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  1. BlueShark's Avatar
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       #810

    hsehestedt said:
    BlueShark, I'm a bit unclear as to why it is that you say you needed to add that MetaData section. What issue is that intended to resolve?
    Before adding the metadata I got this page during the installation process:

    Create media for automated unattended install of Windows 10-62854682.png

    I assume because the ISO I was using included all versions of Windows 11. Without implying which one to install Windows would not know. I guess?
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  2. hsehestedt's Avatar
    Posts : 2,457
    Windows 11 Pro, 21H2
       #811

    EDIT: Updated because I had some incorrect info

    Ahh, I see. Thanks for the clarification.

    That is the reason for supplying a generic installation key in your answer file. As an example, if you supply a key for Windows 11 Pro, it knows that you want to install the Pro edition of Windows 11 and therefore will not need to stop and ask you to select an edition.

    NOTE: You can still use the Windows 10 generic key but I'm trying to determine if there are any new generic keys for Win 11.

    Windows 10 Pro: VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

    See step 3.9 of Kari's tutorial for details.

    I'm trying to determine if there are some new generic keys for Windows 11, if I find any I will post an update.

    I hope that this helps!
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  3. BlueShark's Avatar
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       #812

    I see. I was under the impression that "generic keys" were meant for KMS-server activation only. Anyhow, since we don't have a generic key for Windows 11 yet perhaps this suffices a workaround for now. Thanks for the feedback. Very appreciated ��
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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows
       #813

    Great tutorial Kari.

    I found it a little late, I had already setup one unattend.xml with both parts, so it's all good on that part. The question is if I have to redo everything or can I start sysprep inside the reference machine at this stage when all software are installed and then boot up WinPE and run the sysprep command to get the image?

    Thanks
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  5. hsehestedt's Avatar
    Posts : 2,457
    Windows 11 Pro, 21H2
       #814

    fredman, welcome to TenForums!

    I hope you don't mind my jumping in.

    You can certainly run sysprep after you have installed all your apps. In fact, that's kind of the point. You configure your reference system with all the changes that you wish to make, including the installation of applications, then you sysprep it, followed by creation of an image.

    However, you should be doing all of this in Audit Mode. If you are no longer in Audit Mode and you have allowed the system to boot normally, then in that case you will want to go back and recreate your reference system.

    TIP: There are a lot of good reasons to create your reference system as a VM. At least for me, this is a personal preference. Most notably is the fact that you can create checkpoints (the Hyper-V term) or snapshots (the VMware term) at various points along the way. For example, I like to do something like this:

    1) Install Windows in the VM.
    2) Take a snapshot after Windows is installed.
    3) Make all my changes to settings and customizations within Windows that I want.
    4) Take another snapshot.
    5) Install all my apps.
    6) Take another snapshot.
    7) Place all my assets prior to sysprep (runonce.bat, unattend.xml answer file, etc.)
    8) Just before running sysprep, you guessed it, take another snapshot.
    9) Create my new install.wim image file.
    10) Reboot the reference system normally and copy the install.wim to another location.

    By creating the snapshots, I can roll back to any of those points in time, should I need to do so. For example, if a new version of one of my applications is released, I can roll back and install that latest version so that I have an up-to-date image.

    Hope this helps!
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  6. RuLich's Avatar
    Posts : 71
    Windows 10 21H2/Windows 11 21H2 (22000.100)
       #815

    Yes, that's exactly what I do

    Create media for automated unattended install of Windows 10-snapshot.jpg
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  7. Posts : 2
    Windows
       #816

    hsehestedt said:
    fredman, welcome to TenForums!

    I hope you don't mind my jumping in.

    You can certainly run sysprep after you have installed all your apps. In fact, that's kind of the point. You configure your reference system with all the changes that you wish to make, including the installation of applications, then you sysprep it, followed by creation of an image.

    However, you should be doing all of this in Audit Mode. If you are no longer in Audit Mode and you have allowed the system to boot normally, then in that case you will want to go back and recreate your reference system.

    TIP: There are a lot of good reasons to create your reference system as a VM. At least for me, this is a personal preference. Most notably is the fact that you can create checkpoints (the Hyper-V term) or snapshots (the VMware term) at various points along the way. For example, I like to do something like this:

    1) Install Windows in the VM.
    2) Take a snapshot after Windows is installed.
    3) Make all my changes to settings and customizations within Windows that I want.
    4) Take another snapshot.
    5) Install all my apps.
    6) Take another snapshot.
    7) Place all my assets prior to sysprep (runonce.bat, unattend.xml answer file, etc.)
    8) Just before running sysprep, you guessed it, take another snapshot.
    9) Create my new install.wim image file.
    10) Reboot the reference system normally and copy the install.wim to another location.

    By creating the snapshots, I can roll back to any of those points in time, should I need to do so. For example, if a new version of one of my applications is released, I can roll back and install that latest version so that I have an up-to-date image.

    Hope this helps!
    Thanks for the tips, I'll try this method. The problem was that i did everything outside of audit mode but I'll give the VM approach a go.
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