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Windows 7: slipstreaming installation of OS

23 Aug 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)
slipstreaming installation of OS

lm hoping to cut down time on my new build which should hopefully arrive today, and rather than sit for a good few hours rebooting over and over again l wondered if there was a good "slipstreaming" guide as lve not made one before.

ideally ld not only like to save time downloading windows updates, but also speed up the process by using a thumb drive as well to install from.

l did find a guide on how to do it here: How to Speed Up Windows 7 Installs With Slipstreaming and USB | PCWorld however lm wondering if there are newer guides and better tools, and do l have to download all the other updates too rather than just SP1? or does the full SP1 download include everything rather than just singular updates? as lve never really looked into it.

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23 Aug 2014   #2

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)

sorry for the double post, noticing its a site thats endorsed here (hence why l shared the link).

l came across this: Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River

lm trying to understand what they mean by sp1 images with media refresh, does that mean they get refreshed and contain all microsoft updates?

or would it be simpler for me to just download a copy of win 7 pro with SP1 (lm assuming l can use my oem code with versions posted there) then use the below method to get the rest of the updates?

TEST -Update 7 installation media

as lm contemplating slipstreaming all the updates to save time once lve installed everything then install using a usb thumb drive to save even more waiting around.
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23 Aug 2014   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

SP1 with media refresh is the newest ISO available as far as I know.

It has some minor difference from SP1, but I can't recall exactly what it is.

Either one would require you to get later updates through Windows Update.

I can't recall details of slipstreaming on Win 7. It was quite common in the days of XP, but I guess has fallen out of favor in recent years because Win 7 rarely needs to be re-installed.

If you are going to use a Digital River ISO, you need to activate it with the 25 character Product Key found on a sticker on the PC, NOT with the bulk OEM code that was used to activate your installation at the factory.
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23 Aug 2014   #4


TEST -Update 7 installation media shows how to slipstream into the installer the latest Updates. It works quite well with flash stick installer provided in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 since you can add newer Updates later and only need to swap out the install.wim file in Sources folder on stick.

Everything else that will assure you get and keep a perfect install is in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and is the same for retail. Pay close attention to how drivers are best handled in the first driver-complete OS. The tools and methods given compile what has worked best in tens of thousands of installs we've helped with here since beta.
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23 Aug 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)

ignatzatsonic makes it sound like l have one of those nasty pre-builds like a Dell or something

far from it, lve never had a computer that wasnt a custom build, the only difference being is l built the last one (and a new build lm still missing a part for... annoyingly an item was missing from the order which l have to chase up tuesday).

suffice to say my oem version has its own code and wasnt a factory installed version.. l just wanted to download a 64bit version (the legit disk l have is a 32bit, however my oem code works for 64bit versions) however rather than go through slipstreaming SP1 l thought it better to get a legit copy from Digital River which already has SP1 then pop all the updates into the iso with the tools above to save time and all the rebooting.

in fact, what is the difference between normal versions and the refresh media version?
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23 Aug 2014   #6

Win 10 Pro x64, Win 7 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timeless View Post fact, what is the difference between normal versions and the refresh media version?
The media refresh includes the hotfix described in KB2534111. No other changes have been made to the product.

Source: MSDN

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23 Aug 2014   #7

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)

so the media refresh version seems my best bet to download.

in which case which is the best Win7 Pro 64bit version which l can use my OEM code with? as the page seems to suggest l should be able to use an OEM COA code that came with the disk ld bought from ebuyer a few years back. (l just hope whatever version comes with IE comes with a lower version that 11 tho l assume l can just find an earlier version on MS if the ISO doesnt contain it, dont worry lm not an IE user its just my home energy topup card readers arent compatible with the latest versions of IE).
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24 Aug 2014   #8
is the US English version of Professional 64 bit, latest official ISO.
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24 Aug 2014   #9

Windows 7 Professional (64bit)

thats the one l assumed, currently have it extracted, downloading all the windows updates, then its a matter of following the other tutorial to insert all the updates.
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