Windows 10: Activation and sys prep

  1. PaulaJava's Avatar
    Posts : 35
    Windows 10 Enterprise 64 bit
       06 Nov 2017 #1

    Activation and sys prep

    I am creating a Windows 10 64 bit LTSB 2016 image and I am going to do a copy profile. I want my default profile to have a customized Start menu. With personal folder, file explorer, etc on the left side. So I activated it. When I run copy profile (sys prep) do I need to deactivate it first or will sys prep do that for me? :)
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  2. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 15,054
    Windows 10 Pro
       06 Nov 2017 #2

    You should never activate Windows on reference machine used to build Windows image to be captured for deployment. Never.

    In any case, you must use generalize switch with Sysprep if you want to make image hardware independent and / or use CopyProfile = True setting to copy your customizations to default user profile. Generalizing automatically removes any used product key and license, activation status will be reset to Not activated. No deployed Windows instance using that image will be activated, even your reference machine loses its activation.

    You can enter your MAK volume licensing key in answer file (settings pass 4 Sepcialize > Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup_neutral > ProductKey) to get deployed Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB licensed and activated on each machine.

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  3. PaulaJava's Avatar
    Posts : 35
    Windows 10 Enterprise 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       08 Nov 2017 #3

    Wow. Thank you for sharing your expertise with me. This is an awesome forum. You're right. I gave it a try anyways. It did remove the activation but also, my custom start menu and taskbar didn't keep. I really wish they didn't do that. Restrict us from customizing those.
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