Running Sysprep on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

You can run the System Preparation Tool (Sysprep) on a reference computer running Windows® Vista or Windows Server 2008.

  1. Build the capture task sequence and advertise the task sequence from the Configuration Manager server, as described in Capturing an operating system image for deployment.
  2. Make sure the operating system and applications are installed and configured on the reference computer, in the way that they should exist in the final installation.
  3. Log on to the computer as an administrator.
  4. Open a command window and change directories to the C:\windows\system32\sysprep directory; then run the sysprep.exe command.
    The following page is displayed:
    Figure 1. System Preparation Tool (Sysprep)
    System Preparation Tool (Sysprep)
  5. Click OK to run the System Preparation Tool and reboot the computer.

    Now the system is ready for capturing.

  6. Start the system. During the system boot, press F1 to enable a system boot from the network.

    After finishing the capture task, the system restarts.