I am hoping to gather some input and possibly ideas of what would be the best method in creating a "base" image of Windows 7.

Our present setup is that we have an image for XP, which we deploy to hardware followed by numerous post install tasks that install required/needed applications; actions a computer rename and joins the domain.
With this image though we have "set" all variables we need via the local administrator account, copy this administrator profile to the Default User profile and then run a reseal via SYSPREP.

This works a treat for XP, however as I have discovered that this copying of the local\administrator profile to the default user profile in Windows 7 is not as easy as it used to be.

Has anybody else out there had any experience or exposure to the above? I am hoping that there is a method which could make the deployment from our KBOX2000 as easy as our existing XP images.

Thanks in advance,
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I had the same problem.
Tried to use the "sysprep /generalize /unattend:unattend.xml" with "Copy Profile" entry in unattend.xml as documented on MS website, but it just didn't work.

So after googling, few people suggested using "Windows Enabler" app, which enables the "grayed out" windows buttons.
It allowed to use the "Copy to" function in the Users Profiles pane, as it was in XP\Vista.
Everything worked as it should be, just had to fix the "black" wallpaper issue after copying a profile to Default.
Answered 02/27/2010 by: m0ck
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Thanks m0ck.

Will try it this end.
Answered 03/01/2010 by: SteveKruger
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Just tested Enabler application.
It will allow the copy. Will test this on the machine I have setup this end.
Answered 03/01/2010 by: SteveKruger
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