My first post in this forum.
I have been searching and digging a lot for days to find out a way for :
1- creating a custom install media to install win7 SP1 x64 on my system with latest updates ( need offline package up to date) and latest drivers ( I have them downloaded like ATI graphics, sound and others) injected within installation media. Self boot /install media
2- later on i need to create a hidden partition containing this ( above) media copied in it so a key press at boot time brings a new installation from media created in step-1
I found a lot of ways
a- RTsevenlite ( website currently down for me )
c- windows OPK
d- windows automated installation kit.
.... and others
I have found that most reliable and official ways to build such an image is using microsoft deployment methods using windows OPK or Windows Automated Installation kit.
Windows OPK is targeted to system builders and only available to channel partners.
windows AIK is for enterprise, perhaps for network deployment ( I will not be deploying over network )
windows AIK is free download ( may be under some license terms )
I can experiment and learn windows AIK for my purpose using virtual machines but I need to have two huge downloads for that matter :
- The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 KB3AIK_EN.iso 1.7 GB
- The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) Supplement for Windows® 7 SP1 waik_supplement_en-us.iso 1.3 GB
So I am planning to download and experiment them in a virtual machine ( to setup a VM windows and install and run WAIK in it. Then build my Custom media for windows 7 sp1 x64 for my particular system.
I think of using the WAIK for later for my other win7 systems ( one or two to achieve their custom mathced installation media and boot time recovery media )
for recovery purpose I have been experimenting with GHOST and ACRONIS times back. but I wish to create a solution like a branded system recovery method. Just press a key at the bios boot time and it deploys a custom made image to bring things to factory installed state.
That's all my understanding and I need advice/suggestion, am I on the right track?
Should I download and go ahead for the two huge WAIK file and start playing ?
This post has been edited by sunnyimran: 04 November 2012 - 02:52 AM