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Windows 7: cannot load partition after attempting to start audit mode

07 Feb 2016   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
cannot load partition after attempting to start audit mode

Hi all,

First time posting

Please allow me to explain my scenario. I have a Dell Optiplex 3020 with a single partition (running windows 7 pro 32bit). I wanted to create my own image of this computer (not the one that was already loaded) so I shrank the volume of the existing partition and created a new partition. I now had a dual boot setup. After that, I installed windows (windows 7 pro 64bit) onto the newly created partition, configured to my liking then ran sysprep. I selected to enter system audit mode, ticked generalise and then selected to reboot. After sysprep finished doing its thing and restarted, it would no longer boot into this partition. As has happened in the past (when working with a non dual boot system) I was expecting it to boot in as an administrator so I can delete the temp profile and enter OOBE. What happening instead was that I could no longer get into the partition I was trying to enter in system audit mode. It selected to load by default, but it reverts back to the original partition. I suspect I have missed a step I was not sure I had to do when attempting the sysprep a dual boot system. Can someone lease help?

Thanking you in advance.

Regards, Joe

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07 Feb 2016   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Why did you create another partition and system just to run sysprep on it, what`s the point/intention ?

If you`re not happy why not just do a clean install ?
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07 Feb 2016   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64


The partition/image that was on there, I did not want (to use in the future). In the future, I plan to wipe off that partition and only have on there the new image I want to create. For the time being, that original image is still being used and must remain in tact. My idea was to shrink the volume, create a new partition, create my image, delete the new partition, extend back the volume. This would mean the original partition was back to normal, and I had my new image that I could deploy as soon as I needed to. I know I have a habit of understanding something in my mind but not explaining it very well, so I hope that makes sense!
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11 Feb 2016   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

Bump. Anyone had experience with my scenario?

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