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

27 Apr 2015   #130
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Kari,
I just want to know if this is possible, you don't need to go into details. If I have an windows 7 iso install image created using ImgBurn, wrote that image to a usb using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool. Could that installation be modified to add software Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome, Macrium Reflect, MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition, etc.. ? Could I also add sounds, cursors and wallpaper as well? Thank you for this information.


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27 Apr 2015   #131
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by groze View Post
Kari,
I just want to know if this is possible, you don't need to go into details. If I have an windows 7 iso install image created using ImgBurn, wrote that image to a usb using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool. Could that installation be modified to add software Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome, Macrium Reflect, MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition, etc.. ? Could I also add sounds, cursors and wallpaper as well? Thank you for this information.
Short answer: Yes, it's not only possible but the exact purpose of this tutorial.

A bit longer answer: It is irrelevant how you have created your Windows 7 install image, it can always be customized. In your case, you would start by installing Windows 7 and entering Audit Mode as told in tutorial parts 3 & 4. From there you would do all the customizations (desktop theme, wallpaper, sounds, icons, desktop icon size and positioning, folder view settings, screensaver and so on), install your software either traditionally or if you'd like to do it a bit more automatized, using Chocolatey or an experimental build of OneGet.

The important thing here is that you remember to set CopyProfile=TRUE in your answer file (part 9.2). This is the one and only answer file setting to copy all the installed software and your theme / desktop modifications to Windows Default User Profile, which would then be used as base profile for any future user profile you will create.

Kari
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28 Apr 2015   #132
Kari

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Groze, I noticed I had forgotten something essential from my previous post: Of course, if you do this, your original Windows install image remains as it was, a basic and clean Windows install image with no software installed and no customizations when it is used for installation.

You need to capture the customized image and use it instead in your future installs (deployments) to get the customized, software included Windows installed.
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10 Aug 2015   #133
rdamirr

Windows 10 Enterprise x64
 
 

Thank you for great tutorial. Just wanted to ask-for example, if i made my image on virtual machine in audit mode, then syspreped it and after that wanted to add some changes to it, can i again run already syspreped image, add changes and apply sysprep again? So i want to say that when i turn on syspreped image, it won't be in audit mode anymore. Is this important or i can add changes and sysprep it again without problems?
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12 Aug 2015   #134
pringler

Windows Pro x64
 
 

Thanks for the great guide Kari! I've read through it a few times, and watched the accompanying videos.

I have a question that I was wondering if anyone here might know the answer to - how do you get internet access to install updates whilst in audit mode?

I tried plugging the ethernet cable in (through a powerline adapter - don't know if this makes a difference), and win 7 is saying I need to install drivers in order to connect to the internet. However, as far as I can tell, LAN drivers are the business of motherboard manufacturers. I have LAN drivers for my specific mobo on USB, however would installing them then prevent me from being able to make a generalised image that I could use on other machines (i.e., machines with different motherboards)?

In short, is my choice between having a generalised image (deployable to other machines) without windows updates vs. a motherboard specific image which includes windows updates?

EDIT: After re-reading the 'Part 11: Using Sysprep tool', I'm now under the impression that I can install my motherboard's LAN drivers in audit mode, access the internet to use windows update, and then when I use the \generalise command in sysprep this will remove said drivers. This would then allow future users to install their own motherboard-specific LAN drivers (and others) on future target machines. Could someone clarify if I'm correct in thinking this? Sorry for the stupid post, I'm new to this :P
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12 Aug 2015   #135
Kari

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Hi Pringler, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pringler View Post
EDIT: After re-reading the 'Part 11: Using Sysprep tool', I'm now under the impression that I can install my motherboard's LAN drivers in audit mode, access the internet to use windows update, and then when I use the \generalise command in sysprep this will remove said drivers. This would then allow future users to install their own motherboard-specific LAN drivers (and others) on future target machines. Could someone clarify if I'm correct in thinking this? Sorry for the stupid post, I'm new to this :P
Yes, that is absolutely correct. Any drivers you will install in Audit Mode are removed when you Sysprep with the /generalize switch.

About the /generalize switch: when the generalized Windows image is installed / deployed to any computer Windows will do the OOBE phase using generic drivers and then use Windows Update to retrieve hardware specific drivers if the end user will not install them manually.

It is also possible to generalize keeping all drivers adding PersistAllDeviceInstalls component to Generalize pass in answer file with value TRUE:

Code:
<settings pass="generalize"> 
  <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep"> 
    <PersistAllDeviceInstalls>true</PersistAllDeviceInstalls> 
  </component>
This however should only be used when the hardware the image will be deployed is absolutely identical. This warning from Microsoft:

warning   Warning
Avoid using the PersistAllDeviceInstalls setting when the hardware and the hardware configuration on the reference computer are not identical to the destination computers. Even seemingly minor changes to the hardware or hardware configuration can cause severe or easily-overlooked problems. For more information, see the Hardware-configuration changes section of this whitepaper.
(From https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...(v=ws.10).aspx)

Kari
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12 Aug 2015   #136
pringler

Windows Pro x64
 
 

Thanks for your very helpful answer and for replying so quickly I feel much more comfortable now moving forward.
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24 Aug 2015   #137
Dfb

win 7 professional x64
 
 
Creating Pe Boot Disc

Hi, my very first post.
Having followed your tut to the letter, everything has worked except creating the boot disc. To outline i have been using vmware workstation 10, with win7 pro x64. I run siw2 REv21, then shutdown, and then reboot into the PE menu screen as you instruct. But the macrium reflect software is not in the list of programs. It is installed. When the PE creator is working it asks to add macrium to which i add Y. I am using the latest macrium but have also tried a few earlier versions, with the same outcome. The siw2 program i understand to be the latest version, i cannot get access to the version you use in the tut as all other links are deleted.
I,m surely missing something here and after trawling this site i,m hoping you could shed some light. Thanks anyway for another marvellous tutorial.
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24 Aug 2015   #138
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dfb View Post
I,m surely missing something here and after trawling this site i,m hoping you could shed some light.
Hi Dfb, welcome to the Seven Forums.

I think the easiest and fastes solution for you would be to your host computer to download and install Macrium Reflect Free, run it once and follow the on-screen instructions in creating a Macrium boot disk.

That's the method I am currently using, works for 100% sure. Just boot your vm afterwards with the Macrium boot disk and create your image.

Kari
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26 Aug 2015   #139
xcyborg009

Win-7 64 bit
 
 

Have been Using this wonderful forum for years now.. now time for my first post..

Many Thanks Kari for this Great tutorial. Followed this closely and sucessfully created a 'deployable' image..
only difference being I used the Latest Macrium rescue disc instead of siw's Win PE. Have to say I've gone through many tutorials here in this forum but to see many links consolidated was a great help.

Coming to my query( It seems I've read this too somewhere here but unable to find the right post.)

After transferring both the \Users and \ProgramData to D, still a folder \ProgramData remains on C containing two of my programs ie;malwarebytes and microsoft security essentials. Can these be safely deleted?

Thanks in advance.
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