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I create the images for my company and Im starting to do so with the RTM of windows 7. Im struggling, and Im sure many of you are as well. Im going to share some notes that Ive made in hopes of helping you, and perhaps you all can help me.


Creating a default profile:


As far as I can tell this can only be done with using sysprep, this is new to win7. What I have done is used AIK and created a xml file using the copy profile in the specialize pass.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">

<settings pass="specialize">

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">




<cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:c:/documents%20and%20settings/altirisadmin/my%20documents/windows7rc-imaging-files/files/sources/install.wim#Windows 7 PROFESSIONAL" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />



save the xml file in c:\windows\system32\sysprep


then run the following command from a command prompt: sysprep.exe /generalize /oobe /quiet /unattend:nameofanswerfile .xml




If anyone has any additional imaging tips, tricks, or comments, Id love to hear them and share experiences.

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