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AfterImage
Ever applied a general system image to serveral computers ? With this tool you can make each computer unique in a few minutes and activate Windows.
 
Features
-Checks the Windows activation
-Button for activating Windows online
-Creates a set of firewall rules to block all internet access
-Enable/disable buttons for internet access
-Information of current IP settings from selected interface
-Reconfigure hostname and IP settings with optionally prefilled settings
-Reads the original OEM Windows product key from the UEFI BIOS
-Change the Windows product key to the OEM key or a key entered by the user
 
Description
We had to deploy a fully configured Windows 10 environment to over 50 touchscreen computers. These computers required some specific settings:

- Start automatically a local user account and a Java based database application.
- Users are unable to start other then approved programs.
- A unique static IP address and hostname
- All internet access blocked

To start we created one fully configured computer with these specifications but with DHCP for the IP address settings, a dummy hostname and without activating Windows. From this computer we created an image that could be copied to all other computers.
After copying the image to a new computer the hostname and IP address needed to be set and Windows needed to be activated. This can be very time consuming. That's why I wrote this tool that can do these steps in a minute due to some presets that are saved in its configuration file.

This program combines my setID (tool for changing the hostname and IP settings) and wwwBlock (tool for closing the internet connection with a set of firewall rules) programms and adds the abbility to activate Windows 10 with the original OEM Windows product key from the UEFI BIOS by running the Windows activation script slmgr.vbs.

If AfterImage is setup correctly and is included in the image the work instruction for the deployment of a Windows image is much shorter and simpler. Just fill some numbers and press the right button(s).

The first time AfterImage is started it elevates itself by registering with the highest privileges. The Windows User Account Control (UAC) will prompt for confirmation. As long as it is started from the same folder this confirmation is not needed after the first run.
 
Screenshots
AfterImage screenshot AfterImage start Windows activation
AfterImage after running slmgr.vbs AfterImage network settings
 
Commandline options
No command-line options available.
 
Configuration file settings
[Interfaces]
PrefInterface Name of the preffered interface (leave blank if none)
OnlyEnabled Show only enabled interfaces (1 = yes, 0 = no)
[Presets]
Hostname Prefix for hostname
FixedHostname Hostname readonly (1 = yes, 0 = no)
DHCP DHCP enabled (1 = yes, 0 = no)
FixedDHCP DHCP readonly (1 = yes, 0 = no)
IPaddress Prefix for IP address (e.g. 10.163.61.)
FixedIPaddress] IP address readonly (1 = yes, 0 = no)
Mask Prefix for mask (e.g. 255.255.254.0)
FixedMask Mask readonly (1 = yes, 0 = no)
Gateway Prefix for gateway (e.g. 10.163.60.1)
FixedGateway Gateway readonly (1 = yes, 0 = no)
DNS1 Prefix for DNS1 (e.g. 8.8.8.8)
DNS2 Prefix for DNS2 (e.g. 213.75.63.70)
FixedDNS DNS addresses readonly (1 = yes, 0 = no)
[FirewallOptions]
RuleNameInbound Inbound firewall rule name (e.g. SL_BLOCK_INET_IN)
RuleNameOutbound Outbound firewall rule name (e.g. SL_BLOCK_INET_OUT)
IpRange1 IP range below local network (e.g. 1.0.0.0-10.163.59.255)
IpRange2 IP range above local network (e.g. 10.163.64.0-255.255.255.254)
 
Version history
v1.0 Initial setup
v1.1 Added possibility to change the Windows product key before activation
Corrected error retreiving Office license in stead of Windows license
v1.2 Delayed getting license status after activation (bug 01)
v1.3 Added real-time clock synchronization button
v1.4 Start Windows Time service before synchronizing if needed (Bug 02)
Clear WMI object after getting current license status (Bug 01)
Corrected default values for firewall
v1.5 Set firewall commands after reading configuration file (Bug 03)
 
Known bugs
Bug no. Version Fixed in Description
01 v1.1 v1.4 Incorrect license status after succesfull activation
02 v1.3 v1.4 Clock not synchronizing when W32Time service is not started (service starts when triggered by OS)
03 v1.4 v1.5 Firewall configuration changes not accepted
 
Future enhancements
None planned.
 
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You can download AfterImage as a compressed folder containing all files needed. No need to install the software, just unzip, adapt the configuration file AfterImage.ini and run AfterImage.exe.
AfterImage is free for personal and bussiness use and is free to distribute as is as long as the program is not altered and accompanied with the AfterImage text file.

VersionFileSize
v1.5AfterImage_v1.5.zip467,34 KB (478558 bytes)
v1.5AfterImage_v1.5.7z388,84 KB (398177 bytes)
 
 
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