How do I perform a Windows 7 Pro installation on one computer and clone it to identical systems?
Posted on 2012-03-23
I have a bunch of Dell Vostro computers at work with the same model/hardware configuration. Currently they are running Windows XP Pro and we would like to install Windows 7 Pro. We have the Dell windows 7 Pro install discs as we initially elected the Windows XP Pro downgrade option.
After I have installed Windows 7 Pro and configured the first PC, what would be the best way to clone that config onto the others?
Will I run into problems changing the username and password on the cloned PCs and will this affect their ability to be authenticated by our Windows 2008 server? Before cloning the PCs, should I delete these users from the server or can I leave them as is?
Also, what apps should not be installed on the machine to be cloned, i.e., that won't work after cloning (e.g., MS office)?
Thank you for your help.