This question has been asked in a few ways, but I wanted to re-submit with a couple of angles.
Before I begin, I am coming back to imaging after doing it for many years, then not doing for the last four/five. "Back in the day..." I would prep an XP box, run Sysprep, use Ghost to clone to another HDD. Then, when the image was needed, I connected the image-HDD as a slave, run Ghost again, and bobs-your-uncle.
However, now I am reading about angles with limited times you can re-image, Sysprep not working the same as before.
What I don't want to do (this is a small case, I only need to clone 8 PCs) is do anything server-based right now. While I am sure it is slick and efficient, but I am also sure getting to that point would take as much time as manually building 8 PCs.
So, in a nutshell:
Can I still do it as before, where I setup a PC (using Win 7), run Sysprep (or something similar), image the HD 'somewhere', and restore it to the seven remaining PCs?
I am ok with buying software (Ghost, Acronis, etc.) if it helps matters.
Let me know,