the project would never get signed off. Some we can, but mostly we factory reset. That's a side issue though, why we do this is not important.
That doesn't get around the fact that factory resetting the machine looses any and all updates. Can't understand why people think differently. I'm not lying....trust me I wish I were. Thinking about it, if MS extracted the WIM to the recovery partition and injected the updates simultaneously to the machine and the recovery partition together....that could work.
It's a factory reset!! It's not like it automatically dumps patches/updates into the factory WIM. Geez.