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Cloning Windows 7


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#1 YellowShadow

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 08:18 PM

Hey,

I'm starting to build computers as a business and I don't want to individually install Windows 7 on each system I build. I've read that manufactors use disk cloning and have one master image that they copy onto each hard drive.

I was wondering how is this done? Do they setup one computer, install all their software and drivers, clone that computers hard drive and copy it onto other hard drives? If so then how does each computer have a unique key for Windows 7.

I'm planning on buying an OEM copy of Windows 7 for each computer I build. Is this the right way to do it?

Please help!

Thanks!

Edited by hamluis, 08 January 2011 - 08:56 PM.
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Posted 08 January 2011 - 09:27 PM

that what business usually do yes you are correct in the procedure you describe. They usually attend to buy a Volume License key but i could be wrong.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 09:27 PM

Edit: Sorry for double posting hit key to fast

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:33 PM

Most system buiilders use OEM install versions of windows. If you bu an installation pack of OEM disks you will get a system setup version that you can prep the new systems with just like any other OEM. Cloning will not work unless all of the computers are identical since the hal.dll file will vary due to the differing system components.
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