Posted 06 November 2006 - 07:12 AM
What the image does is create an exact copy of the entire hard drive.
So, you're now running 4 clones of the original hard drive.
While this brings up some interesting things about the interpretation of the EULA - what you have is 4 clones of the original setup.
This differs from an unattended setup install in that it copies everything, to include the security information, onto the destination PC's. Security-wise, PC1 is no different from PC 2 - BUT - it's got a different IP address and a different MAC address.
While I haven't checked this with computer names, I have checked it with account names - and Windows doesn't change the name of the folder in Documents and Settings no matter how often you change the name of the account. I suspect that this is similar to what's happening here.
Also, each computer has a particular SID (Security Identifiable Descriptor - or something similiar) - and you've cloned this descriptor to several different computers.
My suggestion would be to run a repair install of XP on each system using the original install disks for each system. This may or may not work - but is a whole heck of a lot easier than a clean install.
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