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Capturing/Deploying Standard Windows 7 Image or Why Microsoft is Yet Again Driving Me to Drink

 

I'm almost two years into my one man IT shop gig.  My experience trying to use features of Windows to automate things and save time follows this pattern:  1) Come in naive and wide-eyed believing the built-in functionality will do what it says.  2) Clumsily fart around with it until I think I have it working.  3) Realize later, in horror, that it never had the functionality to do what I thought it did and what most IT operations would need.  4)  Now jaded with my new knowledge, seek out open-source/third party tools that real people actually use.  

 

I have kept the pattern alive trying to capture a standard image of Windows 7 to be used on all machines.  I started with this guide:  http://technet.micro...7(v=ws.10).aspx

 

We are a small shop, <15 PCs, running single user licenses from the OEM of Windows 7 Pro.  I was able to capture my image using the above guide on a UFD, so I have an Install.wim.  However all I have for installation media are OEM recovery disks.  

 

How can I get this install.wim captured from a single user license into a version of Windows 7 Pro that I can use?

 

I'll use official MS stuff or 3rd party tools.  Activation stuff doesn't bother me, for instance if I have to call or do some other software voodoo to use the license from the current machine instead of the reference machine.  I've started down the thread of downloading the Windows 7 Pro iso and messing with rt7lite but I don't know if that will do what I want yet.  I'm worried I wasted quite a bit of time to get an OS image that I can't even use without volume licensing (which I'm not sure is cost effective for us yet).  


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Recovery DVDs are locked to a manufacturer or in some cases a specific model. Are you asking how to say (for example) take a Dell Recovery DVD and make an OS you can use on any make and model computer?


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Recovery DVDs are locked to a manufacturer or in some cases a specific model. Are you asking how to say (for example) take a Dell Recovery DVD and make an OS you can use on any make and model computer?

 

More along the lines of if I can still create a standard image of windows 7 when I don't have volume license media.  The guide specifies volume license media combined with the image captured by imagex to create new media that will install the standard image you've captured.  







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