Creating a single custom install disk for different computers


  1. Posts : 1
    Win 10
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    Creating a single custom install disk for different computers


    I am a small business, home user tech.

    When I give a someone a new computer I do several things to it so that the user has a better OOB experience.

    What I want to know is, is there a way to automate those task so that I can do an install using a custom answer file regardless of the type of machine or license?

    These are machines that I pick up from local computer store (MicroCenter). They already have an OS installed just waiting on the new user to customize.

    Here are just a few of the things that I do to a machine:
    Recycle bin Make size 1111kb
    Power settings No Standby, screen off after 1 hr
    Start Menu Clear all check marks
    Start Menu Only Calendar, News, Calc, Notepad, Snip-n-sketch, IE, Chrome and Firefox
    Start Menu Removed program list
    System Restore Turn on
    Uninstall Onedrive

    My guess is that there is no way to do this due to the different machines and Windows key.

    Any thought are greatly appreciated.
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  2. Posts : 12,425
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #2

    thiswaythatway said:
    My guess is that there is no way to do this due to the different machines and Windows key.
    The main things I see in doing that is different machines = different drivers. The Windows Product Key is embedded in the BIOS/Motherboard from Windows 8 and later and shouldn't be an issue if those versions have previously been installed, will have a Digital License when checking the Activation. A clean install will also pick that up when connected to the Internet. One thing is for sure, I've learned a whole lot since my retirement in late '94 and starting building computers in a shop a week later with MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1 [helped to bridge the gap until all my benefits kicked in], worked there 5 months until we moved].
      My Computers


 

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