Originally Posted by MikeNomad
NO and YES.
No, that is not normal and does never happen when a user follows the instructions given in tutorial.
Yes, that is normal and happens often when user does not follow the instructions given in tutorial.
Windows starting back to Audit Mode and showing the Sysprep dialog means that you have not followed the instructions, not told Sysprep to exit Audit Mode and next time when started start in Windows OOBE Mode.
I suggest you start from scratch, this time following the instructions in the tutorial. Especially if a certain procedure is not familiar to you, it is important to follow the instructions given in order they are given. Read every step carefully, if watching the videos pause it often to think what you have seen, go back and play again if something was not clear.
There are no unnecessary steps or instructions in the tutorial, the procedure will fail if you decide something like "Oh that step / command must not be important, I'll skip it / do it differently".
Install Windows, boot to Audit Mode with CTRL + SHIFT + F3 from first setup dialog (Custom settings / Express settings). When in Audit Mode desktop, close the Sysprep dialog as told in tutorial step 2.2:
Customize Windows (tutorial parts 3 through 5). Open an admin command prompt as told in step 6.1, jump to Sysprep folder as told in step 6.2, then run sysprep as told with this command:
The Windows System Preparation Tool
(later in tutorial Sysprep
) dialog is automatically shown when Windows enters the Audit Mode. For our purposes now we need to close it without running it. Click Cancel
to close the dialog.
sysprep.exe /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:E:\customize.xml
The first highlight in above command (/oobe) tells system to start in normal mode, Windows setup mode OOBE when Windows will be started next time.
The latter highlight in above command shows where you enter the path and name of your answer file.
Now boot with Macrium boot disk and capture / create the image for deployment as told in tutorial (Part 7 if the image will never be deployed / restored to any other PC than the one you have been working with, Part 8 if your intention is to deploy & restore the image to other computers, too).