Chapter 18. Preparing a System to Be Imaged with Sysprep

This chapter provides information and commands concerning the following topics:

Understanding sysprep

Running the sysprep GUI

Running sysprep from the command line

Understanding Sysprep

The System Preparation (sysprep) tool is used to remove the unique information on a Windows 7 computer. It removes a wide variety of computer- and user-specific settings on a Windows 7 computer, including the system’s security identifier (SID).


The SID needs to be unique in a domain. If multiple computers have the same SID, you’ll end up with significant problems that can be difficult to troubleshoot.

Figure 18-1 shows how sysprep fits into the overall process of capturing and deploying images. ...

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