Windows 10: Customize Windows 10 Image in Audit Mode with Sysprep
Just wanted to say big THANKS for well made and super well explained video!!! Really appreciate it and can't wait to try it out!!
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I did not know in which thread I should write my question about Windows Updates in Audit Mode.
I boot my device in Audit Mode and installed some programs, made some personalized settings. Then I copied the answer file created on my PC in the sysprep folder. But now I want to install the big update 1511 and the other updates, because I have to establish 25 devices next week and the windows updates take long time.
In the internet I found the possibilty to install these updates with Windows PowerShell (copy PSWindowsUpdates into PowerShell folder) but I got some errors when I try to install them...
Is there another way to install the updates in Audit Mode (Windows 10)?
I have to admit I am not completely understanding you now. Let's break this in two parts, installing 1511 or any other upgrade, and install Windows updates.
First, you cannot upgrade Windows in Audit Mode. Anyway, it would be pointless; why on earth install for example the original Windows 10 Build 10240 and then upgrade it to 10586 (TH2 version 1511) when in Audit Mode, when it's far more easier to install the exact version and build you want to deploy on your technician machine, boot it to Audit Mode, customize and finally sysprep it.
Short: if you want to deploy 1511, install 1511 and customize it in Audit Mode.
OK. Next, the updates. When you boot to Audit Mode on your technician computer, simply run Windows Update to make it up to date before customizing and sysprepping.
Thanks for your response.
The problem is we got a Recovery Stick from manufacturer. So the process is to boot the device, boot into Audit Mode and customize the image (with our programs, Windows Updates, Desktop customization, etc.). Then sysprep and shutdown. After this I boot from Recovery Stick (WinPE) and capture the image with DISM to an external NTFS USB-Stick. At the end I have to split the .WIM file into < 4 GB .SWM files. The last step is to replace the original .SWM files on the Recovery Stick with the new ones I captured/splitted.
I don't see how this changes the process?
Use a technician machine, install the required version / build. Run Windows Update, customize, install software, sysprep. Boot with WinPE, capture the image. Deploy.
The data of the 29th July is coming and we want to migrate our infrastructure to Windows 10 for free. That's why I'm trying to do a Windows 10 syspreped image with customized parameters using the copy profile option.
First of all, I'm using the following ISO to create my SYSPREP: SW_DVD5_Win_Pro_10_1511_64BIT_English_MLF_X20-82416.
When booting in Audit Mode, I immediately do all the updates to have an up-to-date Windows 10 installation. Once it's done, after rebooting, I have activated the "Defer upgrades" option.
Then I'm doing all the changes I need (modification of background, IE welcome page, scheduled tasks, etc) and then I created my sysprep with an unattend XML file which has the "Copy Profile" parameter set to "True".
After deploying I noticed:
- Problems with the "Desktop" icon in the "Quick Access" section which tries to go in the "Administrator" account (which is disabled after deployment).
- Problems with IE which freezes when accessing several websites.
I absolutely need to find workarounds for this and I already found these articles:
Copyprofile, IE11 crash on Windows 10 | beanexpert for IE problem
Users cant access the desktop and other resources through Quick Access in Windows 10 | Ask the Core Team for "Desktop" icon problem
However, I think that it's not easy to solve!
Can you help me? Are there any news about these problems? Did the last Windows Updates resolve these bugs?
Once thing is sure, I would like to avoid not using the "Copy Profile" function.
Last edited by DeltaSM; 03 Jun 2016 at 08:43.
- Problems with "Desktop" icon in "Quick Access" section seems to be solved after doing Windows Updates before SYSPREP.
- For IE, I just did a simple batch that I've to execute once I'm logged for the first time.
icacls %userprofile%\appdata\locallow /setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)L
icacls %userprofile%\appdata\locallow\microsoft /setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)L
icacls "%userprofile%\appdata\locallow\microsoft\Internet Explorer" /setintegritylevel (OI)(CI)L
rmdir /s /q C:\Users\Default\AppData\LocalLow
I tried to use an automatic way to do it with "FirstLogonCommands" but it doesn't work...
I also tried to put the script in: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp but it still doesn't work.
So I have to do it manually.
Do you have an idea how I can schedule these commands on first logon (automatic logon in unattend configuration file)?
Is it normal that the commands don't work in FirstLogonCommands? All other commands that are in my script are working...
I have attempted to customize the Default users profile by using copyprofile just like the tutorial shows but once the sysprep is complete the Start and Search buttons no long work. I've done a lot of searching but I am unable to find any answers to why this is happening. Would anyone here have any idea what I may be doing wrong?
Thanks for your help.
Answer file to apply customisations and relocate user folders.
I asked in your thread about relocating user folders if it was possible to customise Windows 10 as per this tutorial and also have the user folders redirected as shown in your other guide and, if so, how to achieve this. You didn't offer any specific instructions, but just referred me back to this tutorial:
I started with a basic Windows 10 install on one of the PCs to make a 'technician' machine then used your guides on Hyper-V to create a new virtual machine on which to customise Windows. I added an extra virtual disk for D drive to which I copied all necessary install files, Windows ISO, ADK files etc., plus a copy of my previously used relocate.xml file for reference. All went well and I'm glad I used Hyper-V for this as it's so much easier taking snapshots along the way.
Once in Audit Mode I did some basic Windows customisations, ran Windows Update and installed some basic programs. I then installed the ADK to create the answer file and added some 'corporate' details as per your example, but I'm now left with an answer file that doesn't include the instructions relevant to the folder relocation - I can see this by comparing it with the sample relocate.xml file used before. I'm sure if I knew what I was doing I could edit/combine the two, but I'm not so I need some help here.
Did I miss something in the tutorial? How do I end up with one answer file that incorporates my customisations and relocates the user folders?
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