We just started imaging with windows 8 and I have run accross a few issues and wondered if anyone else had issues?  Please let me kow what kind of issues you had and how you fixed them! Thanks

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Other then I had to rework the answer file for 8.1 sysprep has been pretty smooth so far.  The only bug I see is, all users when they login the first time the machine opens to the desktop with a explorer window open.  This is most likely my fault, I am calling something that does not exist during first startup.

Answered 02/12/2014 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • Is there anyway you could post you answer file as a reference? I would appreciate it.
    • I am using the Windows deployment kit for 8.1 to create. The serial number is the kms client key for 8.1.

      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
      <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
      <settings pass="generalize">
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <OEMInformation>
      <Manufacturer>TMCC ITO</Manufacturer>
      <Model>Admin Image</Model>
      <SupportHours>8 -5</SupportHours>
      <SupportURL>https://support.tmcc.edu/MRcgi/MRhomepage.pl?USER=&amp;PROJECTID=27&amp;MRP=0&amp;OPTION=none&amp;WRITECACHE=1&amp;FIRST_TIME_IN_FP=1&amp;FIRST_TIME_IN_PROJ=1&amp;</SupportURL>
      <SupportPhone>673-7800</SupportPhone>
      </OEMInformation>
      <DoNotCleanTaskBar>true</DoNotCleanTaskBar>
      </component>
      </settings>
      <settings pass="specialize">
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Deployment" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <RunSynchronous>
      <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
      <Order>1</Order>
      <Path>net user administrator /active:yes</Path>
      </RunSynchronousCommand>
      </RunSynchronous>
      </component>
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-IE-InternetExplorer" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <AllowedSites>*.tmcc.edu;*.unr.edu</AllowedSites>
      <BlockPopups>yes</BlockPopups>
      <DisableFirstRunWizard>true</DisableFirstRunWizard>
      <LocalIntranetSites>*.tmcc.edu;*.unr.edu</LocalIntranetSites>
      <Home_Page>www.tmcc.edu</Home_Page>
      </component>
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile>
      <OEMName>TMCC</OEMName>
      <RegisteredOrganization>TMCC</RegisteredOrganization>
      <RegisteredOwner>staff</RegisteredOwner>
      <TimeZone>Pacific Standard Time</TimeZone>
      <ProductKey>MHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7</ProductKey>
      <DoNotCleanTaskBar>true</DoNotCleanTaskBar>
      </component>
      </settings>
      <settings pass="oobeSystem">
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <InputLocale>en-us</InputLocale>
      <SystemLocale>en-us</SystemLocale>
      <UILanguage>en-us</UILanguage>
      <UserLocale>en-us</UserLocale>
      </component>
      <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
      <UserAccounts>
      <AdministratorPassword>
      <Value>VwBpxAGx4AZABvAHcAG8AcgBQAGEAcxwBzAHcAbwByAxGQA</Value>
      <PlainText>false</PlainText>
      </AdministratorPassword>
      <LocalAccounts>
      <LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
      <Password>
      <Value>VwBpxAGx4AZABvAHcAG8AcgBQAGEAcxwBzAHcAbwByAxGQA==</Value>
      <PlainText>false</PlainText>
      </Password>
      <DisplayName>Backup</DisplayName>
      <Name>Backup</Name>
      <Group>Administrators</Group>
      </LocalAccount>
      </LocalAccounts>
      </UserAccounts>
      <RegisteredOrganization>TMCC</RegisteredOrganization>
      <RegisteredOwner>Staff</RegisteredOwner>
      <OEMInformation>
      <Manufacturer>TMCC IT</Manufacturer>
      <Model>Admin Image</Model>
      <SupportHours>8-5</SupportHours>
      <SupportPhone>673-7800</SupportPhone>
      </OEMInformation>
      <OOBE>
      <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
      <HideLocalAccountScreen>true</HideLocalAccountScreen>
      <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen>
      <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens>
      <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
      <NetworkLocation>Work</NetworkLocation>
      </OOBE>
      <WindowsFeatures>
      <ShowInternetExplorer>true</ShowInternetExplorer>
      <ShowMediaCenter>false</ShowMediaCenter>
      <ShowWindowsMediaPlayer>true</ShowWindowsMediaPlayer>
      </WindowsFeatures>
      <DoNotCleanTaskBar>true</DoNotCleanTaskBar>
      </component>
      </settings>
      <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:c:/win81amd64/install.wim#Windows 8.1 Enterprise" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
      </unattend>
  • I've had no issues either after building an answer file/image for 8.1. You can create custom start screen via two PowerShell commands.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2013/12/19/step-by-step-windows-8-1-start-screen-customization-via-powershell.aspx

    I like it over Group Policy, since that new policy is forced on users. This just sets the default for the new user and they can change it from there if they want.
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