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Do I need to Sysprep a Windows 7 machine?

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Hi,

I was wondering if you need to do a Sysprep on Windows 7 machines? The people at my work told me that we dont need too since they are using a Dell factory image. We are currently using Acronis Snap Deply and they said that Acronis will strip out the SID and computer name as well. I was wondering if this is true because at my last job, I always had to run the Sysprep on all images.

Thanks.
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Lee W, MVP earned 1200 total points
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First, if you imaging systems you MUST use sysprep.

Second, you (and your company CANNOT use Dell factory images.  You MUST use a Volume license to build the image.  Reimaging rights are not included with OEM images.  See: http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/D/4/3D42BDC2-6725-4B29-B75A-A5B04179958B/Reimaging.docx
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As already stated you are in fact in breach of license and therefore the law if you are using a Dell OEM image to mass install/deploy machines.
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Thanks for the quick reply. Would it still be a breach of license even though I have the COA that came with each machine?
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Yes - read the document I posted.  Reimaging rights are NOT INCLUDED with OEM copies - the COA means you have a legal copy but does not grant you the right to reimage.  Getting the rights is easy enough - you need at least ONE Volume license for the version of Windows you are installing OR LATER and then you can deploy it to those workstations PROVIDED they have the same version or higher (meaning you can't use a VL copy of Pro and deploy to 50 PCs that have Home... the PCs must come with Pro... then a VL copy of Pro can be used to redeploy Windows to those systems.  It's a SHORT document (less than two pages) please read and if you have problems understanding (sometimes licensing language can be challenging) cite the parts you are uncertain of and I'll try to clarify.
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Thank You for your help. I understand it now. Appreciate it!
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