We need to down grade over 125 Windows 7 machines to Pro. We would like to use hardlink migration to save the profiles(computers are all in a different state and we are using the K2000 and K2000 RSA). Ideally we would like to push an image with a preinstall task to create a new partition for hardlink data or keep existing data into windows.old to keep the profiles for hardlink migration. All the computers have plenty of room on their drives to hold their data. 

Any Thoughts on the best way to accomplish this? Not sure how to push a new image with leaving the old data in tact? Pretty new to this k2000 RSA imaging and could use any help.


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I have just Downgraded 25 Laptops from W7 Enterprise to Professional

Basically I created a win 7 Pro Image with Current Patches Installed

Ran a Program called "Windows 7 Downgrader" By MP7000

thaen ran Setup from the Image I Created and did a Inplace Upgrade

Installed the Laptops Key & Activated

A couple of PC were Clean installed as they were a Mess

Answered 03/19/2015 by: techtony1960
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I have Just "Downgraded" 25 Windows 7 Enterprise Workstation to Windows 7 Professional
I Created a New Windows 7 Professional Image updated with majority of Patches.
I Then Ran a Program called "Windows 7 Downgrader" by MP7000
Ran Setup from the New Image and Upgraded the System.

The System were successfully "Downgraded" to Windows 7 Professional
at this point I either installed the Machines Product Key Locally or Installed & Activated using My KMS Server.

A Couple of those Systems were Reinstalled as a New Install because of there current State.
Hope this Assists

Answered 03/19/2015 by: techtony1960
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  • Thanks for the reply. When you say you ran setup from the new image and upgraded the system how did it over write the old image? Or did it save it as windows.old? Or did you run it just far enough to downgrade the OS without the installation? Thanks Jay
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After running "windows 7 Downgrader" the system reported itself as windows 7 Professional. You then get a Option of Upgrading the System. With a in place Upgrade where the Users data & Programs are backed up the OS Installed and the Data & programs restored.

Make sure there the image you use has Internet Explorer 10/11 injected into the image. The Base Win7 Image only has IE8.

I Injected all the Security Updates along with Ie 11 in to my image.

I had Issues with some DOTNET Security updates in the Image So I Processed those after the Upgrade. (WSUS)


Answered 03/23/2015 by: techtony1960
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  • Thanks, will give it a shot
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