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Windows 7: Setting up 10 computers the same


28 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Setting up 10 computers the same

We are deploying 10 Toughbook H1's for doing electronic patient care reporting and interfacing with our dispatch center. They are running Windows 7 Professional and will have mobile broadband connections. We'd like to have them setup essentially the same, with all the same settings and restrictions. What is the best and fastest way to do this? I've used the local group policy editor but haven't been able to figure out how to copy those settings from one computer to another. Each computer will have a standard user account. We'd like to prevent the installation of programs (except by admins) and changing of most settings. We're also going to attempt to restrict most internet access except for approved sites. Any suggestions on further reading?

Thanks.


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28 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Create an image of one when you have it the way you want, and then use something like Acronis True Image to push the image out to the other 9. As each one boots up, change the computer name to something unique, and you are done.
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28 Feb 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello kymedic, welcome to Seven Forums!



Start by having a look at the program at the link below.

Paragon Adaptive Restore
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01 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Create an image of one when you have it the way you want, and then use something like Acronis True Image to push the image out to the other 9. As each one boots up, change the computer name to something unique, and you are done.
I had wondered about this, but won't that affect the individual license keys we have for Windows and the other software? It also won't really allow us to push out changes any changes in policies or restrictions. I'm sure what we're wanting to do is possible but maybe it's not worth the expense and trouble with only 10 computers?
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01 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello kymedic, welcome to Seven Forums!



Start by having a look at the program at the link below.

Paragon Adaptive Restore
Thanks, but I'm not sure how much that would help with what we're trying to do. We're dealing with all the same computers and we're not migrating from another system.
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01 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Norton Ghost also does the job.
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01 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 Backtrack 4 R2
 
 

You could also use PING, you create a syspreped image of one machine and deploy them to the 9 others. I use it in conjunction with FOG, but that might be overkill for your requirements.
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01 Mar 2011   #8

win7
 
 

To change your windows license key just follow this tutorial:-
Product Key Number - Change
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01 Mar 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I think we're all not getting what is being asked.

I don't think they're going to deploy a new image to the PCs, I think they just want an easy method to configure them all exactly the same without 'reinstalling' Windows.
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01 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I have two laptops total in my entire company, so I have two images I push out to every computer, depending on the model. I have a MAK key, but after I lay down an image with Acronis, the system doesn't have a license key entered, and gives me the 30 day window.

At that point, enter in the valid key for that system, and activate. Each computer will have it's own valid license, but yet the total software environment will be identical.
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