Windows 10 – AppX Packages Can Break Sysprep via VirtuallyInclined.com
Metro Apps, Modern Apps, Windows Store Apps, AppX, Universal Apps. Whatever you want to call them they have become a substantial part of Windows. If you’re having trouble understanding how they work and why, you are not alone. If you’re interested check out this quick read that may help clear things up a bit here. Some AppX Apps are the Tiles you see on the Start Menu or in the list that come preinstalled or even automatically installed by the Windows Store.
As the title suggests, if not handled properly these Apps can cause Sysprep to fail. Sysprep in Windows 8 and 10 has a validation mechanism that checks each of these installed Apps and determines if they’re provisioned for All Users or if they’re just installed for a single user. If for some reason you remove provisioning on an app that was installed for a user (VMware OS Optimization Tool comes to mind, but more on this later) it can cause the validation to fail and Sysprep won’t succeed.