Snap Deploy : Windows Activation and driver installation

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by ANP, Aug 15, 2008.

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  1. ANP

    ANP Registered Member

    Jun 6, 2008

    I have created a master image from a dell machine and using universal deploy was rying to deploy the image on a HP machine. My doubt is: Is windows need to be activated when we port on to different machine? Also can we specify Acronis Snap Deploy to automatically search for new drivers instead of manually specifying the same once the system is up. Please advice.

    I am using Snap Deploy 3203 build and latest UD
  2. shieber

    shieber Registered Member

    Oct 27, 2004
    RE activation, yes you problably would need to activate since almost all of the hardware id numbers are going to be different. There's a scoring that windows uses to decide how many harware changes it tolerates before requiring activation. There's some info here re XP

    Don't know if it's changed at all for Vista but it should be basically the same.
  3. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello ANP,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Workstation Deploy Software.

    We are sorry for delayed response.

    Please notice that, as described in chapter 2.5.2 "Acronis Universal Deploy general principles" of Acronis Snap Deploy 3 User's Guide, Acronis Universal Deploy searches the Windows default driver storage folders (in the image being deployed; it's defined in the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current version\DevicePath, usually WINDOWS/inf) for HAL and mass storage device drivers and installs drivers that better fit the target hardware. You can specify a custom driver location (a folder or folders on a network share or CD) which will also be used for drivers search.

    If the target hardware has a specific mass storage controller (such as a SCSI, RAID, or Fibre Channel adapter) for the hard disk, you can install the appropriate driver manually, bypassing the automatic driver search-and-install procedure.

    Thank you.
    Marat Setdikov
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