SYSPREP or NOT SYSPREP

If I create a master image for Windows 7 ENT.....never add that laptop to a domain...can I clone that image to other laptops with identical hardware without running sysprep?

I'm seeing conflicting messages when I research this.

Thanks!



Technically it should work but it is always recommended to Sysprep your master image properly. This is so that you abide by the EULA for Windows.

Will.



Technically it should work but it is always recommended to Sysprep your master image properly. This is so that you abide by the EULA for Windows.

Will.



If you have a bunch of the same machines, one image will work on other machines. People will say this is not legal with OEM Windows, but I have done it, kept all the licensing and withstood a Microsoft Audit. Big yawn.

If the machines are different, Sysprep is a better way to go.



We're a volume license school so no OEM.



Then you likely have different machines as should use Sysprep as Will suggested .



Sure, go ahead and skip SYSPREP...as long as you don't plan to use KMS for OS activations, SCCM or WSUS in your environment or anything requiring unique computer GUIDs.

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