Windows 10: Failure in Sysprep building install image

  1.    22 Oct 2016 #1

    Failure in Sysprep building install image

    I am the manager of a group refurbishing computers for children and needy adults. We were doing Windows 7 until it was stopped. I am trying to build an image in Windows 10 which maintains the look and feel of the Win 7 machine. I have not made any change to anything in the Start Menu (that seems to be a guarantee of failure) and if I am violating any other rules I am missing it.

    I build the image (start from Build 1607) and everything seem to be good until I do sysprep (does not seem to matter whether I use Audit mode or OOBE). The sysprep fails every time, the first warning message is always the same (dwRet = 0x2). When we finally get to the Error messages I am getting a message about Twitter not being provisioned for all users, however I have not selected Twitter in any action I have taken.

    The only thing I am doing which gives me pause is that I have used a Windows 10 license s that I can do some desktop personalization which is not possible without activation. Could this be causing all my problems?
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       23 Oct 2016 #2

    Hi Ehkaplan, welcome to Ten Forums.

    First, sysprep fails far more often when done on a physical machine than when done on a virtual machine, Also sysprepping an existing Windows installation in normal mode fails more often than sysprepping a fresh, clean install of Windows in Audit Mode.

    This tutorial will show you how to setup and use Hyper-V virtual machine as a technician machine to prepare a Windows 10 deployment image: Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums

    A video from said tutorial:

    Second, Windows 10 on technician machine which is only installed for preparing a deployment image does not have to be activated in order to do the personalisations. You have some nice and easy workarounds for this.

    An example: to set your personalised theme, colours, screensaver and such, use an activated Windows 10. Customise the theme and other visual aspects, apply it, right click and select Save theme for sharing:

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    Now simply copy the saved theme file to your unactivated Windows 10 technician machine and apply it (double click applies a theme file).

    Screenshot below showing unactivated Windows, Settings app telling I would need to activate before being able to personalise, which I have worked around by bringing a theme file with background, colours, screensaver and so on from another Windows 10 machine:

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    All file explorer settings can be personalised also in an unactivated Windows 10.

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