I purchase and load 20 new PCs at a time at the company I work for. All the machines are preloaded with Windows XP. Before I can deploy them, I have to load onto each one MS Office and about five other 3rd party software packages.
I have heard that Norton Ghost will greatly simplify this process. Apparantly, I can load the first PC with everything and then create an image and then restore that image on the other machines. The downsides I have heard are that the image contains the OS and by the time you wait for the image to create and then have to restore onto the additional machines, you don't save much time. Also, I have heard that once the image is applied, it is not easy to go back into each machine and re-register them to the correct user.
Can someone shed some light on this for me? If Ghost is what I am looking for, what is the most efficient way to do what I describe? If it is not, is there other software that you would recommend?