Thursday, December 23, 2010

Imaging Windows 7, Useful Resources

As I've said, one of the biggest frustrations that I've run into as I've learned how to image and deploy Windows 7 has been finding good information, documentation and tutorials. Below is a list of resources that I've found to be valuable and refer back to quite a bit. Also, I've been saving resources as I find them using Pinboard. You can browse them by going to

Sysprep a Windows 7 Machine, Start to Finish (Brian Lee Jackson's terrific blog)
  • Terrific step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a Windows 7 reference machine, creating a basic Sysprep answer file, and running Sysprep to prepare the reference machine to capture an image.
  • This is a great place to start if you already have a good idea of how Sysprep used to work with Windows XP and just want to figure out the differences in Windows 7
  • Brian has also created a custom WinPE 3 bootloader that you can use to create a bootable WinPE drive
Desktop Deployment, Microsoft TechNet (Microsoft clearinghouse for all Windows 7 desktop deployment information)
Windows 7 Deplyment with Sysprep (University of Missouri in Saint Louis College of Education blog)
  • This article is similar to Brian Lee Jackson's, but fills in some of the gaps and is also very user-friendly
Creating a Windows PE 3 Bootable USB Device (David Owen's blog)
  • Need to create a WinPE 3 Bootable USB drive? This is a great place to start