change windows XP ghost image file for deployment

Dell Dell latitude d400, d500, d600, d80...
May 28, 2012 at 01:53:25
Specs: Windows XP, 2.4GHz /8Gb
Hello everyone,

i think this is a very straight forward problem, i think i have just forgotton how to do it and i am now under pressure to sort it out.

We have had an XP image saved as a Ghost image and there is no problem with the image, however we need to change it.

We have new PCs with new drivers and we also need to upgrade programs such as office, XP SP3 etc etc.

Now, i loaded on the new machine, put all the new drivers in, updated the programs, SP3, IE8. All good.

So i have my perfect image. Then something went wrong. this is the bit i don't really remember.
i ran the sysprep tool and i chose reseal 'do not re-create SIDs' i thought you had to do this because you don't want the computer SID to be created as it has to be different for every machine.

well i saved it out and then reloaded it.

I was then prompted for the windows XP licence key
Well of course this is a mistake. It is a VLK embedded into the current image.

So this is the question, when i want to change an image and redeploy it, how do i save out the image, so when it reloads it won't prompt me for anything except maybe the PC name as it will be different everytime.
i think i have to use 'use mini setup' which i didn't tick before but i am not sure.

many thanks for your help in advance

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May 28, 2012 at 12:57:45
You really need to look at the Microsoft pages for this issue. It is all there.

Be sure you understand your rights to do this also as provided under the eula and licenses.

Hang up and live.

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June 1, 2012 at 06:33:44
we are permitted to do it. We have all the legal processes in place. There is nothing dodgy or illegal in what we are trying to do. We have an existing image with the legal VLK key and we advise microsoft of all PCs we install. We have a team of asset controllers whose job is to make sure we stay on the legal side.

one suggestion is for me to just save the image and then run the new SID tool
sounds like a plan but this isn't what was already done.

I found a sysprep.ini file. From what i understand i need to run sysprep with a link to the ini file. The only bit of informaiton i found was that the ini file and the exe file need to be in the same directory. Thing is, we don't want the ini file to be left in the image and it needs to be present at the time of running. Seems odd. Anyway when i run the sysprep tool from within windows it ignores the ini file.

i am probably going o ohave to use the first suggestion

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