Mandatory profile - will it always take this long to make a change?
I'm creating a mandatory profile for students to use with Windows 7.
Rather annoying to have to use sysprep just to copy a profile but if that is the official way, fine, I'll do it.
I first of all used this guide: How to customize default user profiles in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 and customised the profile, used our usual unattend.xml and ran the sysprep command. It reboots, but then comes up with a message that there was an error processing the generalize section. Asks you to reboot, then its stuck in a loop of 'Windows installation cannot proceed'. So there is nothing you can do apart from reinstall. Annoying to say the least.
So I then followed this guide Sysprep a Windows 7 Machine thinking that creating a new unattend.xml just for this would do it, and sure enough, following the guide to the letter meant it worked perfectly.
However, as at that point I had only made some random changes to the profile to see it worked, I decided to make some more and get it working properly. I assumed I could edit it, then run the sysprep again on the same machine and it would copy to the default profile again. Wrong - it brings up the same error I originally got - with the unattend.xml that worked perfectly before.
So after all that, my question is, do I really have to do a fresh install on Windows 7, just to get into that special sysprep SHIFT+CTRL+F3 mode, EVERY time I want to make a change to the default/mandatory profile? Although I cant even make a change can I, I'll have to start fresh every time. I know its not something you need to do every day, but it does need to be done on occasion
Unless I'm missing something, this makes the whole process unnecessarily long. I dont mind having to do things a different way, but this seems ridiculous. Or should my running of sysprep that brings up the error method work?