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Windows XP and Office Automated Install

By mamies ·
I want to know if there is a way to create a CD or DVD with Windows XP and Office on it.

Currently it is a painstaking activity as i have to install the Operating System and all of the Software as well as the updates which takes alot of time and effort, not to mention how tedious this is after about 10 installs.

I have heard about Windows Server having a deployment option but dont have a Windows Server (which I am "allowed". The only thing i can think of with using a server based application is the Ubuntu which i currently use for nagios which monitors our network (when i set it up correctly).

This is why i was wondering if there is a way to make this install of a CD or DVD so all i need to do is insert the Disk and away it goes and then there is only minor updating towards the end for differant users.

Also we do not have a Corporate License of Windows or Office and I am really strict to copyright issues so I would like a way to enter the license details before it installs if possible.

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Are the PC's

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows XP and Office Aut ...

all the same. If they are it would be quicker to clone them. Then run newsid on them and rename them and you are good to go.
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Nope

by mamies In reply to Are the PC's

No they are not all the same but there is a limited variety so i will be able to get away with doing this.

What programs should i use to do this. The Boss doesnt want to pay for this luxury and i can only find ones you need to pay for

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That makes it a bit harder

by Jacky Howe In reply to Nope

but there are free ones available. I just can't recommend any as I haven't used them. I cut my teeth on Ghost and I have only ever used it and Acronis which I also have a copy of. Check out this link and you may find something or another peer might have a better idea.
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http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/backupandimage.shtml
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This looks interesting

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Extra info

by Jacky Howe In reply to That makes it a bit harde ...

Be <b>Warned</b> that if you are Cloning an IDE Drive to Sata you will have problems.
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You may need another Drive to hold the Image from the IDE Drive. You wont be able to just Image the IDE to the Sata. Install the Sata Drivers to the IDe Drive and then remove references to to IDE.
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1. Boot the PC system using the existing motherboard. If you've installed the UltraATA Driver (if so, Device Manager, IDE Controllers, Primary Channel will be lacking its usual "Advanced Settings" tab) then uninstall said driver from Control Panel and reboot before continuing.
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2. From the Device Manager, open up the "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers" section. On a typical system there will be three entries under this - the controller itself, and then the primary/secondary IDE channels.
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3. Double-click on the entry for the controller, and change the driver to Sata.
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Tip: <i>Don't forget to do the pagefile mod to turn off on shutdown to save a bit of space in the Image. Local Security Settings, Local Policies, Security Options, Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile.</i>
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4. Now shut down the system, and take your image.
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Fix list of software installation

by kiran.maan In reply to Windows XP and Office Aut ...

1. You can use ghost utility from McAfee or Symantec
2. Licensed XP has got inbuilt facility to mirroring client/network configuraiton.
3. Major desktop provider may provide facility alongwith systems for such minium software installation.

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