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Windows 7: Multiple users on multiple win7-64 systems.. Easy way to clone one?


13 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Multiple users on multiple win7-64 systems.. Easy way to clone one?

Greetings,

We have three medical clinics and the front desk staff float from clinic to clinic depending on their schedule.

I only started here a few months ago and I am working on upgrading their Dell xp systems to Windows 7 systems.

The problem begins to crop up when say a user named Sally will come in and sit down at this system for the first time.. Well, she needs to login, click on outlook icon, let it find her exchange PST and copy settings to her user profile, then she launches the application for the scanner that she uses to scan in ID's and insurance cards for every patient coming in.. The scanner is set to default settings and needs to be tweaked on color depth and double sided, etc.. Then after that, she needs to launch her Medical EMR application.. and then choose various options in the citrix client, ..

TL;DR - Each user needs to spend 20 minutes resetting the defaults at this updated system.

Well this is fine except, I am planning on updating 2 front desk systems at each clinic, the user Sally will need to do all these things EACH time she finds herself sitting down at a system I just swapped out the previous evening.

My thought is this, put a single system down in one clinic and let it sit a week giving most of the float users a chance to work on it for a day, setting all of their preferences etc.

Once I get a bunch of them with user profiles on the local drive, grab an image of that drive and just deploy that to each system I roll out..

Couple issues I am running into:

First would be that I would have to register each Windows 7 copy with a new serial, which I have

The next issue is, we have a mis-mash of Dell optiplex systems. 330's - 380's even a couple 320's... I would need to strip out the hardware specific entries in the system and let it refind everything, and I have read a few forums talking about this, but I do not fully get it yet.

My biggest question is this: Is this the fastes easiest way to go about this, or is there some magical app out there I am missing out on that will save me even more time!?

Thank you in advance for any ideas you may have on this!

Joe

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13 Feb 2013   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

If Sally logs onto the computer with her name it should have all her preferences saved do you have a separate account setup for every user, maybe if you setup the account as admin to begin with then after everything is setup the way she likes remove the admin privilege and do the same for all users

look at this tutorial on Seven Forums
User Account - Create
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13 Feb 2013   #3

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You have to configure to user account ONCE on each computer. Or you must use a domain controler and put user profiles there (roaming profiles)

The next issue is, we have a mis-mash of Dell optiplex systems. 330's - 380's even a couple 320's... I would need to strip out the hardware specific entries in the system and let it refind everything, and I have read a few forums talking about this, but I do not fully get it yet.
=>You must make one system perfect. Then SYSPREP, capture the image. Distribute the image to other systems. It configures hardware on first boot
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