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Windows 7: Creating a Windows 7 Installation DvD

09 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 64bit
Creating a Windows 7 Installation DvD

I'm having a few issues with a second computer I have and want to reformat. Sadly I don't have an installation DvD laying around anywhere. So I need to make one so I can re-install after cleaning it out.

I've tried to find some info on this, and perhaps I'm looking in the wrong places, but I can't find anything of use on it.

So any help on creating an installation DvD for windows 7 would be greatly appreciated.

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09 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Did your second computer come with win7 preinstalled and preactivated? In that case, there would be an OEM recovery partition that'll let you restore factory default settings. For this you need to tap a preset key or key combo at boot to launch recovery. There'll also be an option to create recovery disks, that do the same thing.

Otherwise, you can borrow a disk from a friend, install the same edition that came with the computer, then activate using the key at the back of the computer.
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09 Nov 2010   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1

There is a tutorial ... though I have not tried it

Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files
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09 Nov 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP


Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
Many tech enthusiasts find a clean-copy DVD of their OS version and reinstall using the OEM Product Key on the COA sticker on machine. Any installer can also have all versions unlocked using the ei.cfg removal tool.

Make your Recovery DIsks or save a Windows 7 backup image of the entire HD first so you have a path back if you want to sell or gift the machine but keep your Windows 7.

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device.

Install programs slowly over time to gauge performance after each. Don't let any programs write themselves into msconfig>Startup as they become freeloaders on your RAM/CPU and can spy on you. I only allow AV and gadgets.

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials which works perfectly with Windows 7 Firewall.

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner then Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers monthly.

Then save a Windows 7 Backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD or replacement using DVD or Repair CD.
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09 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 8 Core X64

I just installed vLite 1.2 (did not see a link to the 1.1.6 version). The WAIK it points to is for Vista. Will it work with Win 7 or do I need to get the Win 7 WAIK. If so, it seems to be a .iso file, what do I do with it once I download it?

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10 Nov 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP


You can avoid having to download and install the huge WAIK by first installing Vlite 1.1.6, then immediately installing v. 1.2 over it. 1.1.6 contains the elements of WAIK which are needed by Vlite. 1.2 works fine with Win7 unless they have a newer version I've missed.

I'm not sure how this is germaine to the thread, but wanted to answer your question since I once had to download the WAIK for two days, unnecessarily as it turned out.
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10 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 8 Core X64

Thanks greg, I'll see if I can find a 1.1.6 download.
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