Sysprep Question


V

VMS Tech

I'm playing around with sysprep on a test XP Pro system, and I found out
that after using "factory mode" then "reseal" it erased my "registered to:"
field in my System Properties. I had information in there prior to testing,
what can I do to fix/prevent this from happening in the future?


Thanks
 
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Will Denny

Hi

'Playing around' with Sysprep is OK, but... Your posting has answered your own Q. "Factory Mode" & "Registered to;". 'Reseal' doesn't do all that it is purported to do. You really need to use the guidelines for using Sysprep if you are going to install onto a large number of PCs. How many PCs are going to install onto 100, 200+?

Will
 
V

VMS Tech

5

all XP Pro OEM's

All with the same company info, all differant CD keys


Hi

'Playing around' with Sysprep is OK, but... Your posting has answered your
own Q. "Factory Mode" & "Registered to;". 'Reseal' doesn't do all that it
is purported to do. You really need to use the guidelines for using Sysprep
if you are going to install onto a large number of PCs. How many PCs are
going to install onto 100, 200+?

Will
 
M

Manda Luyong

It's been a long time since I did Sysprep on XP. But if I remembered
correctly, I think I selected mini setup for it to stick.
 
V

VMS Tech

My Goal is..

5 computers that are 100% the same hardware/software. I want to make a
master system, get everything tested and working, then ghost the image onto
the 4 other systems. I have 5 XP Pro OEM keys, and each computer needs to
have it's own key. I was told "sysprep" could take came of this for me. All
the computers are also for the same company.

I Hope this fills in some blanks.


Thanks
 
W

Will Denny

Hi

Didn't realise that you have OEM CDs. You can't to do it, because once an OEM CD has been installed onto one PC it is 'restricted' to that PC and will not install onto another one. The best way was to buy a Volume License.

Will
 
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Manda Luyong

Are you sure about that? I have used OEM with sysprep before. As long as
you set it up to prompt you for the key, it should be OK. As a matter of
fact, I kept a copy of sysprep.inf file for both OEM and VLK. For VLK, I
have Product ID spelled out under [User Data] so it dont't prompt me for a
key. For OEM, it's blank.

Hi

Didn't realise that you have OEM CDs. You can't to do it, because once an
OEM CD has been installed onto one PC it is 'restricted' to that PC and will
not install onto another one. The best way was to buy a Volume License.

Will
 
W

Will Denny

The idea of Sysprep is that you *don't* need any prompts. With VL, you can use Sysprep *without* any prompts.

Will

Manda Luyong said:
Are you sure about that? I have used OEM with sysprep before. As long as
you set it up to prompt you for the key, it should be OK. As a matter of
fact, I kept a copy of sysprep.inf file for both OEM and VLK. For VLK, I
have Product ID spelled out under [User Data] so it dont't prompt me for a
key. For OEM, it's blank.

Hi

Didn't realise that you have OEM CDs. You can't to do it, because once an
OEM CD has been installed onto one PC it is 'restricted' to that PC and will
not install onto another one. The best way was to buy a Volume License.

Will

VMS Tech said:
My Goal is..

5 computers that are 100% the same hardware/software. I want to make a
master system, get everything tested and working, then ghost the image onto
the 4 other systems. I have 5 XP Pro OEM keys, and each computer needs to
have it's own key. I was told "sysprep" could take came of this for me. All
the computers are also for the same company.

I Hope this fills in some blanks.


Thanks



that
 
M

Manda Luyong

Have you tried selecting mini-setup and reseal?

VMS Tech said:
I don't have a volume license for the 5 computers I have OEM licenses to
work with. I just need to know an easy way I can get ALL systems running
with differant OEM keys.

I want to make an image of one system and ghost the rest. I want to get one
of the computers installed and working the way I want, and then just ghost
the image onto the last 4 systems. This will save me tons of time.

Is there ANY way I can do this???


Thanks,



Hi

Didn't realise that you have OEM CDs. You can't to do it, because once an
OEM CD has been installed onto one PC it is 'restricted' to that PC and will
not install onto another one. The best way was to buy a Volume License.

Will
 
M

Manda Luyong

The idea of Sysprep is to pre-install the OS. If you're an OEM, you would
set it up so that the end user will have to type the key and activate XP.
You would also set it up so that they can have the option to type the name
of the registered user.
The idea of Sysprep is that you *don't* need any prompts. With VL, you can
use Sysprep *without* any prompts.

Will

Manda Luyong said:
Are you sure about that? I have used OEM with sysprep before. As long as
you set it up to prompt you for the key, it should be OK. As a matter of
fact, I kept a copy of sysprep.inf file for both OEM and VLK. For VLK, I
have Product ID spelled out under [User Data] so it dont't prompt me for a
key. For OEM, it's blank.

Hi

Didn't realise that you have OEM CDs. You can't to do it, because once an
OEM CD has been installed onto one PC it is 'restricted' to that PC and will
not install onto another one. The best way was to buy a Volume License.

Will

VMS Tech said:
My Goal is..

5 computers that are 100% the same hardware/software. I want to make a
master system, get everything tested and working, then ghost the image onto
the 4 other systems. I have 5 XP Pro OEM keys, and each computer needs to
have it's own key. I was told "sysprep" could take came of this for me. All
the computers are also for the same company.

I Hope this fills in some blanks.


Thanks



that PCs
are found
out
 
M

Mark L. Ferguson

It might be easiest for you to ghost, then re-activate each one.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Current Version\WPAEvents
"OOBETimer "
Change at least one digit of this value to deactivate Windows.

Start/Run, type:
%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a
Click Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to activate
Windows, and then click Next.
Click Change Product key.
Type the new product key in the New key boxes, and then click Update.
If you are returned to the previous window, click Remind me later.

Start/Run, type:
%systemroot%\system32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a
Activate online.

--
Mark L. Ferguson TabletPC MVP
Email address : (e-mail address removed) Subject: "QZ" + anything
All email without "QZ" in the subject line will be automatically deleted.
marfer's notes for XP > http://www.geocities.com/marfer_mvp/xp_notes.htm
..
 
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Will Denny

Hi Mark

Activate each installation as you say. I didn't think that is was possible to use Sysprep with OEM CDs - at least I've never been able to it. Several people have bought OEM CDs to the day/evening classes that I tutor, but I have tried Sysprep with those OEM CDs - it doesn't work - or at least I can't get it to work.

Will
 
M

Mark L. Ferguson

It's possible I am missing the point. Ghosting is different from Sysprep.

--
Mark L. Ferguson TabletPC MVP
Email address : (e-mail address removed) Subject: "QZ" + anything
All email without "QZ" in the subject line will be automatically deleted.
marfer's notes for XP > http://www.geocities.com/marfer_mvp/xp_notes.htm
..

Hi Mark

Activate each installation as you say. I didn't think that is was possible to
use Sysprep with OEM CDs - at least I've never been able to it. Several people
have bought OEM CDs to the day/evening classes that I tutor, but I have tried
Sysprep with those OEM CDs - it doesn't work - or at least I can't get it to
work.

Will
 
V

VMS Tech

I'll give that a try Mark.


Thanks,




Mark L. Ferguson said:
It's possible I am missing the point. Ghosting is different from Sysprep.

--
Mark L. Ferguson TabletPC MVP
Email address : (e-mail address removed) Subject: "QZ" + anything
All email without "QZ" in the subject line will be automatically deleted.
marfer's notes for XP > http://www.geocities.com/marfer_mvp/xp_notes.htm
.

Hi Mark

Activate each installation as you say. I didn't think that is was possible to
use Sysprep with OEM CDs - at least I've never been able to it. Several people
have bought OEM CDs to the day/evening classes that I tutor, but I have tried
Sysprep with those OEM CDs - it doesn't work - or at least I can't get it to
work.

Will
 
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M

Manda Luyong

Glad to hear you got it working.

VMS Tech said:
Thanks alot it worked just they way I needed it to!!, you just saved me a
load of time.

Thanks!!!



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