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    Quick sysprep question

    So I've got a handful of laptops which are going out to teachers. These laptops will be standalone and not joined to the domain. Do I need to sysprep them before imaging? Never syspreped a win 7 machine before and reading previous threads it looks like a nightmare.

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    Yes you do.

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    If they are standalone sysprep will be easy.

    Its found in system 32 in a folder called sysprep. set it as Generalize and out of the box experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    If they are standalone sysprep will be easy.

    Its found in system 32 in a folder called sysprep. set it as Generalize and out of the box experience.
    wont that strip out any drivers though?

    iirc yoiu need a sysprep xml file with
    Code:
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
                <DoNotCleanUpNonPresentDevices>true</DoNotCleanUpNonPresentDevices>
                <PersistAllDeviceInstalls>true</PersistAllDeviceInstalls>
            </component>
    in if you want to keep any installed device drivers

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    If the laptops are not going on a domain or the network then you don't need to sysprep them. But it only takes a few moments to do so you may as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    wont that strip out any drivers though?

    iirc yoiu need a sysprep xml file with
    Code:
    <component name="Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
                <DoNotCleanUpNonPresentDevices>true</DoNotCleanUpNonPresentDevices>
                <PersistAllDeviceInstalls>true</PersistAllDeviceInstalls>
            </component>
    in if you want to keep any installed device drivers
    not used the method much but never had any stipping out of drivers when i have used it.

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    Thanks everyone for the help. I syspreped the master laptop using FN-GN advice and captured the image. I'll know if it worked later this week when I image the other laptops. One thing I noticed was when I ran sysprep the screen res dropped to the lowest setting. Is this normal?

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