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Easy way to deploy Windows 8

Posted on 2011-09-07
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I am looking for an easy way to deploy Windows 8 on 6 new PCs
Something from Microsoft or a third party
In the past, we installed one PC with all the needed stuff, then used an image...
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by:teomcam
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Did you mean Windows 7? If you meant Windows 8, it is not released yet and need to wait at least 16 months!
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by:LeTay
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Sorry indeed Windows 7 !
The version received is an OEM (Dell) version
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Since you are using Dell installation disc, it shoudl not have SP1 integrated! as Dell still not approved SP1 and if you don't wanna experince activation problems do not install SP1!
In the past we were using ghost and other imaging stuff but with Wndows 7 it is changed. Especially if you wanna custumize default user profile, there is a significant change. Anyhow you'l need to follow the steps below.

1-Downloaded WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit) and installed (Free) On different computer, preferably your tech computer.
2-Now go to your 1st deployment computer. You will install  your laptop/desktop and customize it but first, activate Administrator account (as default its disabled-Right click on Computer icon and manage, local users and groups) and remove the initial admin account the one that you have essentially created at the end of the setup! Now you logged in Administrator account, and install other softwares that you need. Customize desktop, gadgets and other softwares (Office especially-at first run it asking update settings whihc user will need administrator creditentials, its better to do it know so no user will be asked this question)
3-Now go back to other computer and create a folder under C: and name it (say WAIK) and copy the Install.vim and Install_Windows 7.clg files which located under sources to the WAIK folder you just created and run the WAIK. You do not need rest of CD components!!!
4-After finish preparation you will create an answer file (please watch the tutorial how to do this http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ff657745.aspx) Please use your answer file name as myunattend as I prepared the last command according to that. Most important part here is Copy Profile command which is under Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup (right click and Specialize) and Copy profile must be TRUE.
5-copy that answer file under the Windows\System32\Sysprep\
6-Now you look your desktop and make sure everything customized as you wish and type the following command via cmd!! (Not via GUI)
C:\>Windows\System32\Sysprep  (Enter) then
sysprep.exe /oobe /generalize /unattend:myunattend.xml (Enter)
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by:LeTay
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Will try all that and keep you informed
Thanks
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