I have 15 brand new HP laptops with Win 7 x64 downgrade preinstalled. I’m looking to remove bloatware, install all required software and otherwise customize one laptop and then image and then deploy to the remaining laptops.
So I fired up one and entered into Audit mode. I then updated, uninstalled bloatware, installed required software and updates, customized, etc. and then ran sysprep with a pretty basic answer file that I know works. Everything goes smooth (no errors) and the machine shuts down after sysprep is complete.
I fire up the machine to make sure everything took. It goes through the oobe, however it appears that none of my answer file was being applied because it’s prompting for language, time zone, new user, etc. which it shouldn’t be. I thought maybe I screwed up on the name of the file or when I put it in the command line; I checked and I didn’t.
On top of going through the oobe without processing my unattend.xml, when I get to the desktop of my new user (because I have to create one during oobe setup), the default profile which I customized in Audit Mode was never copied over as it should have been; it’s back to the OEM look.
I feel like there is an OEM answer file or some sort of setup file that is being processed instead of the one I specify when performing sysprep.
Also….I’m kind of stuck because then I thought “I’ll just do a clean install of Windows 7, then sysprep and deploy”…but the Activation key is embedded in BIOS and I don’t know how activation works without the OEM setup pulling the key from the BIOS.
Attached is my unattend.xml below just in case