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Windows 7: Is it possible to install Windows 7 with all the current updates?

02 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 (Home)
 
 
Is it possible to install Windows 7 with all the current updates?

For one reason or another I am frequently installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 onto my hard drive. I use a lot of software so as things get installed and uninstalled bad things tend to happen and sometimes things are beyond repair.
My question is can I use my product key to download from someplace an image of Windows 7 with all the updates already installed? Installing the updates becomes very time consuming and the machine has to be restarted many times over so I am trying to avoid this. I suppose I could disable the updates but that is not really my intent at this time.

Thank You!

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02 May 2012   #2

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

Personally I've found it easier just to create system images now and then.

There are all kinds of ways to modify the installation though
just Google it.
How to Create a Custom Windows Installation DVD or USB Install
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02 May 2012   #3
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Everything you need is here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Once it's set all set up save a Windows 7 backup image so you never have to reinstall again.
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02 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It's possible to make a custom image that has the updates you want. The procedure is called slipstreaming. Just google for windows 7 slipstream, and you'll find all kinds of information on how to do it.
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02 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

The short answer is that you can't unless you go through the cumbersome process of slip-streaming. You should adopt the procedure suggested by Maguscreed and your problems would be over.

Imaging is not difficult at all. It shall be up-to-date with all the updates till the time that it was prepared and without the bad things that you have mentioned if they were not included when creating the image.

Read all about Imaging Strategies in the Backup and Restore Forum or in the Tutorials.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by esepich View Post
For one reason or another I am frequently installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 onto my hard drive. I use a lot of software so as things get installed and uninstalled bad things tend to happen and sometimes things are beyond repair.
My question is can I use my product key to download from someplace an image of Windows 7 with all the updates already installed? Installing the updates becomes very time consuming and the machine has to be restarted many times over so I am trying to avoid this. I suppose I could disable the updates but that is not really my intent at this time.

Thank You!
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02 May 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

esepich,
Yes. You can build a Win 7 install with all updates.

The procedure is not quick. The procedure is intended for system administrators and system installers. The time you would require to familiarize yourself with all of the ins and outs is greater than the time of simply installing, by brute-force, all of the updates on to a system. Then immediately make a system image backup using Win 7 Backup and Restore. You can then use that image to restore your computer when needed.

You are half-way there if you can start with a copy of Win 7 that already has SP1. You can add SP1 on to a Windows 7 DVD that does not have SP1 by using the "slipstreaming". I'm rather sure we have a tutorial on that procedure.

All said and down: Simply install Win 7, install all updates, make a system image backup.
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03 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you are frequently installing on the same system, you really should consider one of two options:

1. Stop doing whatever it is that's causing the reinstalls. Start virtualizing a copy instead.

2. Create a system image, fully updated, of your base install, and lay that back down when needed.
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