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Windows 7: User Profile - Customize During Installation

03 Aug 2013   #20
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I appreciate your work with Sysprep and Audit Mode. I'll be doing a clean new install and changing the motherboard and CPU in another while reusing the drives.

As a note, I have changed the graphics card a few times and no reactivation was needed. Others may have different experience though.


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22 May 2014   #21
cvcorv8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have set everything up through sysprep command but that does not help
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22 May 2014   #22
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cvcorv8 View Post
I have set everything up through sysprep command but that does not help
Please see my response to you in your earlier thread:

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cvcorv8 View Post
I have set everything up through sysprep command but that does not help
If you follow the instructions told in that tutorial I mentioned in my first post to the letter, it sets a default home page and favorites for Internet Explorer for all future user accounts which will be created. Users can then later change these as they wish.

The instructions in the tutorial are 100% correct and valid. If you want to do this on an existing Windows installation you need to remember what I told earlier, also in my first post:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Notice that default user profile customization with Sysprep can only be done when no other user accounts exist than the Windows built-in administrator. Because of this limitation the customization should be done when installing, prior to creating any user accounts; if done later you need first reboot to Audit Mode and when there, remove all existing user accounts before using the Sysprep command.
If my tutorial is difficult to read and / or understand, you can find official Microsoft instructions in this article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973289/en-us

The same official Microsoft support article in Dutch here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973289/nl-nl

EDIT: On an existing Windows setup, you can reboot to Audit Mode by giving this command in Command Prompt or the Run dialog (WIN + R):
Code:
%windir%\system32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /audit /reboot
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03 Jan 2016   #23
RangerZ

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Hi Kari

I am trying to make sure I understand the wim file needed for the DefaultProfile.xml file. I have an HP 840 that did not come with CDs. I retrieved the WIM files from the OS, there were 2 on a bigger file. I a stripped out Win 7 Pro basic and another a more robust business version with HP trust center and other stuff. I can put this in a folder called source on my USB drive, but not sure if that is what I need.

I have a Win 7 PRO OEM disk that I assume will have a file, but it's not the file I installed the OS from.

Can you please guide me?
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04 Jan 2016   #24
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RangerZ View Post
Hi Kari

I am trying to make sure I understand the wim file needed for the DefaultProfile.xml file. I have an HP 840 that did not come with CDs. I retrieved the WIM files from the OS, there were 2 on a bigger file. I a stripped out Win 7 Pro basic and another a more robust business version with HP trust center and other stuff. I can put this in a folder called source on my USB drive, but not sure if that is what I need.

I have a Win 7 PRO OEM disk that I assume will have a file, but it's not the file I installed the OS from.

Can you please guide me?
You can use the install.wim file from your OEM disk. Insert the disk in the DVD drive before sysprepping and make your answer file (the script) to point to that file, for example if your DVD drive is drive X:, point to X:\Sources\install.wim.

Kari
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04 Jan 2016   #25
RangerZ

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks for the quick reply

I am running into another issue. When I hit the CTRL-SHIFT-F3 the system appears to shut down, restart and I see the message "Processing Cleanup Phase Sysprep Plugins" or similar, but the computer immediately shuts down and restarts as if it were new again.

Any ideas? Some other threads indicate a fatal message which I do not see. The extracted system is brand new, never booted before.
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4 Weeks Ago   #26
Amistar

Windows 7 Pro; Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello,

I got a few Questions:
  1. can I install Symantec Entpoint Protection Client?
  2. can I join a Domain?
  3. do I have to do a Restart after every Installation and or Driver Pack?
  4. Does the USB-Stick have to be in the USB-Port during Sysprep and Capture?
  5. can i remove the CD from the Drive during Capture?
  6. are any Windows-Updates needed?
  7. what about the User-Mode-Driver Framework?(needed)
  8. what about the Kernel-Mode-Driver Framework?(needed)

Thanks
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