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Windows 7: Creating Image with Windows OSK


19 Jan 2012   #1

(Home) Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Work) Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Creating Image with Windows OSK

Hello! I've been tasked with creating an image of the software and configuration used on our company computers to save time. I've been using Windows OPK and I wanted to know if it's possible to create an image of the hard drive and the HP Recovery partition, and then combine them together into a single image and make it accessible through the network domain in the future. It's been killing me trying to figure it out, so I'm not sure if it's even possible. Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to perform this task or if I have to use a different method? Thank you!

Using Windows 7 Professional x64 on a HP system if that helps. I'll provide more information if needed!

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19 Jan 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

On Screen Keyboard?
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19 Jan 2012   #3

(Home) Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Work) Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

No, just a regular USB keyboard.
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19 Jan 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

So what is OSK ??
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19 Jan 2012   #5

(Home) Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Work) Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

My mistake, I meant OPK: OEM Preinstallation Kit. I'm attempting to create a custom image of a desktop for future ones.
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19 Jan 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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19 Jan 2012   #7

(Home) Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Work) Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

OPK is essentially the same but has more options. :/
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19 Jan 2012   #8

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Also, some OEM's MUST use the OPK to comply with their licensing guidelines from Microsoft, for what it's worth. In this case, however, creating images to be deployed on company computers would be more in line with the AIK as linked by WHS, but I would take it a step further - both the OPK and AIK are used for manual image creation, and Microsoft provides tools (MDT, which is free, and SCCM, which is not) to automate this and much more. Microsoft also officially recommends the use of these instead of doing it manually (unless contractually obligated by Microsoft to do otherwise, which is possible).
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20 Jan 2012   #9

(Home) Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Work) Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

MDT eh? I'll give it a try! Thank you...I'll repost soon.
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