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    Unhappy I've made a stupid boo boo!...

    Help!!

    With this whole T61 thing not shutting down properly, i thought to myself, i know i'll grab an image of my friends laptop as that works fine and stick that on.

    I went into auto mode and did a sysprep...

    So now it's on the screen where it wants me to put in a serial number...what do i do. I'm guessing her stuff is still there as i havent wiped anything..

    Is there anyway of rescuing it and restoring it to how it was?

    Help

    I don't know why i bothered to try and operate machinary today, i havent got the head for it at the moment!

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    can you not just use the key that should be on the sticker on the laptop?

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    If you've created an image of her laptop it will contain all her files and settings.

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    If i continue with the mini-setup it wont lose anything?

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    Oh, hang on I didn't read your post properly - you've sysprepped it - I'll have to check.

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    If all you did was sysprep the machine as it was, it should all be there when you finish mini-setup (although you'll have to activate it again, probably not automatically).

    disclaimer: "should" is not "will".

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    Not that i dont trust PM's wisdom...but anyone else got an opinion before i just go for it? Cus as he said, should isnt will.

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    I've never sysprepped a machine with a user's files in situ and I can't find anything via the mighty Google. Can you not clone the hdd using something like DriveImage XML or Ghost and stick it in your laptop and see what happens?

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    taking an image now

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    im 90% sure it retains users data im sure ive done it before and when fired out ive founf fils in my docs\desktop before

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    Sysprepping won't lose the work. I've done it before. The only time things screw up are when you do a Windows Repair from the XP CD, that writes over the documents and settings folder and is a pain in the a**e!

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    To be fair I've done it plenty of times before... I just don't want it to break something *this* time and get the blame

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    im 90% sure it retains users data im sure ive done it before and when fired out ive founf fils in my docs\desktop before
    hmm, just a hunch, but couldn't you go into audit mode and get the documents that way?

    What is Sysprep?

    see "booting to audit mode" for a description
    Last edited by koryo; 29th March 2011 at 12:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koryo View Post
    hmm, just a hunch, but couldn't you go into audit mode and get the documents that way?
    Too late, the machine's been sealed already.

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