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Windows 7: How to embed a version # into standard Win7 image?

10 Oct 2014   #1
korazu

Win7 x64 Pro
 
 
How to embed a version # into standard Win7 image?

We'd like to create a way to identify the version of a corporate image. What is the best way to go about this and be able to query this information remotely? A registry key? Text file? At this point we only use Symantec Ghost to create the images, but no easy way after the machine has been restored of which version of an image is being used.

Thanks!


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10 Oct 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Can't you jst rename the image file with the version name. In free Macrium you can do that.
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10 Oct 2014   #3
korazu

Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Can't you jst rename the image file with the version name. In free Macrium you can do that.
The file name of the image is not the problem as I can tell the version # from that. I want to be able to tell what image version is on all the machines in the environment. We don't have SCCM or any other enterprise tools to always make sure each machine is at the same version.
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10 Oct 2014   #4
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

I'd go with a registry key. Something like ABC_Image_Version where ABC are the corporate initials. Then set the value to the image version.

A txt file would also work.
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14 Oct 2014   #5
korazu

Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
I'd go with a registry key. Something like ABC_Image_Version where ABC are the corporate initials. Then set the value to the image version.

A txt file would also work.
That's kind of what I was thinking. I was also wanting to put it at HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/Current Version. Do you see an issue with that? I don't think any corruption could happen from that.

Thanks!
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14 Oct 2014   #6
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

That should work. I tried it and was able to query it with reg query from a Elevated Command Prompt.

Quote:
C:\Users\rrkurtz>reg query "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v ABC_Image_Version

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
ABC_Image_Version REG_SZ 1.2.3.4
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