I'm replacing all the old windows XP machines in my network to new machines running windows 7.
I hoped it would be an easy task, but apparently it isn't: all the machines I've installed (using WDS) are repetitively showing peculiar errors and going into system restore.
The DC is a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine, and so are the DHCP, DNS and WDS services.
For example: all the machines have shown the error: filename or extension too long when trying to install new programs locally, when trying to open c:\windows\System32\systempropertiesadvanced.exe, or when trying to use WMI, or sysinternals tools such as procmon.
There are probably other programs that will fail in this fashion, but I didn't try to run them.
Moreover, all the machines tend to go into system restore once every 2-3 days - and I haven't been able to ascertain why. Resetting a computer after encountering the first problem will get me to system restore 100% of the time. I can't remember if it ever happened without the first symptom, though. My guess is that this is either a problem with the image that I have installed or with the group policy that might have XP stuff Win7 just doesn't like.
I've tried to run GPUpdate /force on a newly installed machine and restarting it, nothing happened (though this happened after removing some GPOs that I deemed unnecessary).
I've tried installing a machine from a newly captured image and joining the domain - the error lived on (the machine joined the domain before I removed those GPOs, but the error happened after I removed them).
Any advice on how to solve this mess?