Universal Windows 7 Image??

waltdeewaltdee Member Posts: 122
I have a base windows 7 build that i'd like to make a universal image that can be used on any computer. i have all the drivers which i got from driverpacks.net. How can i accomplish this? BTW i use Ghost as my imaging solution.
Aany help would be great thank you.....
when one is the, the one will be the being of willing to be the one.

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  • Stiltz79Stiltz79 Member Posts: 74 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Is this in a corporate environment?

    Do you have WDS in your environment?

    Why don't you setup an MDT Environment? Then not only can you deploy computers, but you can have automated tasks for Windows Update during the build, installing applications and joining domains. MDT is very powerful and can be configured to suit anyone's needs.
  • brad-brad- Member Posts: 1,218
    Stiltz79 wrote: »
    Is this in a corporate environment?

    Do you have WDS in your environment?

    Why don't you setup an MDT Environment? Then not only can you deploy computers, but you can have automated tasks for Windows Update during the build, installing applications and joining domains. MDT is very powerful and can be configured to suit anyone's needs.
    Side question, does MDT do a standalone or just networked computers? I cant seem to find any documentation on doing MDT w/ standalone. Im trying to do a side by side deployment but i need them to be offline.

    OP, are you using ghost suite or the home version?
  • AkaricloudAkaricloud Member Posts: 938
    Go look into sysprep's uses.

    Essentially you can put all of the drivers you'd want in, run sysprep and then capture an image.

    When you deploy it on the new machine it'll reload the appropriate drivers, reactivate licenses, ect.

    This isn't the best solution but it can be quite useful still.
  • pzeropzero Member Posts: 192
    brad- wrote: »
    Side question, does MDT do a standalone or just networked computers? I cant seem to find any documentation on doing MDT w/ standalone. Im trying to do a side by side deployment but i need them to be offline.

    OP, are you using ghost suite or the home version?


    You can create a "Media" kit (under Advanced Configuration, Media) where you can export all the tasks, selection profiles, drivers, applications etc to other media like USB/DVD etc.

    I use MDT to create my gold image on a machine thats totally isolated from the production network. I then copy the media kit to USB to build machines.
  • higherhohigherho Member Posts: 882
    Akaricloud wrote: »
    Go look into sysprep's uses.

    Essentially you can put all of the drivers you'd want in, run sysprep and then capture an image.

    When you deploy it on the new machine it'll reload the appropriate drivers, reactivate licenses, ect.

    This isn't the best solution but it can be quite useful still.

    also make sure you do not use the generalize command in your sys prep if all systems are the same. If they are all the same systems then sys prep is great to use.

    I have a master drive I keep updated and if I need a new image I run sysprep and then just get a duplicator and dupe the master to the slave drives and boom! many window 7 clients :0
  • waltdeewaltdee Member Posts: 122
    so far i have a fresh W7 image with some apps, also i downloaded windows 7 driverpack which includes all the drivers for all devices, and extracted the contents to c:\windows\inf\drivers, now i need to run sysprep. Do i select "generalize"? after running sysprep, and the machine restarts, do i boot to Ghost for instance, or do i need to let it boot back to windows to do anything else?
    Akaricloud wrote: »
    Go look into sysprep's uses.

    Essentially you can put all of the drivers you'd want in, run sysprep and then capture an image.

    When you deploy it on the new machine it'll reload the appropriate drivers, reactivate licenses, ect.

    This isn't the best solution but it can be quite useful still.
    when one is the, the one will be the being of willing to be the one.
  • waltdeewaltdee Member Posts: 122
    haha, i asked one question thats right here, thanks!
    higherho wrote: »
    also make sure you do not use the generalize command in your sys prep if all systems are the same. If they are all the same systems then sys prep is great to use.

    I have a master drive I keep updated and if I need a new image I run sysprep and then just get a duplicator and dupe the master to the slave drives and boom! many window 7 clients :0
    when one is the, the one will be the being of willing to be the one.
  • higherhohigherho Member Posts: 882
    waltdee wrote: »
    haha, i asked one question thats right here, thanks!

    Np, I did it once and well all my drivers reverted on me. Here is good information on sysprep command line syntax.

    Sysprep Command-Line Syntax


    After you do the sys prep and it reboots you can turn your machine off. It should come up to the "Welcome to Windows 7 screen". now if you have like 100 clients + you might want to think of an easier way like MDT. Although I did this for 50 clients and it was not that bad. I duplicated fifteen 250 GIG drives at a time and completed the whole process in a week.
  • waltdeewaltdee Member Posts: 122
    Hi,

    For some weird reason, i sysprep/generalize and select shut down, but everytime the machine reboot, it configures the compter for first use every time. Am i doing something wrong??
    higherho wrote: »
    Np, I did it once and well all my drivers reverted on me. Here is good information on sysprep command line syntax.

    Sysprep Command-Line Syntax


    After you do the sys prep and it reboots you can turn your machine off. It should come up to the "Welcome to Windows 7 screen". now if you have like 100 clients + you might want to think of an easier way like MDT. Although I did this for 50 clients and it was not that bad. I duplicated fifteen 250 GIG drives at a time and completed the whole process in a week.
    when one is the, the one will be the being of willing to be the one.
  • SilverGeniusSilverGenius Member Posts: 56 ■■□□□□□□□□
    waltdee wrote: »
    Hi,

    For some weird reason, i sysprep/generalize and select shut down, but everytime the machine reboot, it configures the compter for first use every time. Am i doing something wrong??

    Take a look at this guide, some helpful hints on how to accomplish a sysprep with Windows 7.
    Sysprep a Windows 7 Machine ? Start to Finish - The IT Bros
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