Universal & Portable Disk Image for ALL PCs

July 13, 2010 at 20:51:25
Specs: Windows XP
Hi there! I am trying to create an universal and portable disk image(s) for various versions of Windows on DIFFERENT PCs. I've seen it done before where a technician for hire simply came in, hook up his external hard drive (with all versions of OS installed) and within 15 minutes, he was able to reload a PC, drivers and all. I have over 12 PCs in my house used by different members of the family. Some are newer and some are older. Most have different H/S and O.S. versions. Please help! Being the only technical guy in the house I am bombarded with seemingly endless requests. Much obliged.

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July 13, 2010 at 23:26:26
all you need to do is create a backup image of each machine while it is all clean of problems, save the backup image on an external drive, and then you reload the image from the external drive.
alternatively you could use a program like acronis true image or backup, http://www.acronis.com/download/
with this you can a backup image of each macvhine on and external drive and also create a backup image on each machine so you can boot, press and F key and load the image in just a few moments from a hidden partition on each machine. very easy to use and very effective.

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July 14, 2010 at 04:47:47
Princecorum, I am aware I can Ghost each machine seperately but as a somewhat a tech junkie, I am always lookng for the "perfect" solution. In this case, I like to have 1 image for these 12 PCs plus possibly many more for friends and relatives who deserves my help :-) Anyway, I've done a lot of research last night and found I can use sysprep (Windows) and spdrvscn.exe to achieve what I'm trying to "perfect" Not going to be easy but looks real promisng. Thanks for the help!

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July 14, 2010 at 15:54:55
Mac2001 - Sysprep will work, but you will only be able to use the 1 image approach for Win7 machines. WinXP will need different system images based on the underlying HAL for each machine type (ACPI, APM, 32-bit, 64-bit, single core, multi-core). Sorry to thwart your idea of simple, but WinXP image deployments are not 1 stop shopping. Win7 is MUCH more promising due to improvements in sysprep and the imagex tools.

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