Reuse old PC name during Standalone OSD

In the situation where you want to reinstall a PC using a Standalone media, you will have to incorporate some way of naming the PC, or it will pick up a random name like MININT-XXXXX.

In a reinstallation scenario however, the PC will already have a Name assigned, and this name can quiet easily be picked up from the computers registry hive files.

To do this just run this .vbs script, before formatting the disk. It will pick up the name and assign it to the OSDComputerName variable, which will automatically be added to the Unattend.xml (or sysprep.inf if XP)


If the drive holding the original OS does not resolve to C: just change that part of the script…

By |2011-09-06T13:01:15+00:00September 6th, 2011|General info, OS Deployment|10 Comments

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  1. Jeffrey Persson September 7, 2011 at 8:44 - Reply
  2. Mike November 17, 2011 at 20:42 - Reply

    I need to place this in the Initialization before Format and Partition Disk?

  3. Niclas Embretsén January 24, 2012 at 12:50 - Reply

    Hi Michael, Do you have a solution for the same problem but when hardware comes from distributer and doesn´t have a OS installed?

    Br Niclas

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