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Profile copy issue Windows 7 64-bit

I am currently creating an image on Dell PCs - in particular right now Latitude E6420.  Using Windows 7 64 bit DVD that came from Dell.  

When I create the image even with copy profile set to true, it will not copy to the default profile.  I have to use the Dell DVD's to use the OEM licensing.  Is there a way around the Dell default profile?
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ChrisWilcox
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Kent DyerCommented:
You have to keep in mind one thing..  When you are using Ghost/Acronis TrueImage, or like software it should not copy profiles for the reason that that the profile is security-based component of the OS and is based on a SID which is previously registered to another system build..

HTH,

Kent
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ChrisWilcoxAuthor Commented:
I am creating a base image and using MS Sysprep and ImageX to deploy.  According to Microsoft as long as you change the value of CopyProfile to True then it will copy how the Administrator account is set up to the default profile for items such as layout, background etc.  This works on a retail version of Windows 7, however it does not work with the Dell OEM DVD.  We do not have a site license except through Dell so I have no way to ceate this without their OEM DVD.

I hope that clears up my question a bit.
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Adam LeinssCommented:
How many local accounts do you have in your Dell image?  CopyProfile will take on the persona of the one that was updated last, so if you have an account other than local Administrator, you will want to remove that account so that CopyProfile only has one local account to look at.
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MParker2Commented:
We have tried everything we can think of that is why we are posting this question out here. We have removed all local accounts and left only the Built-In Administrator account. We have followed every rule that Microsoft set in the Answer file but the Copy Profile function still will not work. As stated this works with Microsoft Retail Version but not with the Dell OEM DVD.
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ChrisWilcoxAuthor Commented:
Anyone?  Bueller? Bueller?

I have reconfirmed this on two more of the laptops that it will pull EVERYTHING in the copy profile on a retail version of W7, but the Dell OEM for some reason will not pull much if any of the profile.
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Adam LeinssCommented:
I can't believe I'm going to actually post this, but you can do a hack and do realize that it's not supported by Microsoft:

http://dibbsolutions.com/support-training/windows-7-default-profile/

This is basically the way that it was done in 2000/XP/Vista and then Microsoft discontinued the ability to do so in Windows 7 because of all the issues it raised.

I take it volume licensing is not an option in your case?
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ChrisWilcoxAuthor Commented:
No, and i have already tried that.  Im in the process of breaking open the install dvd and see where they inject all this stuff.  Was hoping for a better answer before having to do that though....
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Adam LeinssCommented:
Alright, so you have the default user profile setup in your retail image OK, correct?

Given that you can put the default user profile on the NETLOGON share (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973289) and that the share doesn't care what favor of Windows 7 you are using, you can try dumping the default user profile from the retail image to a UNC share (any one, even \\yourpc\c$\somefolder should work) and then take that result and inject it into the OEM image.  You might be able to just take the folder straight out of the retail WIM and put it into the OEM image as well (try it both ways if the first way doesn't work).  The latest versions of 7Zip can open and extract WIM files.

Also, you should be able to load the default user profile as a hive...so if you know what customizations you want to make, you can export those out of your retail default user profile and import them directly into the OEM default user profile.

I was doing a little research and found this interesting article:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/uspartner_ts2team/archive/2010/04/20/oem-reimaging-rights.aspx

which seems to suggest that if you get any number of copies of Windows 7 through VL, you are allowed to re-image systems with the VL bits as long as the OEM machine came with Windows 7.

You might want to make your life easier and look at VL: then you only have to maintain one image and one default user profile.  Certainly, if we are talking 25 or more computers, VL is going to make your life a lot easier.
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ChrisWilcoxAuthor Commented:
Okay Aleinss you just saved the day!  Thank you much.  It turns out we DO have a VL for 10 but will use that to create the image.  Thank you sir, you rock.  

BTW your other solution was where we WERE headed, although I hadnt thought of loading the Hive across, thank you for that idea as well.
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ChrisWilcoxAuthor Commented:
GREAT dual solution for those that do and dont have VL agreements.
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Adam LeinssCommented:
Glad to have helped!
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