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Windows 7: Is it ok to image and deploy an installed OS after sysprep?

03 Apr 2014   #1
ARKaMAN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Is it ok to image and deploy an installed OS after sysprep?

I am wondering if it is ok to run sysprep "Generalize & oobe" then image it with a software like Acronis or Macrium to deploy it on OEM PCs? I have been using Imagex to make images, but this would be faster for multiple versions of windows I think.


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04 Apr 2014   #2
ARKaMAN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, the ISO is right from microsoft. I install it on VM then make a image. Then I want to deploy it on the new PCs I build. I know you have to have a key all our new PCs have standard Windows COA.
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04 Apr 2014   #3
ARKaMAN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Can you explain why I should not use it?
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04 Apr 2014   #4
ARKaMAN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

ok

1 Yes we activate all our computers with the key on the computer COA.
2 Yes I understand versions have to match I have both a Home & Pro image for both Win 7 & 8
3: When you run generalization on sysprep it should remove all drivers. Just like a New System.
4: This are systems we configure. We put a large set of utils we like on all our systems we deploy. Firefox, Chrome, Java, Flash, Imgburn, Open Office, Reader, Malwarebytes, VLC, Gimp, Notepad++, cutePDF, etc

I don't want to insult you, and I thank you for helping me, but do you understand how sysprep works. I mean I think I understand it, but I could be wrong.
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04 Apr 2014   #5
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

No no I'm sorry.
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04 Apr 2014   #6
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ARKaMAN View Post
I am wondering if it is ok to run sysprep "Generalize & oobe" then image it with a software like Acronis or Macrium to deploy it on OEM PCs? I have been using Imagex to make images, but this would be faster for multiple versions of windows I think.
Of course you can do exactly as you described. This is a sample scenario, this is how I personally do it:
  1. Install Windows 7 on a virtual machine or a physical one
  2. Enter Audit Mode to customize your Windows 7 image from first OOBE boot dialogs before entering the product key
  3. Update Windows 7 fully
  4. Install the software you want to / needs to be included in the image
  5. Sysprep with Generalizing, OOBE and Shutdown switches to remove all hardware specific information
  6. Boot with any WinPE disk containing your preferred imaging tool (Macrium Boot Disk in my case)
  7. Create an image with your imaging tool, again in my case Macrium Reflect Free
  8. Deploy (install) the image to any PC you want to
  9. Activate the deployed image with a valid OEM or Retail key according to Windows version and edition of the image used
Read more: Windows 7 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep

Kari
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04 Apr 2014   #7
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

I'm sorry Kari, I should have waited for someone with better knowledge like you.
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04 Apr 2014   #8
ARKaMAN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks! I figured I was able to do this. I just wanted to make sure.
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04 Apr 2014   #9
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Yes, the key is the Audit Mode. You enter it after installation has done the first OOBE boot before Windows has asked the product key, customize and capture your image without any activation or hardware related information and simply deploy it. Works for deploying to multiple computers or simply instead of reinstall on your personal PC.
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04 Apr 2014   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Kari brought SysPrep to the consumer with Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer - Windows 7 Help Forums.

Before then it was considered mainly for IT Pro's. This was given as an example at Microsoft MVP Global Summit for why Seven Forums excels as a tech forums.

I'd rep you again if I could Kari.
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