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Windows 7: Cloning 6 identical pc's from one reference pc with win 7 home premium

18 Apr 2012   #1
MrBigL

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
Cloning 6 identical pc's from one reference pc with win 7 home premium

Hi all. Got a small challenge. I bought 6 identical win 7 tablet pc's. (Acer Iconia W501) one for each of us in the famliy. They come with a lot of crapware and the initial startup - process and cleaning took forever.
Now my neighbor want the same setup. All the computers are exactly identical. Before we had Windows XP machines and by using the cloning software from Easeus I took ,from just one of the pc's, a complete Cartion sector copy to an external USB harddrive. Then using a easeus boot cd on any of my other identical XP machines I could simply clone this single copy back to any of the identical xp machines, and they would work fine.
The question is then : Is this possible with Windows 7 home premium machines ? They all have their seperate windows license, so will 6 identical cloned machines be able to work. Can windows "feel" that it is not the original windows it came with, but the system software from its "sister".
I am reluctant to just try it out, since none of the new tablets came with a Win7 install disc.
Once im a through the startup cloning, can I rely on this one copy to be enough for future rescue-clonings ? or do I need to take a clone of each pc ?
I realise that this may be sort of a unique problem but hope that someone will know !
Thank You for any help.


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23 Apr 2012   #2
V43L1N

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
 
 

Hello MrBigL and welcome to Sevenforums!

In my experience, you shouldn't have an issue imaging the other tablets. We use this process all the time for new hardware. Company orders X systems with the same hardware, we configure one system, create an image and restore it to the rest of them.

One thing you should be aware of: you will have to change the product key and reactivate each tablet individually after they have been cloned. This can be a pain if you have to activate via telephone.
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23 Apr 2012   #3
MrBigL

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
re activation !

Thank You for Your input. I think I will start with one of them and see what happens..
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