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Windows 7: Windows 7 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep

28 Feb 2015   #110
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Javierrrr View Post
Quick question. When installing the WAIK, do I have to do it on the machine that would be used as source for the image, or can I do it on my laptop and then move the answe file to that machine?
Hi Javier, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You can use any computer to create your answer files, it does not have to be to one you are customizing. I'm using the latest build of Windows 10 to make answer files for Windows 7 and 8 systems. In fact, if you are up to it, you can simply type the answer file in Notepad on one computer, copy it to USB drive, connect that drive to the computer you are sysprepping and run the sysprep telling that the answer file is located on the USB drive.

Short: it's totally irrelevant how and on what computer you create your answer file. The only important thing is that when you sysprep, the answer file is located so that the machine you are sysprepping can find it.

Kari


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02 Mar 2015   #111
Javierrrr

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Javierrrr View Post
Quick question. When installing the WAIK, do I have to do it on the machine that would be used as source for the image, or can I do it on my laptop and then move the answe file to that machine?
Hi Javier, welcome to the Seven Forums.

You can use any computer to create your answer files, it does not have to be to one you are customizing. I'm using the latest build of Windows 10 to make answer files for Windows 7 and 8 systems. In fact, if you are up to it, you can simply type the answer file in Notepad on one computer, copy it to USB drive, connect that drive to the computer you are sysprepping and run the sysprep telling that the answer file is located on the USB drive.

Short: it's totally irrelevant how and on what computer you create your answer file. The only important thing is that when you sysprep, the answer file is located so that the machine you are sysprepping can find it.

Kari
Thanks Kari. That is what I thought but if I read the instructions correctly, they seem to imply that you are installing on the source machine. I believe that is even bad, because the image would contain the WAIK. My I suggest this is clarified on the instructions? Thanks
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02 Mar 2015   #112
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Javierrrr View Post
My I suggest this is clarified on the instructions? Thanks
There's nothing to clarify. If you do not want to WAIK to be installed in the final image, uninstall it before sysprepping. Logical!
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02 Mar 2015   #113
Javierrrr

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
There's nothing to clarify. If you do not want to WAIK to be installed in the final image, uninstall it before sysprepping. Logical!
I believe 99.9999% of the users would NOT want the WAIK installed. But for me, it looks like you are telling to install it on the source image which is confusing.
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02 Mar 2015   #114
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

How can this be so difficult? If you install WAIK on your reference computer to make an answer file, you are allowed to use common sense and logics: when done with creating the answer file, simply disable all the features and uninstall all programs you don't want in the production image before sysprepping.
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03 Mar 2015   #115
Javierrrr

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
How can this be so difficult? If you install WAIK on your reference computer to make an answer file, you are allowed to use common sense and logics: when done with creating the answer file, simply disable all the features and uninstall all programs you don't want in the production image before sysprepping.
What can I tell you. Are you 100% sure that if I instal the WAIK and then I do an uninstall it would remove ALL files from the system and all registry keys? Wouldn't it be simpler to add a line that says "While it can be done, It is better not to install the WAIK on the source machine as either you leave it there and it appears on all images, or you uninstall it before imaging and you risk some leftover files."
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03 Mar 2015   #116
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

No, it would not be better. In many cases it is better to create and edit the answer file on the reference computer.

"...You risk some leftover files." What? How on earth could a few leftover files or registry entries be an issue if you uninstall WAIK before sysprepping? They do not harm the PC at all, not slow it down, nothing. Registry cleaning does usually more harm to the computer than leaving it as it is; using myself as an example I have not used any registry cleaners nor cleaned registry manually since I stopped using XP 10 years ago. Not a single time.

I will not change a word in this tutorial. It's purpose is to demystify the sysprep process used in customizing images in corporate environment and bring this useful process to normal users, show how easy and flexible it is to use on your own private PC. Most private users only have one PC, when they follow this tutorial and customize their Windows it's that PC they have to use.

WAIK being present in the end product does not harm the PC, it does not slow it down, it has absolutely no negative effect in the PC. But, if you do not want it, uninstall it before sysprepping. Logical.

Kari
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04 Mar 2015   #117
Javierrrr

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
No, it would not be better. In many cases it is better to create and edit the answer file on the reference computer.

"...You risk some leftover files." What? How on earth could a few leftover files or registry entries be an issue if you uninstall WAIK before sysprepping? They do not harm the PC at all, not slow it down, nothing. Registry cleaning does usually more harm to the computer than leaving it as it is; using myself as an example I have not used any registry cleaners nor cleaned registry manually since I stopped using XP 10 years ago. Not a single time.

I will not change a word in this tutorial. It's purpose is to demystify the sysprep process used in customizing images in corporate environment and bring this useful process to normal users, show how easy and flexible it is to use on your own private PC. Most private users only have one PC, when they follow this tutorial and customize their Windows it's that PC they have to use.

WAIK being present in the end product does not harm the PC, it does not slow it down, it has absolutely no negative effect in the PC. But, if you do not want it, uninstall it before sysprepping. Logical.

Kari
Iím just making a suggestion so that your wonderful tutorial is even better. In my experience is no good to install ANY software that you donít really plan to use on an image. You never know what problem the uninstaller can cause. The more software you install the more updates you would require. And the more possibilities of bugs. But letís say it is ok to install the WAIK on the source machineÖ shouldnít you be telling to uninstall it before doing the image?
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18 Mar 2015   #118
rblazo

W8 Pro 64
 
 
Sysprep disabling the administrator account from sleep

During Audit Mode, I put the PC into Sleep and when it woke it stated that the Administrator account was disabled. I restarted and it booted into Audit Mode where I assumed I had left offwith the Sysprep dialog open. My question is upon restart did Windows reenable the account that was disabled during Sleep or is it using another account? Basically, did I screw up this process by putting the PC to sleep and having Windows disable the Administrator account or am I fine to continue since the PC boots into Audit Mode with the Sysprep dialog open? By the way, this is a W7 Pro 64 PC.

Thanks
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18 Mar 2015   #119
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

You are fine. There is only one built-in administrator account, that's what Windows is always using in Audit Mode. As audit Mode can only be exited with Sysprep command telling Windows to boot next time to OOBE Mode, you can restart as many times as you want to when in Audit Mode and Windows always returns to Audit Mode, then last time when everything is done run the Sysprep command to exit.

I have also noticed that Sleep and Hibernation will disable the built-in admin temporarily. it's not a big deal, no harm done. Just restart and continue.

Kari
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