Changes lost after sysprep


  1. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
       #1

    Changes lost after sysprep


    I was creating an image for mass distribution of windows 10.
    I hid the search box and removed taskview, email, app store and news icons from the taskbar.
    I was in audit mode, and I enabled the local admin account.
    After running sysprep with generalize and then shutting down the system I captured the image using DSIM.
    When I applied the image the search box and icons I removed before sysysprep were back on the tack bar.
    Is there any way to hide the search box and remove icons from the task bar so that they do not come back after running sysprep and capturing the image?
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  2. Posts : 18,034
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #2

    Hello @zimboy,

    @hsehestedt is excellent at this sort of thing [ among others of course ]. He will see your post as I have mentioned him and MAY be able to help you.

    I hope this helps.
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  3. Posts : 6,397
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #3

    How did you enter sysprep, during installation or under Windows user?

    I hid the search box and removed task view, email, app store and news icons from the taskbar.

    When you applied the image did it came back to OOBE or to sysprep?
    Remember that, when running Syprep you're as administrator, and you have hid the search box and removed taskview, email, app store and news icons from the administrator taskbar. If you create a user after exiting sysprep, the new user will have the default taskbar.
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  4. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    So, is there any way to set up the system in audit mode so that new users will have these features hidden?
    It sounds like even creating a new user instead of enabling the local admin account won't help either.
    After I apply the image and log on as a new user, Windows 10 has to set up everything for the new user.
    As far as I know there is no way around this as it needs to set up the new user's profile.
    This were you get the just a moment messages and well as we are almost done etc.
    This is when all that was hidden re-appears.
    I was hoping not to have to make any changes to the logon script or use group policies to keep these items hidden.
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  5. Posts : 4,161
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2
       #5

    Paul, thanks for alerting me.

    Question: At what point are you entering into audit mode? Are you stepping through setup of Windows and then entering audit mode after Windows has copied files to the HDD and then started the OOBE (Out Of Box Experience). Put another way, this is setup asks for the region info after files have been copied, not when it asks for region settings right near the start of setup.
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  6. Posts : 6,397
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #6

    Megahertz said:
    How did you enter sysprep, during installation or under Windows user?
    You didn't answer my question

    windows 10 new user template - Google Search
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  7. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    I started by installing Windows 10 from a USB stick.
    Once the install was completed the system rebooted.
    When it got to the region settings, I went into audit mode using the key combination.
    Once Audit mode came up I enable the local admin account rebooted the system and when it came back up into audit mode I verified the admin account was still enabled and then I made my changes.
    When the changes were completed, I rebooted once more and when the system came back up in audit mode Iran sysprep -generalize and shutdown.
    Then I captured the image using DISM.
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  8. Posts : 4,161
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2
       #8

    It took me a little while, but I found what I was looking for. I usually leave the taskbar alone, so I had forgotten how to do this. Take a look at this and see if this helps you. You may need to read several messages in that thread starting with the one linked to below:

    Customize Windows 10 Image in Audit Mode with Sysprep
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  9. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Followed the link and went through the messages and found what I was looking for.
    The only thing I could not find was how to add the changes to the unattend.xml file which would be a big help.
    Trying to find that piece and then I well test.
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