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Windows 7 SYSPREP question

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jkeegan123Flag for United States of America asked on
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Regarding Windows 7, the SYSPREP procedure has changed tremendously, and is extremely more cumbersome

(reference:  http://blog.brianleejackson.com/sysprep-a-windows-7-machine-%E2%80%93-start-to-finish-v2)

However, if you browse your Windows 7 installation, you will find that "C:\Windows\System32\sysprep" contains a SYSPREP.EXE file that you can run.  When you run this program, you have the option to perform (2) tasks:

System Cleanup Active:  Enter System Out-of-box-experience  OR Enter system audit mode
Shutdown Options:  Reboot OR Shutdown OR Quit

If I run this SYSPREP.EXE and select System Cleanup Action:  OOBE and SHUTDOWN, will that not have the same result as running SYSPREP.EXE in Windows XP, thus preparing this system for image and multi-deployment?  I will be deploying this image onto 100 desktops, and they ALL have identical hardware.

Please advise if going this route and NOT doing the very painful new method required by using the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) will achieve the desired results:  A system with a unique SID that will ask for it to be NAMED and joined to a domain when it reboots after it is deployed using a cloning solution like Ghost or Acronis.

Thanks!
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Ernie BeekFlag of Netherlands imageSenior infrastructure engineer
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