Will Sysprep remove applications?
In general, Sysprep does not remove applications. Some applications are sensitive to sysprep, but those are rare exceptions. Sysprep strips out the machine-specific settings like activation ID and SID, while leaving the installed programs for ease of deployment.
Does Sysprep remove Windows activation?
When you run the sysprep /generalize command, the activation clock will automatically reset. You can bypass resetting the activation clock by using the SkipRearm setting in the Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP component. This enables you to run the Sysprep command multiple times without resetting the activation clock.
Does sysprep remove drivers?
Sysprep removes all device drivers, sets the system to a first-run state and removes Windows license authorization. Often a last resort when migrated systems fail to boot or crash during startup, Sysprep can provide a way to boot Windows when other steps have failed.
What does sysprep change?
The System Preparation (Sysprep) tool is used to change Windows images from a generalized state to a specialized state, and then back to a generalized state. A generalized image can be deployed on any computer. A specialized image is targeted to a specific computer.
Does sysprep remove updates?
But, yes, Sysprep *does* zero out the Windows Update history — I’m not sure why it would need to do that, but it does!
How many times can you sysprep?
You can use the sysprep /generalize command to reset Windows Product Activation a maximum of three times. After the third time that you run the sysprep /generalize command, the clock can no longer be reset.
Why do we configure Out of Box Experience?
The Out-of-Box Experience or OOBE for short is the phase of Windows setup that allows you to customize your Windows 10 experience. Some of the task you can accomplish include defining personalized settings, create user accounts, join a business network, join a wireless network and define privacy settings.
How do I go back to OOBE?
Use the CTRL+SHIFT+F3 keyboard shortcut. The computer will reboot into audit mode. This option may trigger any scripts that you have configured to launch in OOBE.
What is Sysprep Audit Mode?
Audit Mode is a special way to boot directly to the desktop before you get to the Windows Welcome screen. This gives administrators or OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) the opportunity to install Windows Updates, drivers, and other software. Audit Mode is completed when SYSPREP is run again.