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    Thanks for that, gonna give it a go i'll let you know how i get on, cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by m25man View Post
    As most modern cpu's are dual core or hyperthreaded (or both) most systems use the Multiprocessor HAL nowadays so there seems to be less of an issue between HAL layers now than there was a few years back.
    As long as your hardware isn't ancient, most of the time you can get away with creating a single image which uses the ACPI Uniprocessor HAL since this will also work on PCs which normally use a Multiprocessor HAL. IIRC, the last time I created an image like this, the HAL was changed automatically the first time the SysPrep'd image was booted.

    Also, now that you can create hardware-independent images with Windows 7/Vista, HAL problems are even less of an issue these days.

    Quote Originally Posted by m25man View Post
    Cloning however has other issues, remember that you MUST use sysprep or sidwalker to ensure each cloned machine maintains a unique GUID otherwise you can have some dire repercussions later on.
    While you should always SysPrep the machine prior to cloning, changing the machine's SID is not necessary. Mark Russinovich has a great article on his blog explaining it and why it doesn't matter. In fact, future versions of SysPrep will not change the SID at all.

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    Have you tried Windows Deployment Services (WDS)?

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    Hi

    I know you will not want to hear this but yes you can do repairs on images and do all sorts of repairs to get them running but its time consuming and a pain.

    I would make a new image and bite the bullet now instead of having Hassle later then get the head to check the image is exactly as he wants it before knocking the machine off the network and syspreping it and ghosting it.

    That way if you find any differences the head cannot complain when time is needed to change something.

    Richard

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    Thanks all

    I'm not back at that school now until Tuesday so I'll fill you all in on how things go, thanks again.

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    Ok guys and gals, I'm back at the school with the cloning problem and guess what??

    IT WORKED!!!

    Yippy, now previously I tried Acronis True Image with Universal Restore, that gave BSOD on bootup, today tried Shadow Protect as recommended by RabbieBurns, that also gave BSOD on bootup, but then I found this on the net –

    Installing XP: ***STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524,0xC0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000)? - Cyber Tech Help Support Forums

    A guy called thegladi8tor suggested this –

    I had the same problem with a Dell Optiplex 330. I received the
    STOP 0x0000007B(0xF78DA63C,0x0000034,0X x0000000,0x0000000 error message if I booted with Windows XP. I resolved the issue by the following actions

    1. On start up (Dell logo), press F2 to enter BIOS

    2. Expand the "Drives" section

    3. Go to "SATA Operation"

    4. Change this from "RAID Auto/AHCI" to "RAID Auto/ATA"

    So simple, but the damn laptop booted up, happy days are here again. Just want to say a big thank you to all you that helped, much appreciated, thanks guys.

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