Deployment Tools Walkthroughs

Published: October 22, 2009

Updated: July 8, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7

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

The following walkthroughs provide step-by-step guidance in different Windows® deployment scenarios.

Create Answer Files

 

Walkthrough: Build an Answer File for BIOS-based Computers

Describes how to create an answer file that you can use to install BIOS-based computers.

Walkthrough: Build an Answer File for UEFI-based Computers

Describes how to create an answer file that you can use to install UEFI-based computers.

Create Windows PE Images

 

Walkthrough: Create a Custom Windows PE Image

Describes how to build a custom Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) image with additional packages, drivers, and other options.

Walkthrough: Create a Bootable Windows PE RAM Disk on CD-ROM

Describes how to create a Windows PE image that you can boot from a CD-ROM.

Walkthrough: Create a Bootable Windows PE RAM Disk on a USB Flash Disk

Describes how to create a Windows PE image that you can boot from a USB flash drive (UFD).

Walkthrough: Create a Bootable Windows PE RAM Disk on a Hard Disk

Describes how to create a Windows PE image that you can boot from a hard disk.

Walkthrough: Create an Optimized Windows PE Image

Describes how to reduce the size of your Windows PE image.

Booting Windows PE

 

Walkthrough: Boot Windows PE from CD-ROM

Describes how to boot a Windows PE image from a CD-ROM.

Walkthrough: Boot Windows PE from a BIOS-based Hard Disk

Describes how to boot Windows PE from a BIOS-based hard disk.

Walkthrough: Boot Windows PE from a UEFI-based Hard Disk

Describes how to boot Windows PE from a UEFI-based hard disk.

Creating Windows RE Images

 

Walkthrough: Create a Windows RE Image

Describes how to create and customize a Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) image.

Deploy a System Recovery Image

Describes how to deploy a Windows RE image onto a hard disk.

Walkthrough: Create a Windows RE Recovery Media

Describes how to deploy a Windows RE image to a CD-ROM or USB flash drive.

Deploying Windows Images

 

Walkthrough: Deploy Windows by Booting from a DVD

Describes how to perform an unattended installation of Windows by using the Windows DVD.

Walkthrough: Deploy Windows by using Windows Setup with a Custom Image

Describes how to create and deploy an image by using Windows Setup.

Walkthrough: Deploy an Image from a Network Share

Describes how to deploy Windows from a network share by using Windows PE and the ImageX tool.

Walkthrough: Deploy an Image by Using PXE

Describes how to install Windows by using a Preboot Execution Environment (PXE)-boot solution.

Walkthrough: Deploy Windows by Using a Configuration Set

Describes how to build an answer file that includes a basic Windows Setup configuration, minimum Windows Welcome customizations, a device driver, and an application.

Walkthrough: Deploy a Virtual Hard Disk for Native Boot

Describes how to create and deploy a virtual hard disk (VHD) with native boot on a destination computer.

Servicing Walkthroughs

 

Service a Mounted Windows Image

Describes how to apply updates, language packs, and other packages to a Windows image that is not currently running.

Walkthrough: Service an Applied Windows Image Offline

Describes how to apply updates, language packs, and other packages to an applied Windows image that is not currently running.

Walkthrough: Service a Virtual Hard Disk Image Offline

Describes how to prepare an offline VHD and then use DISM to modify it.

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