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Part 5: SmartDeploy Enterprise with User State Migration Tool

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Boot your Target Computer to SmartPE, Run ScanState and Deploy Image Cont.


  1. If you did not specify a product key while capturing the image you will be prompted to enter a Product Key and select Next. If you do not wish to specify a product key simply click Next.
  2. Enter the Full name and Organization name to be used with this deployment, select Next.
  3. Select a Time zone then select Next to continue.
  4. Leave the default Display Settings and select Next.
  5. Leave the default Network Settings and select Next.
  6. If desired specify a Computer name or enter a Domain to join. For this example leave the defaults and select Next.
  7. If you would like to automate this process in the future click Export to save an answer file. For this example review the information and click Next to continue.
  8. Click Finish to start the deployment.
  9. Once the deployment has begun the pre image task will execute starting the USMT migration.
  10. Wait for the deployment to complete, sysprep to run and all settings to be applied.


Running LoadState to Complete the Migration

Once the image has been deployed to the target machine you will be at the logon screen. You will need to logon to the computer with an account that has administrative privileges for the First logon task to complete successfully.


  1. Logon to the computer with administrative credentials. Note that LoadState runs completing the migration.
  2. Once LoadState finishes its tasks the migration has been completed. All user files and settings should be restored. The C:\Backup folder can now be deleted.



In this example we show you how to complete a computer upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 while migrating user data and settings. This example can be modified to apply to other scenarios such as computer replacement.

The User State Migration Tool is a very powerful component that can be used to migrate user specific information. This will greatly reduce the amount of time spent manually copying user data and reapplying settings. However this tool will need to be tested thoroughly to ensure that all of the intended information is correctly migrated from one system to another.

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