Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Vista... is da bomb, no really, Sysprep just bombed

My first experience with Vista is leaving me less then satisfied. It takes over an hour to install on an Optiplex 745 with 2GB of RAM. Got it to ghost without issue using Ghost 11.

The sysprep.inf is not just a simple text file anymore. :-( It is now *.xml and the * can be called almost anything you want. One also has to install Windows SIM (System Image Manager) from the Microsft WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit) to create this XML file. Good luck editing it with a text editor.

First kick at sysprep revealed that it likes to disable the administrator account. So I have to use the account that I orginally created to logon to Vista for sysprep. Apparently sysprep makes multiple passes for different purposes. Every time sysprep finishes, the mini-setup window appears. Further checking reveals that Windows has " Setup States"

The Windows image state can be found in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\State

With a value of IMAGE_STATE_GENERALIZE_RESEAL_TO_AUDIT

My best guess is that it is waiting for an auditing pass.

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Ahhh... I figured it was about time that I blogged some of the stuff that puzzles me at work. Next up... Vista.