Windows 7 Install Including Programs for Mult

December 23, 2010 at 13:44:11
Specs: Windows 7
I have 120 computers to setup all are Dells with Windows 7 Pro preinstalled on them. What I am trying to do is setup one computer exactly the way I want it, put a base set of programs on it (Office, Adobe, ect) then image that to an external HDD and simply write that image to all of the HDDs instead of setting everything up on each computer one at a time. I come here to ask for advice because I followed what claimed to be a complete guide for doing just this and after spending several hours all I can get to is a point where the image is written to the drive but when you try to boot it says cannot find BootMgr. So maybe someone could point me to a detailed step by step guide for doing this? Or just give me some tips on how its done.

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December 23, 2010 at 16:01:06
What did you use to create the image?

Is the boot order in the BIOS of the receiving machines set correctly?

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findb...

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December 23, 2010 at 20:08:07
They must be all exactly the same to do what you want (different motherboard, video, etc will be a problem). You will have to change the windows 'key; after you do this (unless you make the image before 'activating' windows) or all of the computers will be running on the same key and MS will be knocking on your door within days. You will need third party software to make the drive image and to copy the image to the other drive(s). One possibility would be the hard drive manufacturer's free disk utilities you can download and with that you can download (usually PDF file) the manual for it with the instructions for what you want to do.

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December 24, 2010 at 06:43:13
MS will be knocking on your door within days
Yes that is a worry unless:
You have a volume Licence Key
OR
Your PCs are all from the same OEM supplier with an SLP capable OEM BIOS.

If they have to be separate keys then you can change keys post install to update them with their correct keys. There are utilities available that will let you do that.

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