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somehow i have become the go to guy in our family and friends for this.  i set up many peoples laptops or computers when they get them.  i spend a lot of time uninstalling the junk that comes with new pcs and then installing all the settings and software i find to be best.  

is there a simple way to just setup and save a complete environment of software. operating ssytem and settings and then just copy it onto a new pc or laptop regardless of how the pc or laptop came configured?

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Hi,

You can use Symantec Ghost software to create one master image and you can reimage to other systems in within 10 mins,

Before that you can make oone computer perfect and create a master image of that computer using Ghot software. (This method is also called as Cloning)

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see if i understand.  i can setup a windows 7 with all system settings i prefer and all software i installed.  i then make an image of that drive.  i now take the new laptop or pc and copy that image to the new laptop and it will start up running the same windows and software i installed on the other?  does it matter what hard drive size is on new pc or laptop?  does it matter what operating system was on new pc?  does it matter whether it is 32 or 64 bit?  sorry if i am not making sense :-(
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Actually leew is right. I dont know a lot about licensing but at least you can install the laptop and make an image of it, store it and have it for restoring the disk to its original install state.

Best practice is to install everything (os, drivers, updates and programs ) then make an image with whatever program you want and store it on the persons computer. Name it backup-DATE and store it somewhere you know they wont delete it (or warn them not to delete that? ).
That way when someone wants you to reinstall you just copy the image on your usb and restore from that image. Restore in 10-15 minutes and you are good to go. Just dont forget to backup documents before restoring from the image ;)
getting some insight now.  thanks all.  my goal is not to image and save a backup.  it is to image and use on other computers, hence saving all the time of stripping junk off new computers and installing desired software.  that ninite thing seems cool.  now if only there was something to image system settings etc to the new pc....
You can use something like Ninite.  I've only used it once so far but it seems to do the trick as far as adding "good" utilities, etc.

You are going to have less work doing a clean install of Windows, adding the drivers, dealing with Authentication, etc. by doing it from scratch.  

That said, creating an image of your result is a good idea for when it's needed.  Data backups are assumed of course.
thanks all