Image creation on Windows 7 seems slightly different than what we used to do with Windows XP. Under Windows XP, I used
sysprep to generalize the system (get rid of device-dependent stuff), reboot on a Norton Ghost or Acronis boot CD and take an image of the system from there.
Under Windows 7,
sysprep seems different. I first tried what I used to do under Windows XP environments : running
sysprep, reboot, take image, done. The problem is, after an image restore on another pc (same model, same peripherals), third-party drivers are gone and everything seems just... ...screwed up.
I then searched the web and found a Microsoft article that explains how to deploy Windows 7 environments. The articles teaches how to create a Windows PE USB boot drive, put
imageX on it (
imageX is new to me, as it looks like a new MS supported way to create system images), then boot into audit mode, remove the user profile used to configure the system, then create an image using
I'll have to teach level-1 support technicians to create images under Windows 7 environments. This procedure is quite long and the many steps to get through the whole thing leaves a lot of human error possibilities.
Anybody deploying Windows 7 systems and could suggest the quickest way to do it ?