Creating a bootable Windows 7 Image

Posted on 2011-03-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I need to create a bootable Image on a USB drive or CD for multiple computers.  The Image needs to have Windows 7 Pro along with Optiplex 380 drivers and other various applications.  Is there an issue with product keys for Windows 7 or Office 2003 VL when doing this?  Our Dell PC's each have a single Win7Pro license.
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Auric1983 earned 500 total points
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Do you have a Windows Server 2008 server where you want to deploy the image?

You can use WDS (Windows Deployment Services)  you need to configure one of the 380's with all of the apps & stuff that you want. SYSPREP the machine, capture the image and then you can deploy to the other machines using Network Boot and a PE environment.

Heres another EE question about it
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If you want to deploy via USB you can use the WAIK to create a bootable USB drive too.

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Hi, yes it can be done, using the WAIK, but you would then risk breaking the MS EULA because you stated that you wish to use it on several PCs - remember that licensing restricts you to using a licensed copy on only 1 machine
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Not if you use sysprep to remove the license key before you capture the image.

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Also, if you have the correctly licensed Select Agreements, you can simply use to create your customised bootable iso

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Thanks all.  We are installing the new Windows Server 2008 R2 next week.  We'll test it then.

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Unless is using KMS the computer will want to make a call to microsoft to activate his copy of windows because running sysprep will reset the grade period. Keep that in mind.  If you have at least 25 machines then you can use KMS for product activation.  

I'm not sure of how many systems you have so KMS may or may not work

check out this article:

setup kms
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If you use KMS, the client will activate to the server, but then the server will only contact MS once it reaches 25 activations.  

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