Keeping my access and settings.

Toshiba Satellite pro a200-ez2204x noteb...
November 17, 2009 at 16:08:32
Specs: Windows XP
The laptop that I use has to go back to the IT people for to be "re-imaged" and all my settings,updates, downloaded software etc.will disappear. The last time this happened it took weeks to get back to a useful state, because I had to keep going back to the IT people to get permissions. I have currently got administrator status but the new IT guy says this will be withdrawn with the new image.

Is there anything I can do now that will enable me to set up the computer as I want after the re-image? Windows XP sp3

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November 17, 2009 at 16:43:30
You should discuss this with your IT people. Seems like it would be in their best interest to work with you.

Do you have any idea why they are doing the "re-image"? Might be that your added software is what they don't want.

The issue may the "downloaded software".

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November 17, 2009 at 16:44:30
Nope. Any changes you make now will be lost when they reimage it, so doing anything at this stage would be pointless. In all honesty, when it is reimaged it should have everything on it that you need to do business. If it doesn't, your IT department is out of the loop. If you find it doesn't have things you would *like* (as opposed to things you need to get your job done) your best bet would be to either a) use another personal computer or b) remote-desktop into your personal computer from the work computer.

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November 17, 2009 at 17:13:37
Why do they want to reimage your computer? From what I've seen where I work, they generally don't reimage just for the sake of reimaging. It's usually because the computer has become so screwed up that it's easier/quicker to reimage than to spend hours trying to fix the problem(s). I also suspect the problem may be the "downloaded software".

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November 22, 2009 at 16:40:57
Thank you all for the replies.
The laptop never goes back to work as we have our own desktops there. Everything there has been reimaged by the original installers after two years of mayhem, so I have lost all my research tools there. It is not in their remit to install anything but the basic software and it will be up to our boys to install anything else we need and that will take months. I do not want to lose them again. Can I use two different hard drives? How?

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November 22, 2009 at 16:52:59
If the laptop is working OK now then why does it need to be re-imaged?

Is there some proprietary company software also running on there?

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November 28, 2009 at 03:06:00
We have over 200 desktops and 200 laptops in use in and out of the office in a building less than 2 years old. The company that originally installed everything have been called
back to sort out the mess and want to reimage everything. When I get the laptop back I am told it will be a "blank canvas" apart from standard office and publicly availble stuff.
It is in the nature of the business that we do a lot of individual research and what I want to do is keep settings, passwords, file viewers, subscription codes, connectivity software, datahandling programs etc.
I am told that our people can re-install everything later.
What I want to avoid is nuisance and delay that this will cause, particularly as I will soon be on maternity leave and want to stay ahead of the game.
I am not permitted do my work on a private laptop.
There is no proprietary company software.

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November 28, 2009 at 10:14:26
Then convince them that YOUR laptop doesn't need to be re-imaged. Short of that I think you are out of luck.

If you were to partition the hard drive and install all your "file viewers, subscription codes, connectivity software, datahandling programs etc." on the second partition then in the future you could possibly avoid this issue.

That assumes the image would be the same one originally installed.

Look at the link below for ideas on partitioning strategies.

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