[Noisebridge-discuss] Cloning 900 netbooks?

girlgeek girlgeek at wt.net
Tue Apr 22 05:29:04 UTC 2014

Hi Lane,

I have Windows 8.1.  I'm underwhelmed by the start menu fix.  I'm going 
after something called Windows 8.1 update now.  But that is why I want 
to clone all these machines.  I have put in considerable work and made 
one machine usable.  Initially these people would turn on the machine 
and see the temperature in Washington DC flashing permanently before 
them.  Very useful in rural Rwanda.  They also got lovely things like 
recipes for baked halibut.  Rwanda is landlocked, equitorial (not 
halibut zone), and most people don't have ovens, oh and it has nothing 
to do with teaching English. Other than that....

Actually, the biggest headache is the trackpad.  It is very sensitive 
and there is no adjustment for the sensitivity in Windows 8.1.  People 
are losing lessons and then finding grade 1 lessons have moved into 
grade 2 week 3 - because the trackpad slides things around so 
quickly.    Someone has written a little utility based on very obscure 
Windows  commands to change the track pad sensitivity. It is one of the 
things that I want to get onto the cloned machines.

Thank you all for the help.


On 4/21/2014 7:11 PM, Lane Copley wrote:
> You have my pity.  Be sure that your users have either the 8.1 which 
> promises (I haven't seen it myself) the start menu fix, or the Shell 
> program (freeware).  My sainted, white-haired mother is much less 
> unhappy using it than windows 8 standard.
> Don't know what the hell MS thought they were doing, but people seem 
> to rely on their start menu more than they thought.
> On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 4:10 AM, girlgeek <girlgeek at wt.net 
> <mailto:girlgeek at wt.net>> wrote:
>     Hi All,
>     I have 900 netbooks to set up with Windows 8.  Well actually, they
>     already have Windows 8 installed.  I have 900 netbooks to make
>     usable since they are Windows 8 and are being given to people,
>     most of whom have never touched a computer before.
>     I have a vague memory that a company desktop technician did some
>     manner of cloning so that all company laptops were identical.  I
>     also had the feeling that this is what the techs at bigbox
>     computer stores do when setting up a newly purchased computer with
>     all the official bloat ware.
>     I would like to format these 900 machines and perform this manner
>     of cloning setup.  Is this something that someone at NB has done
>     and can give me some tips on?
>     TYIA,
>     Claudia
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