Usage of Sysprep in PC with Windows® 7
What are the tips to set up Sysprep in PC with Windows 7
Sysprep is system preparation tool which is used to install Microsoft Windows operating systems with minimal intervention by a technician. You need to use Sysprep tool in conjunction with a non-Microsoft disk imaging tool. Method of copying or cloning preconfigured operating systems is called image based installation. The master installation prepared by the Sysprep helps you to create a disk image which is identical replica of the disk containing the master installation. The disk image of the master installation is created by disk-imaging program. When you start the destination computer after copying the disk image to the destination computer a shortened version of the Windows Set-up program runs. To ensure that every copy of the image is unique when deployed to a target system the Sysprep configures a number of OS settings on the master image.
Following points might give users an idea about the ways to Sysprep Windows 7 machine:
- About Sysprep
- Need of Sysprep
- Ways to set up Sysprep in Windows 7
System preparation utility of Micrsoft is called Sysprep. It might be used to prepare an operating system for disk cloning and disk image restoration. The Sysprep might be used for image-based installation to install a clean version of the operating system. It is also used to install clean versions of software applications. Certain server components must be installed and configured after completing the image based image-based installation with Sysprep.
Need of Sysprep
Sysprep.exe, Setupcl.exe, and Factory.exe are the three programs of Sysprep tool. You can run Sysprep on your system before creating an image of the master computer’s hard disk. Various operating system settings on the master computer are configured by using Sysprep. This is to ensure that every copy of the master computer’s disk image is unique. You can start every destination computer in a special set-up mode known as Mini-Setup by configuring the master computer’s disk image.
Open Windows System Image Manager after inserting Windows 7 installation CD. You can select new image under the 'Windows Image' header by right clicking on it. The users can select either the '.clg' file or the 'install.wim', and they might create a new XML file or answer file. You can select 'Create New Answer File' by going to the file menu. For saving the created file you need to go to the file menu and then select 'Save Answer File'. Copy or move your Sysprep.xml file to 'C:windowssystem32sysprep' if everything configured correctly.
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