Prepare Windows in Audit mode and clone it to smaller harddrive

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    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.
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  2. Posts : 17,661
    Windows 10 Pro

    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.

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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    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!
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  4. Posts : 17,661
    Windows 10 Pro

    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.
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