Changing the COA (Using the same Acronis image on multiple machines (no site license))

Posted on 2005-05-09
Last Modified: 2016-10-27
Hello. We're using Acronis True Image to backup the files on the machines here at the new IT job I recently got.

Not the same IT job may have mentioned before. A much smaller place...that doesn't have a site license for WinXP. So the only machines that have XP are the ones that came with it and COA sticker from Dell (they buy only Dell machines).

Anyway, since we buy only Dells, despite buying far fewer machines than the place I used to work for, many of the machines we get in are of the same model. So here we have a nice image of, say, a Dell GX270 with all the WinUpdates, drives, and all...

But if I through that image onto another machine, we have duplicate COAs!

Is there a way I can reinput the correct COA onto the machine I put the other machine's image on? Perhaps if I delete a particular registery key from the image itself, it will ask me for it? And then I can put in the correct one?



Question by:frankralph
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    Accepted Solution

    You can use SysPrep for this:;en-us;302577&sd=tech

    You have to install the image on a workstation, then prepare the workstation with SysPrep for deployment and then make a new image and use only this new image for deployment.  


    Author Comment

    Ooh, that looks nice, thanks for the link. I just found this:

    Experts Exchange: Changing XP serial number

    but would love to fix the souce itself and what you posted seems to do just that.

    I'll try that out as soon as I have a chance and then submit points to you (or to whoever presents the best solution).

    Thanks again,

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    Expert Comment

    You'll get a lot of trouble if you only change the serial number if you use the workstations in a network. You have to make sure that every machine has its own and unique SID (security identifier). If you don't force SysPrep to keep the SID (parameter -nosidgen) it'll generate a new one.
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    Expert Comment

    If you use setup manager you can also fill out loads of other settings so it will connect to the network, map printers and run scripts. It hen builds a mini unatended setup.

    This is much easier than using just using bare sysprep, it also makes sure you don't miss anthing.

    Author Comment

    Worked like a charm. Thanks. :)

    Author Comment

    Doh, apparently that technique won't help me for the Win2000 images I would like to make as well. Any solution for Win2000?


    Author Comment

    This should work
    Windows 2000 System Preparation Tool, Version 1.1

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