How to set up 100 identical XP Home computers


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kmarbach

We are wanting to configure one netbook with XP Home edition and then
set up another 100 or so netbooks (all the same model) with identical
settings. This will involve installing a few small programs (like
TweakUI, VNC software, etc. and configuration changes in power
settings, display settings, etc. What is the easiest way to do this to
save time - we don't want to have to make every setting on every
computer by hand? We can spend some money on software to do this if
necessary. Thanks in advance, Keith
 
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Zaphod Beeblebrox

kmarbach said:
We are wanting to configure one netbook with XP Home edition and
then
set up another 100 or so netbooks (all the same model) with
identical
settings. This will involve installing a few small programs (like
TweakUI, VNC software, etc. and configuration changes in power
settings, display settings, etc. What is the easiest way to do this
to
save time - we don't want to have to make every setting on every
computer by hand? We can spend some money on software to do this if
necessary. Thanks in advance, Keith
Use Sysprep - a tool by MS designed to take a configured system and
prepare it for cloning - then use an imaging program like Ghost to
capture the system image and duplicate it onto each of the other
systems. Be aware that some settings don't survive the Sysprep
process, so you may need to merge a .reg file after the first boot -
something that you can automate with Sysprep, thankfully.

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