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Windows 7: difference between slipstreaming and recovery disk?

02 Dec 2013   #1

difference between slipstreaming and recovery disk?

I do some IT work and I have been doing some research on unattended installations. Im still a little confuse, Should I make a slipstream boot usb. Or a recovery usb.

Usually i always reinstall windows OS,it would be nice to have all the updates already done on the same install. But i also want to include a few programs that its impossible to install because they dont have silent switches.

Should I just clone a hard drive image with just the few programs that I want like OS system and shark codex.
Is the possible?

Is one risker than another? Is one faster than another?

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02 Dec 2013   #2
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With built in drive imaging and many suitable free apps like Macrium - Image your system
or Acronis premium imaging which has a free version for any WD or Seagate HD, there is no need to reinstall once you get a perfect install setup.

To generalize the image so it can startup on any hardware you can SysPrep to move HD to another computer, a boot disk to adjust it like Paragon Adaptive Restore - Overview or the Acronis premium suite.
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02 Dec 2013   #3


Someone told me that slipstream is better because u can install it on multiple computers.

A recover disk only works for specific hardware.

Is this ture? I want to use this a multiple computers with all difrent kind of hardware.
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03 Dec 2013   #4
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Recovery Media which you make from or comes with a new PC from the store reinstalls all of the factory bloatware and duplicate utilities which interfere with better versions built into Win7. Most tech enthusiasts will not run such a ruined install but instead do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Everything is in the blue link to get a perfect install.

The way to make your own Recovery media for your completed custom install is to save a backup image externally which can be applied using a boot disk in 20 minutes. As I already said this can be generalized to apply to other hardware by using SysPrep, Paragon Adaptive Restore CD, or Acronis Premium Home Imaging with Universal Restore.

Slipstreaming using a program like 7Lite can add drivers and even your custom programs to a Win7 installer, but you still need to install from scratch which is unnecessary when you can also apply an image of your finished install in 20 minutes.
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