How to Turn Off Audit Mode in Windows 7

I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Audit mode in Windows 7. Well, if you aren’t then it enables OEMs to customize a Windows installation before shipping the computer to an end-user. They can install applications, add device drivers, run scripts, and test the validity of a Windows installation. It is a networked-enabled environment that does not require settings in Windows Welcome to be applied. Hence you don’t need to go through Windows Welcome after installation. If you boot into audit mode, you’ll get into Windows faster and save lot of time as well.

Certain Programs like Google Chrome sometimes give an installation mode when this mode is enabled. The error may look like ‘Your computer is currently in Windows Audit Mode and is conflicting with the installation. Disable it and proceed.’ For this very reason you need to disable audit mode.

How to Turn Off Audit Mode in Windows 7

Go to the Start> Run.

Type ‘regedit’ and hit enter.

Find and right-click the relevant registry key for your operating system:

Windows XP: AuditInProgress in HKLM\System\Setup
Windows Vista: ImageState in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\State
Windows 7: ImageState in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\State Select Modify.

Delete the value and Click OK.

Restart your computer for changes to take effect.

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6 comments for “How to Turn Off Audit Mode in Windows 7”

  • Dennis Montoya


    Right now I am in the folder (…)Setup/State, and there are two regs, (Default) and ImageState

    What should I do with them??


  • ekwillister

    @Dennis, right click ImageState and choose modify. Then delete the value data and you should be good.

    For me, I had to disable this to install google chrome, but it didn’t require a restart. Just deleted the value, installed, and put the value back in :)

  • pankaj

    Hey this worked done thanks.

  • David Webster

    We have tried to remove audit mode in windows 7 as per your instructions and it has not worked. Still get the box coming up at start up, saying running in audit mode. Any ideas what else we can try?

  • WMPAYNE122

    I have a sony vaio. I turned it on one day and it looks like windows is completely uninstalled! It makes no sense! I try to recover windows but a message comes up and says it cannot perform this action in audit mode! WHAT DO I DO!!!!

  • The Bungalow

    I have also found this does not work, in the case fo getting windows 7 out of audit mode permantantly that is when you reboot.  I deleted the image state value, I even chaned it to the IMAGE_STATE_COMPLETE like in my vista install (is it different for win 7?) and even though that changed the bianry value automatically to it made no difference.
    I can get it out of audit mode by selecting Enter system out of box exeperience (OOBE) but i dont want it to do that.
    IS it possible to get it out o audit mode with reg hacks now or has something changed with SP1

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