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I have about 25 Windows XP PCs to upgrade to Windows 7. They are all various models of hardware, but made by Dell. The only common software between the 25 PCs is I want them to have Windows 7 and Office 2010 Standard. I've purchased licenses for each. The PCs have redirect desktops, favorites, and documents.

What would be the quickest way to get Windows 7, Office 2010 Standard, and all the updates for both applications installed to each of my 25 PCs?  Then i can do a manual install of each one off unique application. I don't need preserve anything from the Windows XP install.

Thank you so much!
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The fastest way would be to use imaging.  Honestly, for 25 systems, it MIGHT be a little complex to do it this way UNLESS you can see the value in imaging for the future.

In short, *I* would create a reference image in a VM.  Capture it and deploy it to your workstations (provided they are all x64 compatible; otherwise you might need a second 32 bit image).

Unfortunately, MAYBE, you purchased your licenses already.  Unfortunate only if you DIDN'T buy a volume license.  If you did, then you're set.  If you didn't buy at least ONE volume license upgrade, then you cannot image and you'll have to install everything manually.  Or buy a volume license so you can image.

As for tools, I would use the MS tools - included with Server 2003 and later - WDS - Windows Deployment Services.
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by:Michael-Best
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You need to creat a customized Install disc.

This guide should help:

http://lifehacker.com/5793427/how-to-create-a-custom-windows-installation-dvd-or-usb-install
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I would also suggest to make an image and then deploy it. The image will come in handy down the line and you can create it with the drivers as well so that all drivers for the systems automatically install. and as more updates become available all you need to do is update the image.

do you need to update all the machines at once? if not you can fairly easily make an image and go round with 2-3 cheap usb sticks.. this would take about 40 mins for each
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since the pc's are different models, and hardware - you could :
-image the ones which are similar
-just do a fresh install for the different ones - maybe with a customised install disk

**use an USB stick for the installs -  much faster than with CD !

***what are the minimum specs for the systems you have?  cpu, ram, and disk?
you may want to upgrade ram on some!
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You don't need to worry about different PCs - Windows 7 a SINGLE IMAGE can image all PCs of the same platform - x86 or x64.  I build images in VMs and deploy them to laptops and desktops with no problems.
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What about drivers etc?
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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I think the answer has been given.. imaging is the fastest method.. confirmed by multiple people..
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by:First Last
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Hi -

I thank everyone for their comments. Here is what I've done to speed things up:

1) I used a usb stick instead of a dvd. The USB got things running a lot faster.
2) I also tried used Windows Easy Transfer. It is free from Microsoft.
3) I've tried to use WDS, but i'm having issues right now.
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Usb stick is good.. usb 3 is great if you have compatible ports on your machines..

What issues are you having with WDS.?
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