Using Audit Mode for Sysprep

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 26 Aug. 2008 / Last Updated on 3 July 2008]

Here’s the who, the why and the how to use audit mode in Sysprep.

Audit mode for Sysprep is generally used only by OEMs who are building and customizing computers for large customers. But you can use this mode in your organization too if you have the need for it. Here are the usual steps you would follow:

  1. Install Vista on your master computer, run sysprep and select audit mode, and image the computer.
  2. Then when you are ready to deploy images, boot your master computer into audit mode, install applications, configure settings, and then run sysprep again and reseal your computer so that the machine OOBE will launch during the next boot.
  3. Shut down your computer, image it again, and deploy your image to the destination computers you are going to provide to your customers.

For more information on deploying Vista, see my series of articles titled Deploying Vista right here on

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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