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Preinstallation Concepts

Published: October 22, 2009

Updated: June 28, 2011

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

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This content applies to Windows 7. For Windows 8 content, see Windows Deployment with the Windows ADK.

The following topics describe the tools and technologies used throughout this guide.

In This Section

 

Understanding Images

Defines the concept of imaging, as it pertains to deploying the Microsoft® Windows® operating system. It also describes ImageX and Windows image (.wim) files.

Understanding Distribution Shares and Configuration Sets

Describes the differences between distribution shares and configuration sets.

Understanding Answer Files

Describes what an answer file is and how it is used.

Understanding Language Packs

Describes multilingual deployment scenarios.

Installing Windows on UEFI-based Computers

Describes installing Windows on Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)-based computers.

Understanding Disk Partitions

Describes splitting hard disks into partitions.

Understanding Virtual Hard Disks with Native Boot

Describes installing Windows to a virtual hard disk (VHD) that can boot natively on the computer without a parent operating system, virtual computer, or hypervisor.

Understanding Audit Mode

Describes booting your computer into audit mode, where you can test the computer, and provide additional customizations before preparing it for an end user.

Understanding Application Preinstallation

Describes adding applications and device drivers.

Understanding Device Drivers and Deployment

Describes adding device drivers, driver management, digital signatures, and certificates.

Understanding Windows Recovery

Provides information about Windows Recovery and Windows RE.

Understanding Battery Life and Power Plans

Describes power management issues.

Understanding BitLocker Drive Encryption

Describes using offline data protection using Windows® BitLocker® Drive Encryption.

Understanding Servicing Strategies

Describes how to make changes to images, either while the operating system is running or offline.

Understanding Upgrade and Migration

Describes considerations when upgrading or migrating computers from a previous version of Windows.

Understanding Failures and Log Files

Describes the relationship between common deployment scenarios and their associated log files.

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