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Win7 Audit Mode settings not staying after doing a sysprep

Posted on 2014-04-09
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I built an image of Win7 64bit to deploy out to desktops in my environment.
1. I have the OS on Audit Mode and install updates/software and make changes to settings for the OS/apps as these come out.
2. After I run the sysprep on the Audit mode OS, capture the syspreped img, then install the syspreped img on new machines ready to be deployed, I find that many settings have to be re-applied. These settings include.

a. I have to re-activate Windows
b. I have to re-activate Office 2010
c. Two boxes that I unchecked for the Windows Update get re-checked and Install new updates should have been set to Every Thursday; but it get reverted back to daily (althouh on this scrnshot it does say Thursday; but for my main img it does not)(The boxes just below - Recommended updates and Who can install updates)(See screenshot).

BTW... The sysprep command I'm using is:
sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:unattend.xml
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I have prepped a dozen or so models for sysprep and the Windows Update settings always reset and any updates I have set to hide (IE 10 & 11 for my environment) will try to reinstall if I do not join it to the domain as soon as the image is deployed.
I am unsure if there is a way to prevent this as the sysprep "resets" those settings.

As far as points a and b go, you can specify those in your unattend file. I followed the following guide and added lines to activate Windows (explained line by line in the article). I added the activation of office by adding lines to run the ospp.vbs script (located  somewhere within the office program or program (x86) directory) along with my volume activation key.
http://theitbros.com/sysprep-a-windows-7-machine-start-to-finish-v2/
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