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Windows 10 Feature Updates in Audit Mode

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I am working on creating and maintaining a Windows image for deploying Windows 10 Enterprise in my organization. I'd like to utilize an answer file so that I can continually update the image as new Windows updates come out, without encountering the rearm limit that limits you to only 3 Syspreps. The issue that I'm running into is when I attempt to download and install a "Feature Update" for Windows 10, I'm getting an error message "Windows 10 couldn't be installed. You can't install Windows while running in Audit Mode." I tried using PowerShell to install updates, and while I was able to get more updates, it still failed on the Feature Update.

Does anyone know of a work around? It seems counterproductive to not allow system builders to install major updates in Audit Mode.

Thanks,
Taryn
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
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Always use a Virtual Machine
snapshot before sysprep
restore from snapshot after capture.
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I understand what you're saying about creating a snapshot before Sysprep to eliminate the reactivation/rearm limit, but that still doesn't resolve the issue of being unable to install major Windows 10 updates, such as the "Feature Updates" while in Audit mode.
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don't use audit mode you don't need it since the only reason you are using audit mode is because of the rearm limit.
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