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Windows 7: How to put the computer to out of the box state

23 Jun 2012   #1

windows 7 home premium 64bit
How to put the computer to out of the box state


I did this in windows xp a while back, when you are building a pc for someone you install windows, install all the drivers and install all of the important software for it then you can
put the computer to "out of the box" state so when it is turned on the next time it will ask the next user for usernames and initial setup configurations.

Is there a way to do something like that on windows 7 or am i just dreaming again?

Please help!!

Thanks in advance.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jun 2012   #2


Hi Birupesh, welcome to the Seven Forums.

This tutorial might answer your question: Windows 7 Installation - Prepare PC to be Sold

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jun 2012   #3

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Thank you bud. If you were in new zealand i would buy you a beer.

However is it possible to invoke the out of box experience without installing a clean windows again? I bougt a samsung laptop for a friend. I dont know whether if it is because the laptop is old or because samsung is "weird" when i restore the laptop to factory settings it already has a username called "user" on it. I have already installed all the latest update to it so i would rather not install windows again.

So is it possible or am i just trying to be too nice to my friend?

Thanks again though. You a legend.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Jun 2012   #4


Let me check the flights, a beer is worth some efforts

Yes, it's possible. Do like this:

Start SysPrep as told in that tutorial step 9. Boot to Audit Mode by selecting Enter System Audit Mode and Reboot and then clicking OK as shown in this image:

How to put the computer to out of the box state-boot_audit_1.png

PC reboots now, entering a so called Audit Mode. Delete everything you want to, for instance that account called User.

Again, start SysPrep. This time select Enter System out-of-Box Experience (OOBE) and Shut Down, check the box Generalize as shown in this image:

How to put the computer to out of the box state-oobe_generalize.png

This syspreps your PC, generalizing it:

Note   Note
What does Sysprep generalizing do to my Windows 7 setup?
  • All system specific information is removed or uninstalled
  • Security ID (SID) of your hardware setup is reseted
  • All system restore points are deleted
  • All event logs are deleted
  • All personalization is removed (taskbar, toolbars, folder options, start orb etc.)
  • Built-in administrator account is disabled (if it was enabled) and needs to be later re-enabled if again needed

What happens when booting first time after sysprep generalizing?
  • First boot configuration (OOBE) is run
  • New SID is created
  • Re-arm counter is reseted if not already re-armed three times
  • Windows 7 is booted using first boot default drivers and settings

That's it.

Additional reading: Understanding Audit Mode


My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Jun 2012   #5

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Thank you bud.

2 beers from me if you wake up one day and find yourself in New Zealand.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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