Windows 7 & Windows 10 Image for deployment on any system

I would like to setup a Windows 7 and Windows 10 OS install image that I can use on any system.  I want to be able to deploy those OS's on any Dell machine. How do I make this happen?
cbumatayIT/Network Services CoordinatorAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
All versions of Windows since Vista are hardware independent when it comes to building the images.  The only question is whether or not Windows has the drivers built in or you add them.  The most important driver for network deployment is the network adapter driver.  The second most important is the storage (but most using standard SATA include necessary drivers which is why I consider this the second most important instead of the most important).

I suggest you read up on Windows Deployment.  Microsoft has a TON of documentation.  The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and Windows Deployment Services (WDS) are both free (the latter is an included service with all versions of Server since 2003 R2).  

Properly creating and deploying an image, if you don't know what you're doing, can take 20-40+ hours or learning, testing, and learning some more.  Once you understand the procedure, it's very worthwhile... assuming you have to deploy dozens of machines per year.  If you have to deploy 5-10, and you don't expect to do more than that each year, it's probably more appropriate and less costly to just setup the machines on a table or two and do an assembly line of sorts.

Some additional information:
Overall Guide on Microsoft's Deployment Tools (most if not all free/included with commonly used systems)


you have to incorporate all the possible Dell drivers into the image.
Are you using actonis or similar software to image and stream on to the image the drivers, or are you using windows WDS to achieve this goal.

The type of OS (enterprise/volume license) that you to .....
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