Capture and Deploy Image Without Sysprep

If you are using WinPE 2.0 or WinPE 3.0 to capture your PC images (.wim files) and deploy them you have probably run into a little problem when trying to deploy an image of Windows 7 or Windows 10 when not first running sysprep. The problem is that if you try to re-deploy an image of a nonsysprepped image of Vista or 7 that the BootMGR will be broken. Follow the steps below to fix this problem.

Capture and Deploy Image without Sysprep

Step 1

I am assuming you have captured your image already and are ready for deployment. Go ahead and boot up your image deployment software (WinPE 2.0 or WinPE 3.0).

Step 2

In my other articles I describe how to use DiskPart and also avoiding the hidden partition before deploying a new image. I suggest reading them.

Step 3

After you have deployed your non-sysprepped image you need to run the following commands: (I have a batch file I use to do this).

bcdedit /set {default} device partition=c:
 bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=c:
 bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device partition=c:</blockquote>

Step 4

This will fix the BOOTMGR problem when deploying a non-syprepped image in Vista or 7. Enjoy!

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