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Creating a windows 8.1 image containing metro apps

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    windows 8.1

    Creating a windows 8.1 image containing metro apps

    Hello all

    I have been doing so research lately into system imaging and deploying said image across multiple devices.

    I want to image Surface Pro 3s (about 40 of them) with several dozen apps from the app store. My understanding is that if I want to use an image across multiple devices I have to use sysprep to generalize the image. The problem is any app off the app store is account specific and cannot be generalize. If you try to sysprep with apps installed you will get a Fetal Error, and you cant install apps from the store while in audit mode either.

    Are there any options available to me, or will this have to be done manually?

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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Hi Red Tangent, welcome to the Eight Forums.

    Installing Modern Apps to your Windows Image in Audit Mode can be done using DISM. There are two slightly different methods to do this depending on whether you are installing corporate intern apps not submitted to Windows Store or already published apps which are submitted to Windows Store.

    To install corporate intern Line-Of-Business apps in Audit Mode using DISM ("sideloading" apps), see this Microsoft TechNet support article: Sideload Apps with DISM

    To install signed apps submitted to Windows Store using DISM, see this TechNet article: Preinstall Apps Using DISM

    Notice please that as Modern apps do not run in Audit Mode you cannot test them after installing them using either of the above methods. I recommend you image your reference Windows 8 / 8.1 as soon as you have entered Audit Mode, test installing your apps, run Sysprep and capture the image restoring it to a test computer to see everything works. If not you can restore the initial image, be back in Audit Mode in a few minutes and try again. See this tutorial at our sister site on how to create a system image in Audit Mode: New Installation: How to Create a General System Image in Audit Mode - Windows 7 Help Forums (tutorial is for Windows 7 but the procedure is the same in 8 / 8.1). In this case however you have to set the the Sysprep options told in tutorial Step 3 to System Cleanup Action: Enter Audit Mode and Shutdown Options: Quit.

    Last edited by Kari; 28 Aug 2014 at 05:06. Reason: Added Audit Mode imaging info
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Creating a windows 8.1 image containing metro apps
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