Is there an easier way to sysprep XP machines to Win 7

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October 6, 2013 at 18:36:13
Specs: Vista Ultimate, SP2, 3.0Ghz/2Ghz
If there are mutiple users with Windows XP is there an easier way to PXE boot them to convert to Windows 7 rather than taking each machine to a central area to do an F12? Trying to make it easier than having to retrieve the machine, bring it to the F12 location, then bring it back again. Already thought about flash drives but then you would need numerous flash drives to do many PCs at once. Having an install on a network drive would be easier but don't know if you can do a clean install that way rather than an XP to 7 upgrade. Anybody have any ideas? Thanks.

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October 6, 2013 at 20:02:11
See if these help.

What Is Network Booting (PXE) and How Can You Use It?

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Sysprep a Windows 7 Machine – Start to Finish V2
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How-To Create A Windows 7 System Image
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October 7, 2013 at 19:41:25
Thanks for all the information! Now if there's enough time to read thru it and keep the project on schedule.

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October 9, 2013 at 11:24:54
I trust you've checked the spec for each of the XP machines. Quite often there are driver and performance issues when upgrading to Windows 7. You need to be well above the minimum spec and sometimes drivers are just not available. The reason for mentioning this is that it sounds a bit risky upgrading multiple computers remotely unless you are quite sure about all this for each one.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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