Image Prep using Windows Virtual PC and Sysprep

I create the images that we deploy in our organization. Since the images are Windows 7 or Vista I am not so concerned with specific drivers yet...Recently I have started using Windows Virtual PC to create the images then sysprep....while setting up the vm i configured the "BIOS" to boot off the network first but after sysprep it reverts to booting off the hdd first.....which goes right into the oobe. Is there another way to force the Windows Virtual PC to BIOS or maybe a one time boot menu? I have been holding delete which should send it to BIOS but it is not working....
jaytwillAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

jaytwillAuthor Commented:
thanks for the info...that is the same blog I used to change the boot order before I ran sysprep. Sysprep on the vm though changed it to the default order.
0
merowingerCommented:
I normally used ESC, F8 or F12 to get the boot menu
0
The 7 Worst Nightmares of a Sysadmin

Fear not! To defend your business’ IT systems we’re going to shine a light on the seven most sinister terrors that haunt sysadmins. That way you can be sure there’s nothing in your stack waiting to go bump in the night.

jaytwillAuthor Commented:
esc tried to close Windows Virtual PC progam itself. F8 and F12 did nothing. For good measure I kept running running back and forth from F2 through F12 and delete but nothing ever interuppted the boot sequence
0
merowingerCommented:
first you have to click quickly into the machine window
0
jaytwillAuthor Commented:
LOL yeah I have been doing that.
0
jaytwillAuthor Commented:
turns out i needed to wait longer....once the OOBE progresses to a certain point it is possible to choose restart from the action menu....which then boots to the network
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows 7

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.