Rodney Buike - Founder and original lazy admin. MVP: System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management

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Windows 7 Sysprep Options

Before capturing your Windows 7 image you need to Sysprep it.  The Sysprep tool hasn’t changed but a reminder of the options is always nice.   In Windows 7 the Sysprep files are located at:

%WINDIR%\System32\sysprep

You can double click the executable or use the command line to seal the system.  The options available are:

  • /audit – This will restart the PC into audit mode which enables you to add applications, drivers, and test the system without making changes to the default user profile
  • /generalize – This will remove all SIDs, clear out any system restore points and clear the event logs as well as resetting the activation grace period.
  • /oobe – This will force the out of box experience upon system restart
  • /reboot – This will reboot the system once the Sysprep command is complete
  • /shutdown – This will shutdown the system once the Sysprep command is complete
  • /quiet – This will run the Sysprep command without any onscreen display
  • /quit – This will close the Sysprep command once it is finished running
  • /unattend: This will apply any settings specified in an unatteded install file

A few examples of how you would use this include:

Sysprep.exe /oobe /generalize /shutdown will prep the image to be captured before deployment

Sysprep.exe /audit /reboot  will reboot the system into audit mode and allow you to make any changes

One thing to note is that you can only generalize a system three (3) times as each time resets the activation grace period and you can only do that three (3) times.

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