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How do I image one system to load onto another system?

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    Win 8.1 Enterprise

    How do I image one system to load onto another system?


    I will be setting up many kiosks. Each machine will have it's own key for Windows 8.1.

    I want to be able to make a copy of a completed machine and be able to load all third party software and settings onto other machines. What is the best way to do this and will it be an exact copy, i.e. all software will be installed on the next machine?

    Thanks!

    Brett.

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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Macrium Reflect has a boot CD creator that will allow you to restore the image to each machine. Just don't activate the first machine until you make the image to use on the others. Of course you need to use Macrium to make the image.

    Do the machines have a CD/DVD drive or do you have a portable drive? Otherwise will have to do it with flash drive.

    Oh, also the free version is for personal home use only.

    EDIT: This also assumes all the machines are exactly alike when it comes to hardware.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Thanks, I couldn't remember that one! Stupid old brain and I've never had to use sysprep myself.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I haven't used it either but have seen it recommended many times.
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    Posts : 16
    Win 8.1 Enterprise


    Both of these look like viable solutions. Thank you!
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    Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro x64


    Yep. If using in an enterprise situation you would need a paid cloning program like Macrium pro or Acronis. (I've used both and recommend either.)

    If I were you I would do this: Before activating Windows on the "completed" computer:

    Open a Command Prompt (Administrator) by right clicking on the start button and click the referenced. Do the commands:

    net stop WMPNetworkSvc
    cd sysprep
    sysprep /audit /reboot

    The system will now reboot. When it boots to the desktop, you will see "System Preparation Tool" dialogue. Make sure you select the options "Enter System Out of Box Experience" "Shutdown" and tick the "Generalise" box. Then click OK. The computer will shut down.

    Now, boot from the Macrium/acronis boot disk/flash drive, and have external media handy to copy the image to, depending on the software you are using the steps are different but the general gyst of it is you want to "Back up my disks" "Back up all partitions"

    Save the image to your external media, shutdown the kiosk, then apply the image to the rest of them. Turn them all on and run through OOBE and activate and all will be well You can also save the image for later use in case one of them has an issue, you can just re-apply the image.
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How do I image one system to load onto another system?
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