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Ok, the story is, I have purchased 20 computers, from a police dept I think. They are running and connecting ( or errroring) to their respective network or whatever...domain, netBios, environment, services.. stuff I don't know

I just want to stop all of this "administrator" stuff and make them mine.

Any ideas???

Thx

Valuater

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I guess the first question were they part of a domain originally? and do you have the admin admin password to each of the machine? weather they be domain or work group.

I would normally just format and re setup I did a auto install to help with that if you want it, as that a main prt our our business here, would save you time in basic setup up brought down our time from 4-5 hours per machine to 45mins + for a windows 7 install.

In my experience better of resetting as you really do not know what nasties are hiding, but if you wanted a script to do a basic reset I'm sure that can be done and would be happy to give it a go with you help as I know your autoit skill are far better than min, but I am quite good admin/pc guy..


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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

Thanks for the quick reply Peter.

Yes there is a "machineDomain" in the registry

I have administrator privileges

These are on XP Pro

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BTW: they have office 2007 and I dont want to reformat all of them.

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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

Egad, they didn't wipe the HDDs before disposing of them?! :)

First thing you should do is wipe them all and reload an OS on them.

;)

P.S. If you didn't get the software with the hardware, I know where you can get some windows for free.

;)

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#5 ·  Posted (edited)

Egad, they didn't wipe the HDDs before disposing of them?! :)

First thing you should do is wipe them all and reload an OS on them.

;)

P.S. If you didn't get the software with the hardware, I know where you can get some windows for free.

;)

I spent hours and days cleaning out the crap. But, I wanted to save some of the programs like office 2007 and a couple of others. I don't have the license to reload that stuff. Ubuntu is an all new direction that I would like to pass on.

My actuall intent is to load a server software for an internet cafe

thx

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is This what you are talking about?

Well thats right to the heart, but one little slip from a newby like me and I'm in hell..

At least I know that much. I will learn here though!!

thx

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If you're just worrying about the Office 2007 installation, try this tool Magical Jellybean Keyfinder and get the CD key for it, then format one of the systems and rebuild it, including Office using the legit key that you now have.


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#9 ·  Posted (edited)

If you have 20 computers with the same configuration, install windows+drivers+programs on one of them, then make an image (I use Norton Ghost) and restore it on the others (this is how I usually do). You save a lot of time! 

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#10 ·  Posted (edited)

If you're just worrying about the Office 2007 installation, try this tool Magical Jellybean Keyfinder and get the CD key for it, then format one of the systems and rebuild it, including Office using the legit key that you now have.

Thanks for the idea Brewman... and taietel

I found a free one that worked great here...

http://sites.google.com/site/cakirbey/softkeyrevealer

*** Hoping Peter is still with me here on na script to help with the admin stuff... ;)

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This might seem a noob question, but did you check if they have a system partition for restore?

Sometimes when organizations buy a load of PCs (ello ello ello) pardon the pun.

They have the oem, o/s and office and the like backed up.

They would be much easier to handle.


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Valuater have you been getting my e-mails? they have pics so have not been able to put them on the forum ...


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