Updated: October 20, 2013
Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2
The auditUser configuration pass processes unattended Windows® Setup settings in user context in audit mode. The auditUser configuration pass always runs after the auditSystem pass, which is used to apply settings in system context. Typically, the auditUser configuration pass is used to execute RunSynchronous or RunAsynchronous commands. These commands are used to run scripts, applications, or other executables during audit mode. When Windows boots to audit mode, the auditSystem and auditUser settings for unattended Windows Setup 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 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 illustrates when the auditUser configuration pass is processed in audit mode.
The auditUser configuration pass runs only when you configure Windows Setup to boot into audit mode. You can boot to audit mode by using the sysprep /audit or sysprep /generalize /audit commands, or you can specify the Reseal setting in the Microsoft-Windows-Deployment component. For more information about audit mode, see Audit Mode Overview and Boot Windows to Audit Mode or OOBE.