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Windows 7 Hardware Independent Imaging?

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I have heard that Windows 7 allows for hardware independent images. I would like to create this Image for laptops & desktop. How do I do this? Also, can this image have the standard applications on it? Please assist.
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Hardware-independent:  by this do you mean an image that can successfully be deployed on ANY system, with drivers and applications alike?  This does not exist by itself as a feature of Windows 7.  Sysprep is on the Windows 7 DVD, so you could sysprep it, and deploy to many identical systems.

In order to have a single image you can deploy to a number of different systems, you would need use MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit) and/or WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit), sysprepping your images to remove product key, SID, and any other specific identifiers, and add relevant drivers for the system hardware you intend to deploy to.

Or, you'd need to create a separate sysprepped image for each model of PC you intend to deploy to.
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I need to have a single image to deploy to different systems. I don't know alot about Windows 7, but I know that because of drivers any image I take from one machine will not work on all machines. But I was wondering how can I have one image to deploy to multiple machines with a way to also deploy the drivers for those machines.
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Easiest way?  Server 2008 R2 WDS (Windows Deployment Services).  You can set up driver "groups" to deploy with an image, based on the system model.  Just playing with this one day, I was able to set up WDS to deploy 2008R2 with drivers for a PowerEdge 2850 in under 30 minutes.

You can learn more about other deployment options here (Section 2 covers deployment and use of MTD/WAIK/WDS):
http://www.professormesser.com/microsoft-70-680/free-microsoft-70-680-training/
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