SYSPREP Guide, Configuring sysprep

 
FIRST AND FORMOST.. GET ALL YOUR PROGRAMS AND SOFTWARE INSTALLED ON YOUR SYSTEM AND GET ALL UPDATES COMPLETED.
You need to do this FIRST.. Easily Shrink Your C drive

To shrink a basic volume, simple volume, or a spanned volume:
  1. Open the Disk Management console by typing diskmgmt.msc at an elevated command prompt.
  2. In Disk Management, right-click the volume that you want to shrink, and then click Shrink Volume.
  3. In the field provided in the Shrink dialog box, enter the amount of space by which to shrink the disk.

    The Shrink dialog box provides the following information: 
    Total Size Before Shrink In MB Lists the total capacity of the volume in MB. This is the formatted size of the volume. 
    Size Of Available Shrink Space In MB Lists the maximum amount by which you can shrink the volume. This doesn’t represent the total amount of free space on the volume; rather, it represents the amount of space that can be removed, not including any data reserved for the master file table, volume snapshots, page files, and temporary files. 
    Enter The Amount of Space To Shrink In MB Lists the total amount of space that will be removed from the volume. The initial value defaults to the maximum amount of space that can be removed from the volume. For optimal drive performance, you should ensure that the volume has at least 10 percent of free space after the shrink operation. 
    Total Size After Shrink In MB Lists what the total capacity of the volume in MB will be after you shrink the volume. This is the new formatted size of the volume.
  4. Click Shrink
Once you have unallocated space, you can use that space to create a new partition.
 
YOU NEED TO DO THIS NEXT…Creating a System Image Backup in Windows 7 TO POINT TO YOUR NEW PARTITION YOU JUST MADE
Decide where you want to save the image. You can choose an external drive, burn to multiple DVD’s, or store it on a network location.
 
You can include other drives if you want as well but remember that will add to the size of the final image.
 
At the confirmation screen notice the amount of space the image may take. If something doesn’t look right you can still go back from this point and make adjustments.
 
A progress meter is displayed while the images is created and backed up. In this example a disk of about 15GB in size took under 20 minutes backed up to an external drive. Times will vary depending on your system and where you’re backing it up to.
 
After the process is complete you get the option to create a system repair disc which you should do and make sure to save it in a secure location.
 
When it comes time to restore the image, you will be able to use the System Recovery Options to get the system back.
 
LAST ITEM OF BUSINESS USE SYSPREP ON THE SYSTEM
 
Browse to the following folder and run sysprep.exe, C:\Windows\System32\sysprep
  1. Verify  System Cleanup Action is set to Enter System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE)
  2. Select the Shutdown Options to Reboot and not shutdown.
  3. Click OK and let the tool work.

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