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Creating a Standard Windows Desktop Image ready for deployment

I have just created a desktop image for Windows XP to deploy to over 180 workstations within our organisation.

I have created a user on the XP image called "xp-user" I have then logged in as that user and installed and configured everything I want to have on the standard image. This includes standard apps such as office, adobe reader etc...  - I will deploy Outlook separately using the Outlook admin pak.

Once I am happy with the image, I have then logged off the machine and logged back in as a normal administrator. Once in as admin, I then go into the XP user profiles directory and copy everything in there to default user.

I then sysprep the machine and take a ghost image of it.

When I deploy the ghost image to a new machine it works fine with a couple of minor problems:

1: Additional icons appear on the desktop that I didn't want to appear - namely Media player
2: The configuration settings I have setup in certain apps like Word such as pointing templates to specific file locations have disappeared

Does anyone know how I can retain everything from what I have created in the XP-User profile so when any user logs on it keeps the settings that I have setup when using xp-user?

I know I can create GPO's for setting the Word values or even run a registry import at a login script for this but some of the other apps that I have put on this image aren't quite so straight forward to make registry settings for.

Could anyone please advise? Also could anyone recommend a decent "cheapish" tool such as ZEN Works or SMS for creating a snapshot of an image to roll out to other clients - Please note that SMS isn't within my budget!
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