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Monday, March 5, 2012

Create Windows 7 Enterprise Image - Part 1

It's about time that 6-year-old laptop computers retire and enjoy their retirement life in the dark storage room.
About 30 Toshiba Portege R830-S8332 arrived in my workshop.
I needed to create a Windows 7 Enterprise base image with standard applications such as Office 2010 to sysprep and then deploy with WDS.
First, I clean installed Windows 7 Enterprise and added necessary drivers. This was not a good idea. Even after the all drivers were installed, there were two devices with an exclamation listed on the device manager and point function keys were not working.

The laptop has OEM version of Windows 7 Professional preinstalled. I wondered if I could install Enterprise edition over to Professional somehow.

Yes, there is a way to upgrade Professional to Enterprise.
This could be done by changing two registry values.
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\EditionID --> Change to Enterprise
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProductName --> Change to Enterprise

If both editions are SP1, you need to uninstall SP1 and upgrade.

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