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Steady State, Activation, and imaging RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are soon deploying some new public computers, using Steady State to secure them.  I have so far avoided using Windows XP Home, but since the public computers don't log into a domain (in fact on a separate VLAN from our staff), we didn't have any reason to buy them with XP Pro.  I have understood from previous posts here that I don't want to install and set up Steady State before activation, but I was wondering how activation would play with imaged operating systems.

    Will activation fail if the computers are imaged before activation?

    Will the Steady State install (that accesses Windows Genuine Advantage) balk if the  PCs are activated before imaging?

    Will NewSID or some other utility to differentiate SIDs help or hurt in this scenario?

    It would really help to be able to image these PCs, but not quite like it does with staff PCs where we have productivity and other applications to install.
    Wednesday, February 6, 2008 12:24 AM

Answers

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    Hi Pc_zen,

     

    As I know, Windows need to pass WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) during the installation of SteadyState. Regarding the other questions, it would best be posted to Windows XP deployment newsgroup for further assistance.

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.windowsxp.setup_deployment

     

    The reason why we recommend posting appropriately is you will get the most qualified pool of respondents, and other partners who read the newsgroups regularly can either share their knowledge or learn from your interaction with us.  Thank you for your understanding.

     

    In addition, we can also installed SteadyState before running sysprep. However, please do not lock user profile or turn on WDP.

     

    How to use the Sysprep tool to automate successful deployment of Windows XP

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577/en-us

     

    Regards,

    Wednesday, February 13, 2008 7:07 AM

All replies

  • Hi there

     

    I have used SteadyState to deploy XP Home machines. However, I found that what I have to do is use Sysprep, then install SteadyState on each individual machine. It's annoying, but it does not take long.....

     

    Marcus

     

    Monday, February 11, 2008 5:34 AM
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    Hi Pc_zen,

     

    As I know, Windows need to pass WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) during the installation of SteadyState. Regarding the other questions, it would best be posted to Windows XP deployment newsgroup for further assistance.

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.windowsxp.setup_deployment

     

    The reason why we recommend posting appropriately is you will get the most qualified pool of respondents, and other partners who read the newsgroups regularly can either share their knowledge or learn from your interaction with us.  Thank you for your understanding.

     

    In addition, we can also installed SteadyState before running sysprep. However, please do not lock user profile or turn on WDP.

     

    How to use the Sysprep tool to automate successful deployment of Windows XP

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577/en-us

     

    Regards,

    Wednesday, February 13, 2008 7:07 AM