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

19 Mar 2015   #120
rblazo

W8 Pro 64
 
 
Where do I send the Scotch?

Thanks Kari,

Seven forums has been an invaluable resource for me over the years and I thank you very much.
I could not have gotten through my many difficulties without you guys and further more learned as much as I have through reading you tutorials. Again, an immense Thank You!

Now, where in Leipzig can I send the Scotch to show my appreciation?

Ron


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19 Mar 2015   #121
Maltesespace

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Hi Kari

This tutorial has been amazing and I have created a few win7 images with it... I see you have a similar one for Windows 10 but not 8.1... Do you have a tutorial for 8.1 or no? It would be immensely helpful as I am having a hell of a time making a Win8.1 image. Broken microsoft search, the image did not generalise for some reason, and did not go to OOBE although I instructed it to. My taskbar also got screwed up. I am using a fresh ISO of Windows 8.1 pro downloaded right from MS servers, have tried redownloading ISO and reinstalling, I was using VMWare Player but tried Hyper-V, no dice.

Any help is greatly appreciated
Maltesespace
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19 Mar 2015   #122
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rblazo View Post
Thanks Kari,

Seven forums has been an invaluable resource for me over the years and I thank you very much.
I could not have gotten through my many difficulties without you guys and further more learned as much as I have through reading you tutorials. Again, an immense Thank You!

Now, where in Leipzig can I send the Scotch to show my appreciation?

Ron
Take a flight to Berlin or Frankfurt then an ICE high speed train to Leipzig. PM me from the station, I come to pick the whisky .

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maltesespace View Post
Hi Kari

This tutorial has been amazing and I have created a few win7 images with it... I see you have a similar one for Windows 10 but not 8.1... Do you have a tutorial for 8.1 or no? It would be immensely helpful as I am having a hell of a time making a Win8.1 image. Broken microsoft search, the image did not generalise for some reason, and did not go to OOBE although I instructed it to. My taskbar also got screwed up. I am using a fresh ISO of Windows 8.1 pro downloaded right from MS servers, have tried redownloading ISO and reinstalling, I was using VMWare Player but tried Hyper-V, no dice.

Any help is greatly appreciated
Maltesespace
The process works in Windows 8 / 8.1 exactly as in Windows 7, with one difference: moving the ProgramData folder is not supported (part 9.1 in this tutorial). You can relocate the Users folder but not ProgramData!

Personally I have never had any issues in Windows 8 following these simple guidelines:
  • Install Windows on your reference computer or virtual machine
  • When installation is done and Windows boots to OOBE / Welcome Mode and arrives to Personalization dialog where you set the UI colors and name the computer, press CTRL + SHIFT + F3 to reboot to Audit Mode
  • In Audit Mode, download and install the Windows ADK (Part 7 in this tutorial, the Windows AIK has been renamed in Windows 8 and is called ADK instead of AIK)
  • Customize as you want to
  • Install your apps
  • Create your Answer file exactly as told in this tutorial Part 9
  • Sysprep exactly as you would Sysprep Windows 7 (Part 11 in this tutorial)
That's it.

If you get any issues, create a new thread at our sister site the Eight Forums and send me a PM there giving the URL of your thread. My profile at EF for VM and PM: View Profile: Kari - Windows 8 Forums. I am online every day logged in to all of our forums, I will get your PM quite soon.

Kari
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19 Mar 2015   #123
Maltesespace

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks Kari... I've decided to skip doing it on a VM as for some reason Win8.1 Pro doesn't really like when I place it in a VM... No idea why as i've got a quad core i5 and 8gb of ram, but when I do it in a VM the OS just crashes lots. I've done countless Win7 and Win8.1 core images with VMs but 8.1 Pro just won't. (And I need pro for Hyper-V and Domains, so can't just use Core)

I'm setting up the reference PC as my desktop for now and using my laptop as my technician PC or whatever technical term there is :P

I'll try again following your guide and let you know how it goes
Cheers
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21 Mar 2015   #124
Maltesespace

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Hi Kari

I've successfully made and deployed my image, thanks again for the awesome guide! I have had one issue however with the Windows Advanced Startup setting, and i posted about it over in EF. I'll PM the link.
Thanks kindly

Edit: Seems I can't PM for some reason, so i'll just casually drop the link here (Mods, hope its allowed.)
Cant disable driver signatures
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21 Mar 2015   #125
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maltesespace View Post
Hi Kari

I've successfully made and deployed my image, thanks again for the awesome guide! I have had one issue however with the Windows Advanced Startup setting, and i posted about it over in EF. I'll PM the link.
Thanks kindly

Edit: Seems I can't PM for some reason, so i'll just casually drop the link here (Mods, hope its allowed.)
Cant disable driver signatures
I forgot that a new member can only send PMs after a certain time and post count. My apologies. Posting links is totally OK, especially when they are to our sister sites .

I posted something in your thread at EF.
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29 Mar 2015   #126
hardrockgeo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Help: Laptop crashed before completing sysprep

I was attempting to sysprep my Dell E6500 laptop to move to another Dell E6500 machine. I received the "A fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine." message during the process.

Unfortunately the machine suffered some sort of hardware failure after that. I believe I may have used System Restore before the sysprep attempt.

I have and can access the files on the drive through a Thermaltake interface. Is there anything I can do at this point? Am I out of luck?

Thanks in advance for your reply.
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29 Mar 2015   #127
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Hi Hardrockgeo, welcome to the Seven Forums.

I am sorry to hear about your crash. The sysprep as used in this tutorial does nothing else than removes some drivers, it cannot physically damage your hardware. Something else has happened, I suspect that the hardware failure is at least partially guilty for failing sysprep.

First thing to try is to repair or restore the Windows. If you have a recent system image backup, restore it, if not try a repair install, see this tutorial for help: Repair Install

Kari
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29 Mar 2015   #128
hardrockgeo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Wow, Thanks Kari:

I think my motherboard or video failed. The hard drive is fine. I can access all files on it through a Thermaltake external interface. Is it possible to complete the sysprep operation through the external interface?

Thanks again!
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29 Mar 2015   #129
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

I have sometimes had a similar situation and was saved by finding the exactly same make and model laptop to try. Because both of your laptops are the same make and model, theoretically the generalizing should not be even needed. You could try simply to take the HDD from the crashed laptop, replace the HDD on the other laptop with it, boot it to Safe Mode and when / if everything works, boot it normally.
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