How can I make sysprep work for windows 8.1

Posted on 2014-02-18
Last Modified: 2014-02-28
I have created a pristine image of Windows 8.1 will all of the requisite applications and updates. Now I want to image the machine for mass production in my WORKGROUP environment. The reason I want to sysprep is because there may come a time when these machines will join active directory and I want the sids or guids  (not sure what the nomenclature is) are unique. Please see the following screen shots and help me figure out what to to. I am also providing the log file.

Here is the log file:


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by:Rich Weissler
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Always a challenge to confirm these sorts of things when I can't touch the system... and I'm sure you've already googled, but just to spit back out what I found:
Confirm that Bitlocker isn't turned on the system.
Check in BIOS that TPM and PTT are not turned on.  Both, I gather, are hardware encryption platforms to protect the system... and can interfere with sysprep.
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the reason is in the log file
Sysprep will not run on an upgraded OS. You can only run Sysprep on a custom (clean) install version of Windows.

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Good luck with your project, and yes you're rigth, when you will have one file server is time to build a domain.


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Not to be argumentative, but this was a clean install. I downloaded from our volume license site the iso and put it on a usb drive and did an absolute clean install, format and all. What do you attribute the log file saying that it is an upgrade when it actually isn't.
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Couldn't I simply bypass sysprep and just use my clonezilla , which allways gives me great results and simply call it a day. These machines are not going on the domain and will remain on a workgroup so, syspreping shouldn't be an issue. Even if I do decide to put the machines on a domain, cant I simply run an app that enumerates my computers and determines if new sids need to be generated.
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A clean install means boot from cd, else windows will note that is a upgrade.
here you have a discution about cloned pc on domain
And here you have a tool that change the sid, but is not verified on Windows 8.1 so you can use it on your risk (on a non critical PC) (the  newsid.txt file should be renamed on newsid.exe)
You can verify using psgetsid if the SID was changed


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booting from a flash drive is the same as booting from a CD. I am wiping the entire machine, in both cases, so whats the big difference??
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