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Hi there,

Is there a way to create a windows 7 image and allow that image to work on any type of system wheather it be a laptop or a desktop...

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by:MaximumIQ
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Yes, there is a microsoft utility called sysprep that will do just that.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744512(WS.10).aspx
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Hi there,

You mean create an image so it can run on any system?
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You can install on multiple computers but you must deal with the licensing eventually:


I got below from this link:
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/product-activation-faq.aspx

Can I use my Volume License Keys to exercise my reimaging rights?

Yes. Reimaging rights are granted to all Microsoft Volume Licensing customers. Under these rights, customers may reimage original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or full packaged product (FPP) licensed copies using media provided under their Volume Licensing agreement as long as copies made from the Volume Licensing media are identical to the originally licensed product.

As a Volume Licensing customer, the Volume License Keys you need can be found on the Product Key page. You can also request your key(s) through the Activation Call Centers. Note that if you are an Open License customer, you must purchase at least one unit of the product that you want to reimage to obtain access to the product media and receive a key.

For more information, read the Volume Licensing Brief about reimaging.
I want to reimage Windows 7 Professional by using the MAK instead of KMS. What if I do not have enough activations associated with the MAK to do so?
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by:Netflo
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Just to add another solution to the mix, you could use imaging technology, not cheap but can be simpler to roll out. I would recommend looking at Acronis, the component you're after is called Universal Restore.

You can imaging a clean machine with a small partition. With Acronis, you can restore to dissimilar hardware; whether PC, laptop or even server hardware and resize the drives to match the destination hard drive. You need to provide the relevant network, chipset, hard disk subsystem drivers and your done.

Licensing is another area for you to consider, but I believe my solution answers your question, hope this helps!
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by:AntonInf
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Thank you for the file, i tried it and it said it couldnt open the mysysrep.xml or something like that.. deo I have to prepare a file and copy it on the image before running mysysrep.
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thank you for that so does that mean ghost is not good for windows 7
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when i use mysysrep as the option (just out of box) when it reboots it says

unable to modify unattended.xml
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help please its still not working.... i think i have hit a brick wall
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