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HOW TO: Sysprep with Windows 8.1

Recently, I had to create a custom image and I was pleasantly surprised with the way it turned out. It allowed me to shave 3 hours off an installation, so I could deploy a standard image to workstations. This is part two of a three-part series that will detail how to perform the following tasks:

If you have tried to sysprep a system recently with Windows 8.x, you will notice that you will get a Fatal error that makes the machine rendered worthless. The only way around this issue is to re-install the operating system and try again.

To avoid that issue, you will need to follow this article How To Fix sysprep fatal error in Windows 8.1 to remove the Windows Store apps that will cause an issue with sysprep. If you run sysprep and it fails, then you will need to reinstall the base OS image again, since sysprep will strip out the accounts and drivers, plus not put it in a new phase to re install drives.

Note: It is recommended to test this on a VM (with a snapshot taken) before trying your sysprep on a physical host


Click on the start button to get the start menu and then Right click on Music and Video to uninstall these applications.

Next you will need to run this PowerShell (Admin mode) command Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage to remove all the Windows Store items that will cause sysprep to fail.

Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackag

Next, we will need to hit the windows key + r to bring up the run command and then type sysprep and hit enter

Now we need to click on the executable sysprep

Then we will need to configure sysprep to run a certain way to prepare the image. We need to ensure that the default option is Enter System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE) with Generalize selected. Then we need to ensure that it will shutdown (not default of restart) and then click OK.

3 Responses to “HOW TO: Sysprep with Windows 8.1”

  1. Win 8.1 sysprep #

    My plain is to make sysprep windows 8.1 pro and move ssd hard disk to new , UEFI , motherboard. Is it possible if the new mobo has not option to disable UEFI bios , like many HP laptops ?
    Thank you.

    September 27, 2014 at 1:07 AM


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