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  • I work in a small business that pushes win2k pro on workstations we have a volume license for.  Our newest computers come proloaded with winxp pro that we'd like to use, but I can't spend five hours on each computer to set up.   If I use an image from one on the others, what's Microsoft's and WGA's position?

     

     

     

    Saturday, September 16, 2006 2:32 PM

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  •  stevenestrada wrote:

    I work in a small business that pushes win2k pro on workstations we have a volume license for.  Our newest computers come proloaded with winxp pro that we'd like to use, but I can't spend five hours on each computer to set up.   If I use an image from one on the others, what's Microsoft's and WGA's position?

    The Microsoft Policy Concerning Disk Duplication of Windows XP Installations
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314828&Product=winxp

    Do not disk duplicate installed versions of Windows
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/162001/en-us

    How to Use Sysprep: An Introduction
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/introduction.mspx

    Preserving OEM Pre-Activation when Re-installing Windows XP
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/oempreac.mspx

    How to change the SID on a Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows NT computer
    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ghost.nsf/docid/1999050308324125

    Saturday, September 16, 2006 9:42 PM
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  • Thanks for the links.

    XP is preactivated on the computers, so figure I need to use these two procedures:

    How to Prepare Images for Disk Duplication with Sysprep
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/duplication.mspx

    Preserving OEM Pre-Activation when Re-installing Windows XP
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/oempreac.mspx

    What I don't get is why I loaded a bunch of software to one of them, connected it to the internet and updated everything manually -  including windows updates - then prepared it for imaging - deleting temp  files - shutting off system restore, etc, then put it back on our closed net and tested it OK, rebooting a few times as part of the process.  Everything works fine.

    I saved the image then restored the image to the same computer. No sysprep anything.  Now get a a WGA notification the software may be pirated.

    I pushed the same image to another computer. No sysprep anything. The other computer works fine.

    I pushed the image back to the master electing to use the vendor's sid change utility with the task. Now it seems fine.

    Saturday, September 23, 2006 2:46 PM
  • Why is it I put the backup image on the computer I made it from and now it complains about being illegal?

    Why is it I put the backup image on a different computer whcih doesn't complain?

     

     

    Wednesday, September 27, 2006 11:46 PM
  • You have to login as an administrator and validate for the first time when using images.

     

    -phil

    Thursday, September 28, 2006 5:11 AM
  • >> You have to login as an administrator and validate for the first time when using images. <<

    Restoring a computer from IT'S BACKUP - shouldn't flag it as pirated.

    Downloading the same backup image to another computer - should.

    The opposite happened.

    The legal installation is flagged bad. The illegal installation works fine and doesn't ask to be (re)validated.

    Poking around MS websites downloading things only available to genuine software worked fine too on the illegal installation.    

    Both PC hard drives have since been erased.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Monday, October 30, 2006 11:10 AM