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Windows 7: Fresh install of Win7Pro using OEM disk but Anytime Upgrade Key

22 Aug 2014   #21
Kari

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I have never tested Anytime Upgrade in Audit Mode, prior to creating any user profiles. I have my doubts; it might work but I see no benefits in it.


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22 Aug 2014   #22
stevegnh

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Wouldn't the benefit be that the image i create will already be at the Pro, and not Home Premium?
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22 Aug 2014   #23
gregrocker

 

I don't think there's any reason to SysPrep or do Adaptive Restore unless you're changing mobo. Win7 can handle other hardware changes.
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22 Aug 2014   #24
stevegnh

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

So I think maybe I'll skip that step, and just go straight into a clean install, and then just create a system image once in my account all set up. Simplifies it a bit.
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22 Aug 2014   #25
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I don't think there's any reason to SysPrep or do Adaptive Restore unless you're changing mobo. Win7 can handle other hardware changes.
As far as I have understood the OP's reasoning, he's creating a general image which can be then used for later deployment.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stevegnh View Post
So I think maybe I'll skip that step, and just go straight into a clean install, and then just create a system image once in my account all set up. Simplifies it a bit.
In my opinion you were on the right path. A sysprepped general image, especially when made in Audit Mode without any user profiles really is a good alternative.

Of course you can get about the same by clean installing and then installing all software and and customizations but the one big difference remains: A customized and generalized image created in Audit Mode really is "virgin". It has no hardware dependencies, no user profiles, even the PC is not yet named. A sudden death of a HDD or even the whole computer is not a big deal, just install new HDD or get a new PC, restore the image in a few minutes and you are good to go.

Kari
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22 Aug 2014   #26
stevegnh

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks. This is for my one PC, not more than 1.

You mention no hardware dependencies...I thought that was part of the process you do while in Audit mode, get all the hardware situated. Are you saying sysprep removes that setup? You mention using the image on a new PC...just made me think.
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22 Aug 2014   #27
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Sysprep alone keeps the hardware drivers, Sysprep with the Generalize switch removes them. A sysprepped image is not hardware independent, a sysprep generalized image is totally hardware independent.

In other words, if creating and capturing an image which is never meant to be used in any other hardware setup than the one it is created in, the Generalize switch is not needed. If the Generalize switch is used the resulting captured image can be used in any hardware setup, be it the same PC with changed hardware components or a totally new PC.
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22 Aug 2014   #28
stevegnh

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Got it, thanks. I was not using the /generalize command. I did read about that.
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22 Aug 2014   #29
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stevegnh View Post
So I think maybe I'll skip that step, and just go straight into a clean install, and then just create a system image once in my account all set up. Simplifies it a bit.
Where in Reinstall or Imaging tutorials is SysPrep a step?
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22 Aug 2014   #30
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Where in Reinstall or Imaging tutorials is SysPrep a step?
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