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Windows 7: Is there a way to do this?

26 Sep 2017   #1
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 
Is there a way to do this?

I am not ready to get rid of the computer. I am not sure if this is the correct place to post this.

Here is what I am wanting to do. I don't have the restore cd but have a re-installation cd. What I would like to do, is do all the updates & add a browser or two without adding a user name. Then I will back it up using macrium reflect. So, all I will have to do, is restore the computer & when the new person boots he can enter his own name. Is this possible or is it more complicated?


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26 Sep 2017   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello groze mate I don't know if this is what you want and I am guessing when you prepare the machine you would just call it ABC or something like that and then use this tutorial to change it for the new owner if that owner doesn't know how to do it.
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If you don't set a password then the new owner then just creates their own admin account if that is what they want.

Or am I barking up the wrong tree??

Edit: If you have the key why not just make an ISO for the new owner and give him that and the key.
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26 Sep 2017   #3
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
Hello groze mate I don't know if this is what you want and I am guessing when you prepare the machine you would just call it ABC or something like that and then use this tutorial to change it for the new owner if that owner doesn't know how to do it.
Computer Name - View and Change - Windows 7 Help Forums

If you don't set a password then the new owner then just creates their own admin account if that is what they want.

Or am I barking up the wrong tree??

Edit: If you have the key why not just make an ISO for the new owner and give him that and the key.
Yeah, that would be an easier way. I would just create a fictitious user.


I was think about using oobe or audit mode. That would work where you could do all the updates, backup system. The issue would be getting out of oobe or audit mode. I read people had trouble getting out of that mode or the command prompt commands don't won't & it keeps booting up to oobe or audit mode. This way it forces the new user to agree to the EULA on the first boot. I get oobe & audit mode confused that why I am using both terms.


I could also put Linux mint oem install (I am still testing that out). There are some issues with Linux mint not seeing all partitions.
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26 Sep 2017   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok well personally I prefer Ubuntu over Mint to be honest because I don't really like having to use the terminal so much but it's a matter of personal choice.

The Ubuntu GUI is so much easier to navigate and I find both are good at checking out a machine when not in Windows mode though especially for retrieving data when passwords are forgotten.
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26 Sep 2017   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Install windows onto a spare partition. When you see the oobe hit ctrl+shift+F3 to reboot into audit mode.

You will see the sysprep window in the middle of the screen. Just leave it as is.

Install updates and programs ( you can restart to complete the update installs - you will still be in audit mode ).

When you have done all your changes, select Enter system oobe,tick the generalise box, reboot

Reboot into your original windows. From there , you can capture the sysprepped partition as install.wim using gimagex or similar.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by groze View Post
I am not ready to get rid of the computer. I am not sure if this is the correct place to post this.

Here is what I am wanting to do. I don't have the restore cd but have a re-installation cd. What I would like to do, is do all the updates & add a browser or two without adding a user name. Then I will back it up using macrium reflect. So, all I will have to do, is restore the computer & when the new person boots he can enter his own name. Is this possible or is it more complicated?
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