Adding a version to a master image

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 25 Oct. 2011 / Last Updated on 25 Oct. 2011]

How to add a version number to a master image for deployment.

If you create updated master images for your deployments from time to time, you need a way to keep track of the version of each image. A quick and easy way of doing so is to do the following while logged onto your master image and before you sysprep and capture it:

  1. Open Regedit, and locate the key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OEMInformation
  2. Create a new string value named Model under this key and use it to specify the version number of the image
  3. After you do this, click Start and right click on Computer. Under System you'll find the model (version) number displayed.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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