Post Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:57 am

Windows 7 Sysprep Options

Windows 7 Sysprep Options

Before capturing your Windows 7 image you need to Sysprep it. The Sysprep tool hasn’t changed but a reminder of the options is always nice. In Windows 7 the Sysprep files are located at:


You can double click the executable or use the command line to seal the system. The options available are:

/audit – This will restart the PC into audit mode which enables you to add applications, drivers, and test the system without making changes to the default user profile
/generalize – This will remove all SIDs, clear out any system restore points and clear the event logs as well as resetting the activation grace period.
/oobe – This will force the out of box experience upon system restart
/reboot – This will reboot the system once the Sysprep command is complete
/shutdown – This will shutdown the system once the Sysprep command is complete
/quiet – This will run the Sysprep command without any onscreen display
/quit – This will close the Sysprep command once it is finished running
/unattend: This will apply any settings specified in an unatteded install file

A few examples of how you would use this include:

Sysprep.exe /oobe /generalize /shutdown will prep the image to be captured before deployment

Sysprep.exe /audit /reboot will reboot the system into audit mode and allow you to make any changes

One thing to note is that you can only generalize a system three (3) times as each time resets the activation grace period and you can only do that three (3) times.