Sorry to resurrect this thread after a month and a half, but I have need of more information about the sysprep
command in Windows 7.
The linked MS page on "sysprep /generalize" states that "all unique system information is removed from the Windows installation. The security ID (SID) resets, any system restore points are cleared, and event logs are deleted.", which doesn't sound like something I want. I want my installed programs to remain in the registry etc., and I'd really like to be able to at least keep some sort of restore, though that may not be so necessary if things end up working well.
My situation is this: I tried to install a new heatsink on my i7 930 in a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R socket 1366 board, and during that process the small nub that holds the heatsink in the center of the bracket that's bolted to the mobo moved out of its hole, and when I tightened the heatsink too far, the CPU's contacts pushed a number of the socket's contacts out of place and into odd shapes. Rather than mess around with it I quickly ordered a new motherboard and put the old one on the "maybe I'll fix it someday" pile. The new motherboard is an EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR, and I simply switched them (with a great deal more care on the HS attachment this time
) and restarted, figuring if it didn't work out only then would I find out whether there was a way to fix it.
This mostly worked, fortunately, except that there are a couple of pieces of Gigabyte software that won't uninstall, and, the part that's more bothersome, in the last several days MS's Security Essentials "update" boofed my old install, and I've been trying to uninstall the old version and get the new one to install in various ways, so far unsuccessfully. So I figured this might be a good time to try the sysprep part, though I'm sure it won't fix the actual problem with msse. But at least it may make life somewhat less annoying during all the services being stopped and attempts to delete files which keep regenerating.
Which is a long-winded way of asking if the thing will do as I think it will, and leave most everything else alone. Thanks for any useful replies.