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About to Create an Image for Fleet. Any Opinions or advice

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    About to Create an Image for Fleet. Any Opinions or advice


    Hi. I have a Laptop/Tablet and I am about to start creating an image for my fleet, we are mostly windows 7 at the moment but moving to windows 8.1 Pro.

    I am very new to the process of adding needed software,etc to a windows 8.1 image and then "creating" an image to deploy to fleet. (sysprep,unattend) everything is new.

    What are the steps involved? any great guides on this from beginning to end?

    Thank you all for your time and help..

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    100+ views and nobody has any help on this? great site!
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    You will have to install Windows 8.1 clean, not an upgrade. If you try to perform an upgrade, and then try to run Sysprep you will find that you are greeted with a nice error saying, "sorry, you cannot sysprep an upgraded machine".

    Don't take offence if people don't immediately answer you. Imaging for multiple computers is something that most enthusiasts here don't do. You have to wait for us guys who work in IT and deploy new machines into our environment to come along and comment.

    I responded as soon as I saw this thread for the first time.
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    Along that line, typically, a backup copy of one PC can be easily restored to another PC IF, the second PC has an identical motherboard CPU and attached hardware. In which case, both PC's use the same Driver Package. Then the Restored OS runs without any additional driver installs, etc.

    In Companies or Corp's where PC's are purchased in batches, where they are all identical, copying one PC to another is pretty simple.
    Just make a backup copy on one PC and restore it to a second PC.
    It gets a lot simpler, when only data files need to be restored and not the OS itself.

    The whole project gets really complicated really quick when the To and From PC's are not alike.

    Just a thought!

    TM
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    thank you both for your time and help. i guess im confused now as i just got my OEM version of windows 8 x64 and its windows 8 not 8.1 and i was told they dont offer or make a windows 8.1 OEM... ??
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    Take a look at those posts for more info.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
    How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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