Updated: October 20, 2013
Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2
The auditSystem configuration pass processes unattended Windows® Setup settings in system context in audit mode. The auditSystem configuration pass runs immediately before the auditUser configuration pass, which is used to apply settings in user context. When Windows boots to audit mode, the auditSystem configuration pass and the auditUser unattended Windows Setup settings are processed.
Audit mode enables OEMs and corporations to install additional device drivers, applications, and other updates to a master Windows image. By using audit mode, you can maintain fewer images because you can create a reference image with a minimal set of drivers and applications. The reference image can then be updated with additional drivers during audit mode. Additionally, you can then test and resolve any issues related to malfunctioning or incorrectly installed devices on the Windows image before shipping the computer to a customer. Audit mode is optional.
The following diagram shows when the auditSystem configuration pass is processed in audit mode.
The auditSystem configuration pass runs only when you configure Windows Setup to boot into audit mode. You can boot to audit mode by using the sysprep command with the audit option, or the sysprep command with the generalize and audit options, or you can specify the Reseal setting in the Microsoft-Windows-Deployment component. For more information, see Audit Mode Overview and Boot Windows to Audit Mode or OOBE.