Ok, so here is the thing: Ever since I started syspreping I would go into audit mode and do all of my customization, once done I would finished syspreping.

The issue that I have is that when I go into audit mode (win 8.1 64b) it won't give me the option to activate windows (screen will flick and take me to metro apps), but when I go into audit (win 8.1 32b) the option to activate is there and I am able to activate windows.

My question: Do you have to go into audit mode in order to make a sysprep image? Because I've been told that you do not have to go into it. That you could just install windows, activate admin account, install software/etc and then run sysprep at the end. I though this was the incorrect way to make a proper image..