Generalize prepares the computer to be captured as
a reference image immediately after other answer-file settings are
processed. For more information about configuration passes, see
Windows Setup Configuration
Generalize is set, Windows® Setup
- Complete all of the other unattend settings in the
- Run the generalize configuration pass.
- Prepare the computer for imaging.
The following table provides scenarios for each combination of Mode and ForceShutdownNow.
Mode value ForceShutdownNow value Result
Prepares the operating system to start in the auditSystem configuration pass, and then restarts the computer.
Prepares the operating system to start in the auditSystem configuration pass, and then shuts the computer down immediately with no user interaction.
Prepares the operating system to start in the oobeSystem configuration pass, and then restarts the computer.
Prepares the operating system to start in the oobeSystem configuration pass, and then shuts the computer down immediately with no user interaction.
|Do not use this setting in conjunction with the Reseal setting. If you use both settings, the Reseal setting is ignored.|
Specifies whether the computer shuts down immediately after the
Specifies which configuration pass the computer start after the generalize configuration pass is complete. The options include: Audit or OOBE.
Valid Configuration Passes
Microsoft-Windows-Deployment | Generalize
For a list of the Windows® editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Deployment.
The following XML output shows a deployment with no asynchronous or synchronous commands.
<AuditComputerName> <MustReboot>true</MustReboot> <Name>MyComputer</Name> </AuditComputerName> <ExtendOSPartition> <Extend>true</Extend> </ExtendOSPartition> <Generalize> <ForceShutdownNow>true</ForceShutdownNow> <Mode>Audit</Mode> </Generalize>