How to setup Windows in an OOBE state?

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  1. Phoenix

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  2. xinso

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    #3 xinso, Oct 22, 2015
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    1. Run Command Prompt (Admin), and run the command to boot into Audit mode
    Code:
    sysprep /audit /reboot
    2. Remove user account and his files via User Account from Control Panel
    3. Run Command Prompt (Admin), and run the command to clean up component
    Code:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup
    4. Clean up disk space via System Management Tool from Control Panel
    5. Run Command Prompt (Admin), and run the command to generalize the machine and shutdown
    Code:
    Sysprep /generalize /shutdown /oobe
    6. DVD/USB boot to remove Administrator folder at C:\


    You can start it to check the result.

    If OK, repeat all steps.

    If not OK, reconfigure and repeat all steps.
     
  3. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    You can use a autounattend.xml file to install & boot into Audit mode or during oobe stage of install you can press CTRL+SHIFT+F3.
    Don't install any anti-virus/anti-malware - system won't sysprep correctly.
    Install your apps & drivers, etc.

    Don't waste your time with cleanup commands - they take forever just to save a little space.

    When done, just select oobe & shutdown - no need for generalize as your not capturing this image for deployment to other systems.

    You could use reboot instead of shutdown to verify it's all working & getting to oobe.
    When you get to the OOBE screen, press SHIFT+F10 to open a cmd prompt then run "shutdown -s -f -t 0".
    Next power on you straight to the OOBE screen...
     
  4. dhjohns

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    #5 dhjohns, Oct 23, 2015
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    If you are doing clean install, when you get to Welcome Screen simply press Shift + F3 to enter audit mode. You can then install everything from there without having a user account.

    I am checking this our for Windows 10 in Hyper-V, let you know.

    Method doesn't appear to work for 10 unless I am missing something.

    Actually I just found out it works, but you need to restart, then it will say it is entering OOBE
     
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  5. Phoenix

    Phoenix MDL Expert

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    Awesome!! this is easier!

    Does this also work for Windows 7 when I get the welcome screen where I am supposed to enter the username of the computer? Just press SHIFT + F3 and reboot?
     
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  7. dhjohns

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    I may have been mistaken. Sorry lack of sleep. :( Try sysprep in /windows/system32/sysprep/sysprep.exe
     
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