How to stop sysprep'd system image deployment from prompting local-user creation

I have uploaded a sysprep'd windows 7x64 image to our K2000 that contains a couple programs and customizations. the image includes an admin account (NOT the admin account that is supplied by win 7 and automatically disabled) This is the ONLY account that we want on the image when the deployment is finished. prior to the post-installation tasks, however, I am prompted to create an account, password, etc. how do I bypass this? I have read about unattend.xml files but have no idea where to start.
-I am using the system image deployment, NOT a scripted installation 
-I am deploying Windows 7 Enterprise x64
-My KBE is based on ADK, not WAIK but seems to be working well 
-I am currently using the sysprep GUI found in C:/Windows/System32/Sysprep
-I am using Sysprep OOBE/generalize 

everything else works like a charm, I just need to bypass this OOBE user creation one way or another

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Posted by: getElementById 6 years ago
Third Degree Blue Belt
Use the Sysprep Creator. It has an option to "copy profile of the user running sysprep" (see attached)

Here are some useful links
Imaging Best Practices

Sysprep Creator ITNinja Post (also accessible from your K2000 under Tools)

Posted by: auzi95 6 years ago
White Belt

Top Answer

I actually figured it out. I can write out an explanation if anyone is interested

  • yes please, that would be helpful - jeffery.steward 6 years ago
    • I used Windows System Image Manager, which is included in WAIK to create an answer file. This explanation was especially useful:


      I was using a VM so i was able to take snapshots and roll back to a pre-sysprep state. this saved me from having to start from a raw image as suggested in that link.

      I also set autologin to occur once since the post installation tasks don't seem to start until after the first login. - auzi95 6 years ago
Posted by: SMal.tmcc 6 years ago
Red Belt
down and dirty method is to create the second user in your answer file then delete it as post task

net user kprepper /delete

  • I had considered that, but the whole idea was to keep it as tidy as possible. Creating the answer file was a learning experience anyway - auzi95 6 years ago
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