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Skip Windows Welcome

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  • I'm in a corporate environment and we DO NOT want our users to go through the Windows Welcome. There are no local accounts as everyone is required to log in to the domain. Everything I read says to OOBE as the last step, but this removes most of the custom settings I configured.

    So how do I make a generalized image that doesn't undo what I've done? I understand the need to reseal but what good is it to configure settings only to erase them?

    Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:06 PM

Answers

  • OOBE is the last step if you so desire, you do not require OOBE. In a corporate environment OOBE is almost never enabled because that contradicts what is required for most corporate environment. If you do not want the Windows Welcome to appear you should not run Sysprep with the /OOBE switch.

    Option Description

    /audit

    Restarts the computer into audit mode. Audit mode enables you to add additional drivers or applications to Windows. You can also test an installation of Windows before it is sent to an end user.

    If an unattended Windows setup file is specified, the audit mode of Windows Setup runs the auditSystem and auditUser configuration passes.

    /generalize

    Prepares the Windows installation to be imaged. If this option is specified, all unique system information is removed from the Windows installation. The security ID (SID) resets, any system restore points are cleared, and event logs are deleted.

    The next time the computer starts, the specialize configuration pass runs. A new security ID (SID) is created, and the clock for Windows activation resets, if the clock has not already been reset three times.

    /oobe

    Restarts the computer into Windows Welcome mode. Windows Welcome enables end users to customize their Windows operating system, create user accounts, name the computer, and other tasks. Any settings in the oobeSystem configuration pass in an answer file are processed immediately before Windows Welcome starts.

    /reboot

    Restarts the computer. Use this option to audit the computer and to verify that the first-run experience operates correctly.

    /shutdown

    Shuts down the computer after Sysprep completes.

    /quiet

    Runs Sysprep without displaying on-screen confirmation messages. Use this option if you automate Sysprep.

    /quit

    Closes Sysprep after running the specified commands.

    /unattend:answerfile

    Applies settings in an answer file to Windows during unattended installation.

    answerfile

    Specifies the path and file name of the answer file to use.

    Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721973(v=ws.10).aspx and Sysprep Technical Reference

    Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:44 PM
  • I'm in a corporate environment and we DO NOT want our users to go through the Windows Welcome. There are no local accounts as everyone is required to log in to erthe domain. Everything I read says to OOBE as the last step, but this removes most of the custom settings I configured.

    So how do I make a generalized image that doesn't undo what I've done? I understand the need to reseal but what good is it to configure settings only to erase them?

    All you need to do is to use Sysprep /generalize /oobe /reboor|shutdown /Unattend:Path_of _Unattend_file.xml
    The unattend file will contain the settings for the COPYPROFILE=True, in this way you will get your customizations there and get the generalized image.

    You can read the following article to get more understanding how you can use unattend file:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973289

    Also if you read the WAIK documentation, you will find the guide for how to build answer file and how to skip welcome screen.

    Here is one more , easy to use guide:
    http://theitbros.com/sysprep-a-windows-7-machine-%E2%80%93-start-to-finish


    N.A.Malik

    Thursday, March 08, 2012 6:27 AM

All replies

  • OOBE is the last step if you so desire, you do not require OOBE. In a corporate environment OOBE is almost never enabled because that contradicts what is required for most corporate environment. If you do not want the Windows Welcome to appear you should not run Sysprep with the /OOBE switch.

    Option Description

    /audit

    Restarts the computer into audit mode. Audit mode enables you to add additional drivers or applications to Windows. You can also test an installation of Windows before it is sent to an end user.

    If an unattended Windows setup file is specified, the audit mode of Windows Setup runs the auditSystem and auditUser configuration passes.

    /generalize

    Prepares the Windows installation to be imaged. If this option is specified, all unique system information is removed from the Windows installation. The security ID (SID) resets, any system restore points are cleared, and event logs are deleted.

    The next time the computer starts, the specialize configuration pass runs. A new security ID (SID) is created, and the clock for Windows activation resets, if the clock has not already been reset three times.

    /oobe

    Restarts the computer into Windows Welcome mode. Windows Welcome enables end users to customize their Windows operating system, create user accounts, name the computer, and other tasks. Any settings in the oobeSystem configuration pass in an answer file are processed immediately before Windows Welcome starts.

    /reboot

    Restarts the computer. Use this option to audit the computer and to verify that the first-run experience operates correctly.

    /shutdown

    Shuts down the computer after Sysprep completes.

    /quiet

    Runs Sysprep without displaying on-screen confirmation messages. Use this option if you automate Sysprep.

    /quit

    Closes Sysprep after running the specified commands.

    /unattend:answerfile

    Applies settings in an answer file to Windows during unattended installation.

    answerfile

    Specifies the path and file name of the answer file to use.

    Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721973(v=ws.10).aspx and Sysprep Technical Reference

    Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:44 PM
  • I'm in a corporate environment and we DO NOT want our users to go through the Windows Welcome. There are no local accounts as everyone is required to log in to erthe domain. Everything I read says to OOBE as the last step, but this removes most of the custom settings I configured.

    So how do I make a generalized image that doesn't undo what I've done? I understand the need to reseal but what good is it to configure settings only to erase them?

    All you need to do is to use Sysprep /generalize /oobe /reboor|shutdown /Unattend:Path_of _Unattend_file.xml
    The unattend file will contain the settings for the COPYPROFILE=True, in this way you will get your customizations there and get the generalized image.

    You can read the following article to get more understanding how you can use unattend file:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973289

    Also if you read the WAIK documentation, you will find the guide for how to build answer file and how to skip welcome screen.

    Here is one more , easy to use guide:
    http://theitbros.com/sysprep-a-windows-7-machine-%E2%80%93-start-to-finish


    N.A.Malik

    Thursday, March 08, 2012 6:27 AM