Where is Sysprep in Vista?

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 15 April 2008 / Last Updated on 15 April 2008]

Where can you find the Sysprep.exe utility in Vista?

In previous versions of Microsoft Windows, the System Preparation Tool (sysprep.exe) was found in the Deployment.cab file on your product CD. If you’ve examined the Vista DVD however, there’s no such cabinet file present.

So where can you find sysprep now? Turns out, it’s included in the operating system itself now at the following location:


You can run the tool either from the command line using various switches (type sysprep /? to learn more about these) or you can double-click on the executable and run the GUI version of the tool.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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