From what I gathered SysPrep is a great tool for Admins who create their own custom OS images and plan to deploy them on other machines using unique SID's. How is this of benefit to plain home users who just want custom OS images without whichever stuff (like Store) they do not like/want? Some answers (with questions marks...) I gathered: 1. Custom images with integrated/removed components often have "pending operations" that will continue to pend until OS is installed and images captured with SysPrep (after operations finalize) will no longer have any pending operations. In other words images captured after/with SysPrep are cleaner in nature..? 2. SysPrep is helpful to those who want to have more integrated items/components not related to the OS, like MS Office. 3. SysPrep image capture creates a reference image. This is of benefit to those with "butchered" OS versions that fail SFC ScanNow and DISM Scan/Restore Health. Since SysPrep image becomes the reference image, SFC and DISM pass..? That, however, does not mean that truly "butchered" and SysPrep'ed images become be update-able.., does it??? Now for the actual questions: A. What installed software will SysPrep discard? For example, I made a custom updated Windows 10 1703 image that has Store AppX's and other needless stuff removed with MSMG Toolkit and NTLite. The image passes both SFC ScanNow and DISM Scan/RestoreHealth. It is also update-able (not that "butchered" I guess). I installed the OS, applied some tweaks that do not include disabling any services or tasks or drivers, finalized pending operations with ResetBase, cleaned up temp files, cleaned the registry and installed drivers. I was hoping to make a SysPrep image at that point, but "Hardware-Independence" kind of freaked me out. Will SysPrep discard NVidia software along with the drivers or just the drivers, leaving NVidia left-overs? Is it best to make a SysPrep image BEFORE applying driver installations? My custom OS image did not have any integrated drivers because I ultimately wanted an image that could be applied to any PC, not just mine. B. Are there other tasks that are recommended to be performed before running SysPrep? C. What is the easiest method to capture SysPrep'ed image? I saw several guides that used official MS software like MDT and they seemed somewhat complicated. Are there some 3rd party tools that simplify the process? Any help would be greatly appreciated!