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By danielf.cuomoj ·
Hi,

I have a dell optiplex gx270 (IDE HD) machine which i sysprepped to be restored onto a gx280 (Sata HD). Each time i try to restore the 280 reboots before the windows screen...Any ideas/suggestions?

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making your image universal

by icingdeath1 In reply to Sysprep Problem

There are 3 keys to making your image universal.

1. You need to have all of the drivers in a location that windows can grab them from from startup. I recommend setting up a system folder on the root of the hard drive and create subfolders under that for the drivers you need for whatever computer you will be moving to. You will then need to change the windows registry key located at. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion there is a key called Devicepath you can add the path to where you are putting the drivers. (yes you can add something like this to the sysprep file however you don't have as many characters to work with in the path as you do if you add it to the registry.)

2. You must have the Hal set to Advanced Power Configuration PC (APCI) To do this just go into device manager and change the driver under the computer catagory most likely it will be set to uniprocessor.

3. You need a sysprep file with all of the mass storage drivers you will need listed. This is easy enough to do just add a line to your sysprep.inf file and run sysprep it will build the mass storage section for you. There are also a few commands that you must have to in the sysprep to make it work right here is an example of the commands you need as well as the command to build the mass storage driver section:

[Sysprep]
BuildMassStorageSection=Yes

[Unattended]
UpdateInstalledDrivers=yes
DriverSigningPolicy=Ignore

[sysprepcleanup]
Service=isapnp
Service=pci
Service=ftdisk
Service=swenum
Service=update
Service=dmio
Service=rdpdr
Upperfilter=mouclass
Service=TermDD
Upperfilter=kbdclass
Upperfilter=ALIM1541
Upperfilter=AMDAGP
Upperfilter=AGP440
Upperfilter=AGPCPQ
Upperfilter=SISAGP
Upperfilter=VIAAGP
Service=pciide
Service=intelide
Service=atapi
Service=aliide
Service=cmdide
Service=viaide
Service=toside
Service=mssmbios
Service=aha154x
Service=sparrow
Service=adpu160m
Service=aic78u2
Service=aic78xx
Service=dpti2o
Service=cpqarray
Service=sym_hi
Service=mraid35x
Service=perc2
Lowerfilter=perc2hib
Service=hpn
Service=symc8xx
Service=sym_u3
Service=symc810
Service=ql10wnt
Service=ql1080
Service=ql1240
Service=ql1280
Service=ql12160
Service=i2omp
Service=cd20xrnt
Service=cbidf
Service=dac2w2k
Service=dac960nt
Service=asc3550
Service=asc
Service=asc3350P
Service=ABP480N5
Service=amsint
Service=ini910u
Service=ultra


Of course there are other commands in sysprep but these have nothing to do with making the image universal and just need to be customized however you need them to be.

IMPORTANT!!: Keep in mind this works for Windows XP and I have made this work on any system that I have put it on as long as I have the drivers for the system in question included in the image. This includes desktops and laptops. The other trick is you need to build the image you are going to sysprep on an old system that Windows will pickup all of the device drivers without any need to install extra drivers so if you load xp on the system and it just works by default and all devices have a driver that works then this system is a good system to build the image one. Don't ask me why it has to be that way I just know that it works best that way. Hope this helps.

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