Being back from vacation, I wanted to go ahead to move my ProgramData and Users back to the c:\ for the win10 upgrade. As I perform the sysprep command to get into audit mode, I get "A fatal error occurred while trying..." error. Research has led me to another win7forums thread where you write that sysprep can only be done on fresh win7 installs... Is there any way around this?
Hi Kari, I think I read all the posts, but I just can't get the point:
What do I need the system image for, which you recommend to create at the very beginning of your tutorial? Is this just a backup, in case syspreping fails or is it used anywhere else in the process?
I want to perform a clean install. So my thought was: Can I simply:
1) Create the answer file and store it in D:
2) Create an install media (USB or DVD) from the MS Media Creation Tool
3) Also create an ISO and mount it as described in post # 99 in another partition (...then C: or D
4) Run the installation up to the "Setting" screen
5) Change to Audit mode and then Sysprep
If for whatever reason the process fails, I would just start over again. So: What do I need the system image for?
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My recommendation to create an image before doing this is only based on those countless posts here and our sister sites the Seven Forums and the Eight Forums where a member has read this or any other tutorial, has done something wrong not following the instructions to the letter, and comes back to post "I've lost everything, my computer does not work anymore!".
If you someday come back and post something like that not knowing how to proceed, asking advice, I tell you to restore the image you created as recommended and try again, this time following the instructions to the letter. If at that point you tell me you don't have an image, I will remind you why the recommendation to create an image was posted and ask you to reinstall.
In scenario like the one you described it's not a big deal just to reinstall. But: some members do this on an existing system with loads of software installed and personal data stored. Losing that hurts when there's no backup to restore.
I have just sone this, both during install and after install and both times the start menu and search have stoppe working. Does anyone have an idea on how to fix it, or if reverting back will fix the issue?
Hi Pwatt, welcome to the Ten Forums.
- Which build are you using? The RTM build 10240, or later Insider builds 10525 or 10532?
- Did you install Windows without network connection as told in the beginning of the tutorial, only connecting to the network when in Audit Mode?
- Are you using a local account or an MS account?
- If you create a new user account after you have booted first time to desktop with your initial account, do the Start and Search work using those new accounts?
My start menu isn't working after doing this. I used method 2.