Okay, I have used Sysprep, NewSID (currently) and I've used Ghost, Acronis, Drive Image, and Drive Image XML for Image creation, but I still have some questions about using Sysprep and one of the above image programs.

What I would like to do is minimize HAL errors and driver issues, so I may possibly distribute my image to a couple more different machines. I've seen people post VB scripts that are suppose to update the HAL to help prevent BSODs. But, is there something with Sysprep I can do?

Like for instance I want to include more NIC, Mass Storage drivers like from Driver Packs...
How would I do this?

I've always used Sysprep with Reseal and Mini-Setup..What s the difference in using Fatory instead?
Will it allow me to make more universal images?

Will factory make windows purge current drivers and re-install all drivers at boot-up from the folders I specify?

Also, I've read the HAL compatibility sheet from Microsoft and it seems like HAL compatibility is better than I thought...How can I get the computer to install one of these better HAL's (that support more hardware) instead?

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I have created an image with driverpacks which works well. I use Ghost 8 to install it.

I use ACPI hal which works everywhere I tried. For my core 2 duo, I update HAL manually because I think there is a limit for automation. MS should provide more tools. I install once every 3-4th week so I can live with that.

Factory install is for large companies (AFAIK). Sysprep documentation is very sketchy. Also I don't use any mass storage drivers. It works even on SATA (Satellite P100 laptop)
Answered 01/16/2009 by: dvdzonenz
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What you need to do is create your image on a ACPI APIC UP computer. Then you will be able to restore it on most computers. What is best is to replace the HAL (3 files) before XP will start.

Inside your image, put only necessary drivers (NIC, mass storage, video). Then you will be ready.
Answered 01/16/2009 by: Francoisracine
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