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Windows 7: Putting the Key in installation files

03 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 7100
Putting the Key in installation files

Hi all, in XP you could put the installation key into the winnt.sif file. How do you do the same under Windows 7 ?

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03 May 2009   #2

Vista X64 ultimate/ 7 X64 Ultimate (7264)

You can use vlite to make the disc unattended, that's what i do..

You can also set yourself up as full admin by bypassing the user account creation and not entering a password.

That's what i do to get rid of UAC without suffering any of the consequences that can arise after turning it of within windows...
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04 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 7100

Thanks but after installing vlite it says I have to download a 1.3GB program from Microsoft. Not really worth it really.
However, if you have already done it could you tell me which file the installation key is stored in ?

Many thanks
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04 May 2009   #4


with vista and later, there is no way to create the answer file that you want without grabing the download from MS.
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05 May 2009   #5

Vista X64 ultimate/ 7 X64 Ultimate (7264)

Vlite 1.2 doesn't require the wim install. Well it does but it's already in the Vlite package and takes about .5 of a second to install.

As for the serial integration, i don't know the limitations of this as i use "rebuild only ultimate" so when the OS installs i don't get prompted for a serial anyway.

This is because the OS choice is removed so it install the default key......

Hope this helps..
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05 May 2009   #6

Win 7

You can set the key with Dism, it is a default windows 7 executable so you don't need to download. You will need to replace the new install.wim it creates in the .iso though.

For this example i created a folder called "rc" on the root of the C drive and extracted the install.wim to the root of C.

1. Extract the install.wim from the iso
2. Create a folder to mount it too
3. Run command prompt as admin
4. Mount .wim
5. Set the product key (this is a valid key for ultimate)
6. Commit the changes to the .wim
7. replace the install.wim in the .iso with the one you just created ( use your choice of iso software magic iso, power iso etc )
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