Windows 7 Image Strategies
Our company is getting ready to begin prep and testing for our Windows 7 migration from XP. We presently use KBOX for all of our Windows XP imaging, using a simple baseline image with drivers for each device type we support and then install all software and configurations in a series of post-install tasks so we usually only update our images if we want to refresh the drivers or OS patches.
We're a predominately Lenovo shop. Some Dell, but not a lot and moving away from it. We're also not usually high-volume imagers either. In a typical week we might build 5-10 machines.
I wanted to get some ideas of what processes are working for KBOX users who have already moved to Windows 7 in their company. Specifically things like:
* Using a more traditional captured/Sysprep'ed image vs. scripted installs
* Managing drivers and having a 'universal' image vs one for each device (especially if non-Dell).
* Tips or tricks for post-install tasks on Windows 7 that are different than they might be for XP.
* Managing default user profiles/configuration
* Including the 100 MB system partition or no (if not using BitLocker, etc.)
* Any other tips or tactic?
I'm not looking for a detailed how-to necessarily, but just an idea of how people are architecting their images or installs in KBOX 2000 for Windows 7 and why it works or what issues were encountered.
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