Prepare Windows in Audit mode and clone it to smaller harddrive

  1.    17 Apr 2016 #1

    Prepare Windows in Audit mode and clone it to smaller harddrive

    I need to install and configure Windows 10 on my customer's computer, but I will not have much time, so I want to prepare configured Windows with applications installed and only extract image into harddrive.
    I don't have access to target computer right now (it's beeing used), so I need to use virtual machine on my computer for preparation of image.
    I'm able to run Windows 10 in Audit mode and install all applications. Problem is that DISM image can't be extracted to harddrive with different size, or can be?
    Is there a way how to achieve my goal? Is it possible to image installed Windows and extract it to harddrive with different size? Or to install it with Windows installer (add it to install.wim)?

    It would be possible to prepare it with virtual harddrive similar size as physical drive, but every drive is different formatted size, so it's hard.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 15,262
    Windows 10 Pro
       17 Apr 2016 #2

    Hi Dacesilian, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    If it's just one (and up to a dozen or so) PC you need to deploy the image, using a third party imaging app like Macrium instead of MS deployment tools is a good alternative.

    This tutorial shows you exactly how to do that using a virtual machine to create the image, then use Macrium Free to capture and deploy the image: Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums

    See the end of the first video about how to use Macrium (or any other imaging solution) to capture the customized image, then the second video about how to deploy it. Be sure to use smaller virtual machine VHD than the target computer's HDD; the image can be deployed to any hardware with the same size or bigger HDD than the VHD on your technician virtual machine.

      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    17 Apr 2016 #3

    Thank you, Kari.
    I've already done everything including Part Six (Sysprep). So now I will continue with Part Eight and use Macrium.

    I wanted to avoid to use 3rd party software like Macrium, but if is it free, why not. Thank you!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 15,262
    Windows 10 Pro
       17 Apr 2016 #4

    Macrium Reflect Free does remarkable job in this. My recommendation is to use it when the image only needs to be deployed to a few computers.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


Related Threads
Installation & Upgrade Customize Windows 10 Image in Audit Mode with Sysprep in Tutorials
First a quote from Microsoft TechNet: Understanding Audit Mode: The Audit Mode, although originally intended to be used in corporate environment in preparing Windows images for deployment (a fancy geek word ;), installing same image on multiple...
I followed this great tutorial an creating a custom Windows 10 image: Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums Everything worked great and I put the image on several computers and all seemed to be working great...
Win10 Enterprise; suddenly in audit mode? in Installation and Upgrade
Guys, hear me out... VMware ESXi virtual machine. Installed Win10 Enterprise, went into audit mode, did my installs and whatnot. Shut down the machine. Copied that vm and ran sysprep, everything seems just fine and dandy. Activated Windows, put...
Customize in Audit Mode in Installation and Upgrade
I customized my Windows 10 in Audit Mode and created a answer file by the Windows System Image Manager. CopyProfile in the answer file is set on true In the customization I removed the Edge browser Icon and the Windows Store from the Task bar. I...
Sysprep and Audit Mode questions in Installation and Upgrade
I'm noticing some stuff when running sysprep on an image: - I uninstalled OneDrive in Audit Mode, but after generalization it comes right back? Any way to keep it uninstalled? - Windows Updates seemingly gets undone after going to OOBE, and some...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:00.
Find Us