Windows 7& Windows Server 2008 R2 Step-by-Step: Basic Windows Deployment for IT Professionals

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The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to help IT professionals deploy the Windows® 7 operating system.

This document demonstrates a basic example of how to configure and deploy a Windows® image. At the end of this process, you will have a valid answer file, a bootable Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) CD, and you will have deployed your first custom Windows image. After creating this basic answer file, you can modify it to include additional customizations. You can also automate parts of the process by scripting some of the manual steps in this scenario. For a comprehensive description of all the tools and deployment methods, see the Windows® Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) User’s Guide or

In this example, you build a basic answer file, and then install Windows using that answer file. This process includes:

Step 1: Building an Answer File

Step 2: Building a Reference Installation

Step 3: Creating Bootable Windows PE Media

Step 4: Capturing the Installation onto a Network Share

Step 5: Deploying from a Network Share

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