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Windows 7: Making installing iso

04 Dec 2009   #11
gregrocker

 

Vlite's latest version is what you need. You can slipstream drivers, apps, programs, etc and produce an ISO, even burn reliably.

Imaging would be easier of course, as urged, and activation issues can be avoided by either reimaging on the same machine, or if reimaged to another machine and the key is retail , then remove the key and reinsert at Computer>Properties link after Win7 changes out all of the drivers (quite a show) at first bootup. OEM keys cannot be transferred to another machine.

If internet activation fails when inserting key (as to be expected since MS activation computers still show old hardware config until new key overwrites it), the robo call should suffice as it will trade numbers to deactivate on the old hardware config and activate the new one. Or explain to a person that you have installed it to a new machine as is your right with a retail copy, but do not mention image or cloning as those words tend to spook MS.

People seem to think that MS for some reason can take your key back if they don't like something. But if you are migrating a retail key to a new machine, they have to activate it once they determine it is not on another machine.


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04 Dec 2009   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
pparks, usually I understand what you are saying. But here you lost me. What's the difference?
A system image would have to be laid back down on top of the same machine with the same hardware.

An installer could be used to install on any machine that you chose. This would install the system and the various hardware drivers and such for the unique machine it is going on.

That's what that cool Ubuntu tool can do. It's quite handy.
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04 Dec 2009   #13
ccatlett1984

 

you will need to use vlite, or something like it to do what you want. Unless all of the machines that you might want to install the image on are of the exact same model and configuration. There are ways to make a "general" image and then have seperate "add-on" images with drivers for each different model, but that is way more work than you will ever want to do.
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04 Dec 2009   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
pparks, usually I understand what you are saying. But here you lost me. What's the difference?
A system image would have to be laid back down on top of the same machine with the same hardware.

An installer could be used to install on any machine that you chose. This would install the system and the various hardware drivers and such for the unique machine it is going on.

That's what that cool Ubuntu tool can do. It's quite handy.
OK, thanks - got you. In this case, I would choose cloning.
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04 Dec 2009   #15
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Lol... all this to say what I suggested 10 posts ago...
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04 Dec 2009   #16
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Lol... all this to say what I suggested 10 posts ago...
about the image failing activation on another machine?
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04 Dec 2009   #17
solar

Vista U32 , now Win7 64
 
 

to OP... if it is for a perosnal computer and only ONE, then the best way is as the first reply was. making an image. Download Windows AIK, then you can do all your cusotmizations and capture the image. when you wish to "reinstall" with all those base programs, you just apply that image and voila. done.

To create an installer disk with pre-installed programs, (which consequently also can be used on other conputers), requires (with that WAIK), sysprepping with /generalize and setting up an autounattend file and a lot of silent install commands...I can heartily recommend MDT2010 for these tasks. However, from the way you pose your question I can tell you, you would take weeks at least to get all that sorted, so I recommend scenario 1. Sort out a perfect install for your one computer. (If you have several end user computers, it is relatively straight forward to make a template for all of them and apply on each).

When and if* I release SUCK ;p then I would say, as an end user, I'd use suck for scenario 1, and WAIK/MDT2010 for scenario 2.

If much of this sounds unknown to you, just go for scenario 1. trust me.
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04 Dec 2009   #18
solar

Vista U32 , now Win7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Lol... all this to say what I suggested 10 posts ago...
yup but not sure if OP understood 'imaging' hence more posters... ^^
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