irreparable you can boot the DVD or Repair CD to do an easy System Image Recovery.

You can also SysPrep the installation before imaging so that it will start up on any hardware: SysPrep to move HD to another computer
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04 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Use backup imaging: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

If Windows 7 becomes irreparable you can boot the DVD or Repair CD to do an easy System Image Recovery.

You can also SysPrep the installation before imaging so that it will start up on any hardware: SysPrep to move HD to another computer
Apparently, this solution is not mine.

Thanks

Bye
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06 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7
 
 

After reading the Customize the default local user profile when preparing an image of Windows article, I have some questions:

1) Where can I find Unattend.xml files already made ​​valid for each version and edition of Windows 7 SP1 to change the default profile using parameter CopyProfile?

2) I am obliged to enable the Administrator account and configure it or I could use my administrator account, already configured, to run the Sysprep utility?

Thanks

Bye
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08 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7
 
 

These two xml files should be fine:

For Windows 7 SP1 32-bit:

Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS"
xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile>
</component>
</settings> <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim://<computerName>/<Source_dir>/install.wim#Windows 7 <Edition>" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>
For Windows 7 SP1 64-bit:

Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS"
xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile>
</component>
</settings> <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim://<computerName>/<Source_dir>/install.wim#Windows 7 <Edition>" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>
It is possible to merge the two xml files or not?

It is possible to create an xml file also valid for any edition?

In an installation of Windows 7 SP1, there is the install.wim or I must always specify its source path?

Thanks

Bye
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10 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7
 
 

I created the CopyProfile.xml file:

Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="generalize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-Licensing-SLC" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State[/URL]" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance[/URL]">
<SkipRearm>1</SkipRearm>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State[/URL]" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance[/URL]">
<CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile>
</component>
</settings>
<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim://<computerName>/<Source_dir>/install.wim#Windows 7 <Edition>" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>
and I put it in an USB stick.
So, I planned to install Windows 7 normally, install the additional drivers, update Windows, go to audit mode with the c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /audit command, delete the account created during installation, customize the Administrator account. Finally, I run the c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /oobe /reboot /generalize /unattend:<USB stick unit>:\CopyProfile.xml command to go into OOBE mode. Right? Is there a better way to do this?

Thanks

Bye
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10 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

The easiest method to enter the Administrator account to customize it in order to customize the default profile is to use Audit Mode. When you have installed Windows and have been presented with mini-setup, which is where you are asked for the username, computer name, etc… press Ctrl+Shift+F3 and you will find yourself logged into the system without being asked any further questions, you will be logged in as Administrator, and will remain so until you run Sysprep, where you can supply your answer file and customize the default profile.

The above linked unattend.xml files should work fine, however you may also want to consider installing the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) which includes a variety of deployment tools from Microsoft including the Windows System Image Manager (WSIM) which automates creating answer files if you are considering making additional changes to your answer files. It also includes ImageX, the free imaging utility provided by Microsoft. There are instructions on how to perform a basic deployment using WAIK available in the TechNet article: Step-by-Step: Basic Windows Deployment for IT Professionals.

Lastly, and perhaps just a minor tip, remember that the default user profile image is not a part of the default user profile. To customize this image, you will need to replace user.bmp in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\ which is 128x128 pixels. It’s a small thing, but it can end up being the only thing holding you back from a really professional looking default profile.
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10 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by balubeto View Post
Finally, I run the c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /oobe /reboot /generalize /unattend:<USB stick unit>:\CopyProfile.xml command to go into OOBE mode. Right? Is there a better way to do this?
I would recommend copying the answer file to the C:\ local drive, just in case your system somehow shuffles drive letters upon reboot and the Sysprep file becomes inaccessible.
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11 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7
 
 

So, my CopyProfile.xml file and my procedure is wrong?

Thanks

Bye
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11 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Apparently you've gotten some good advice there. Maybe the following can help you as well:

New Installation: How to Create a General System Image in Audit Mode
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