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Windows 7: Maintain Dual Monitor Configuration when mass-upgrading to 7 from XP?


19 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Maintain Dual Monitor Configuration when mass-upgrading to 7 from XP?

Hello,

I was wondering if it's possible to maintain a dual monitor, extended desktop configuration when moving a relatively large network from XP Professional to 7 Enterprise. As it stands now, after the Win 7 image finishes installing the secondary monitor does not automatically attach leaving the user to have to do so when they log on for the first time. We have seen cases where the second monitor does attach, but the primary monitor has switched. This greatly increases calls to the help desk, so if its possible to have the second monitor automatically attach that would be helpful.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to set the secondary monitor to attach at first logon essentially maintaining the former XP extended desktop configuration?

Thanks in advance.

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19 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If the hardware is identical, you could configure one system with Windows 7 and set up the software, settings, etc, then sysprep the drive and clone it. You can use an answer file, or you could do a quick registry edit that will prevent sysprep from deleting the drivers.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\Sysprep\Settings\sppnp set PersistAllDeviceInstalls to 1.
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19 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thank you for the response.

Unfortunately we have a variety of HP desktop models, and also different monitors and cables scattered about.
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19 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I don't see any way of doing what you'd like, then. Sorry - looks like you'll be upgrading and configuring each PC.
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