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Windows 7: sysprep and Custom Installation

02 Mar 2017   #1

Windows 7 PRO 64 Bit
sysprep and Custom Installation

Good morning guys

I'm trying create a new custom image with Windows 7 because the image that we are using is old and is impossible to work with new workstation that have Updated Hardware like NVMe Disk, Skylake and also USB 3.0. When i tried to install Windows i was unable to start the installation because i miss usb 3.0 driver. i tried to integrate the USB driver with dism(into boot.wim file) and i was able to start the installation but the system restart and when it needs to create the User i lost again mouse and Keybords and the NVMe SSD disk not recognized.

Basically i have downloaded the last version of the Windows 7 ISO with all the updated(march 2016?) released by Dell and i finished the installation. i Also found all the driver even if the workstations were not officially support windows 7 but only windows 8.1 and windows 10.

I read the guide on this forum and was great but if it's possibile i would like to solve some doubt:
  • The custom image that I'm actually using at the end of its installation run a script that disable some services and some Feature using the DISM utility. Disabling Windows Feature it is not so fast. So what i would like to understand if it makes sense to prepare a new image disabling services/features(one time) and then run e sysprep? or the sysprep reset everything so even Feature and Services and the script has to be run everytime i install the custom image?
  • The other question is related about the installation of the newer workstion as i told before. From What i understand sysprep remove all custom driver. I would like to prepare the image starting by the image create with the newer workstation without removing the custom driver that i laboriously found. So i hoped to be able to install older and newer workstation with the new custom image without becoming crazy. I know i can add driver also later with DISM but i would be easier....

Tanks for any Help

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02 Mar 2017   #2

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