Windows 8.1 Imaging Guide?



  • Does anyone have an overview of imaging Windows 8.1 machines in a higher ed environment?



  • Hi,

    you can also integrate office updates into the installation,
    download needed update files, extract them and place the msu file in the office updates folder:

    !http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35554

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    Regards X23



  • Oh, since I’m guessing that you’re going to be setting up Office, I’ll tell you how to do that, too.

    1. Put your Office setup CD in the tray, if applicable

    2. Using Run or an elevated command line, run [Office Setup Location]\setup.exe /admin

    3. Customize your installation. I don’t know the options off the top of my head, but you’ll want to accept the EULA, put in your key (MAK or KMS can be set up), and set it to not install programs that you probably don’t need, like Exchange. Look through the rest of the options to see if you find anything else you’d like to set.

    4. Use File -> Save to get a Microsoft Office install file. Run this and you should be good to go.


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    Excellent guide. Thanks for sharing this.



  • Yes, you do. I’ve been learning how to do it as I go, so it’s been pretty slow. I hope that helps you out.



  • Thanks. Looks like we have some work to do.



  • I’m assuming that you have your clients registered in the FOG database already. I am also assuming very basic knowledge of this process, sorry if I come off harsh.

    Coming from the same boat right now, I’ll be happy to help.

    The basic things you’ll need to do are:

    1. Install Windows 8.1 on your master machine. If you have proper Volume Licensing media, it won’t ask you for an activation key.

    2. Set up your Windows machine and perform updates. Try to perform as many as possible. This will increase your image size but will reduce network traffic.

    3. Now that that’s done, run sysprep /audit from an elevated command line. This may take a while. The system will reboot into Audit mode. You will be logged in as Administrator. Delete the user account you created while installing updates.

    4. Make your needed changes. This can include installing software, changing settings in Group Policy Editor (that’s important), and installing FOG Service (That’s the most important). Basically, make your image yours. Install large programs like Microsoft Office. I do not recommend installing software like Chrome, Java, or Flash at this point because they update quite often. Use Snapins for that. Also, do not install printers, use FOG for that.

    5. Run disk cleanup and delete everything. It can’t hurt, right?

    6. Since you’re sure that all those Windows updates haven’t broken anything by now, you can delete old versions of updates. Use the command

    here. Then defrag the system.

    1. TAKE A BACKUP IMAGE NOW!!!

    2. Now we’re getting down and dirty. You want to use unattended.xml files so that you won’t have to touch every machine you image. See here to get started. You will need the Windows 8.1 ADK, but only the Deployment Tools part. You’ll also need a technician computer running Windows 8.1 to install the ADK on.

    3. With your new unattend.xml in hand, sysprep your machine. You can use the .bat file here to help you with this process. You’ll need to rename your unattend.xml to unattend.noskiprearm.xml.

    4. Capture an image from your machine. Make sure that it doesn’t reboot after the imaging task.

    5. Apply this image to another machine. See if it completes Windows setup and goes to a login prompt. If yes, congrats! You imaged Windows 8.1! If not, there’s a problem with your unattend.xml. Go on…

    6. Hit something with a hammer.

    not really.

    Take your master machine to the backup image you created before and see what’s wrong with your unattend.xml. I’ll be happy to help with this.

    And that’s basically it. If anyone stumbles across this and sees that I’ve missed something, please tell me. :)


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