Sysprep Windows 7 OEM style only with preset user account and settings?
Posted on 2011-04-27
This is going to sound a little odd, but hear me out.
End goal: to have a sysprepped image file (ghost, Acronis, etc) of a specific hardware configuration that INCLUDED settings for usernames passwords and config settings like IP addresses. these machines are to be sold in a commercial environment that does not acutally have a user at the desktop. it only acts to provide a simple app to run and network. It does require two NICs, one on the inside (that I want to make static) and another that can be dynamic or static.
Before i get all the "why windows" questions, let me just say it is what I have to deal with at the moment. I need the machines to be differnet in their IDs and license codes etc, but the same otherwise. all same hardware.
I have done the sysprep steps and everything is cool untill the oobe cycle clobers everything. I have heard about running scripts in the SetupCompete.cmd file, but I wonder how affective that is for thinkgs like user accounts and startup groups etc. I have been at this for a week and I fear that is long enough to be down the wrong road.