Windows 7

1. Microsoft Windows 7 tutorials 2. Module 1- Installation, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7 tutorials 3. Editions of Windows 7 tutorials 4. Hardware Requirements for Installing Windows 7 tutorials 5. You can install Windows 7 in following different ways, including: 6. Consideration for Upgrading v/s Migrating tutorials 7. What is Migration tutorials 8. Migrating User Data and Settings tutorials 9. Performing an Image-Based Installation of Windows 7 tutorials 10.Configuring Disks and Device Drivers tutorials 11. Partitioning Disks in Windows 7 tutorials 12.GUID - GPT Disk tutorials 13.Disk Management tools tutorials 14. Simple Volume tutorials 15. Spanned and Striped Volumes tutorials 16. Maintaining Disks, Partitions, and Volumes tutorials 17. Disk Quota tutorials 18.Working with VHD Virtual Hard Disk tutorials 19. Device Driver in Windows 7 tutorials 20.System Restore tutorials 21.LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIGURATION tutorials 22.Configure and Trouble shoot Network Connections tutorials 23.What is an IPv4 Address tutorials 24. Note - IPV4 25. IPv4 address classes tutorials 26.Default Gateway tutorials 27.Public and Private IPv4 Address tutorials 28.IPv6 Network Connectivity tutorials 29.IPv6 UNICAST ADDRESSES tutorials 30. IPv4 Address can be assigned by following types tutorials 31.Implementing Name Resolution tutorials 32. Trouble Shooting Network Connectivity tutorials 33. Implementing Wireless Security tutorials 34.Wireless network Technologies tutorials 35.What is Wireless Broadband tutorials 36.IEEE 802.11 tutorials 37.Wireless Network Configuration tutorials 38. Security Types tutorials 39. Implementing Network Security tutorials 40.Configuring Windows Firewall tutorials 41.Ports and Application tutorials 42.Important Application, Protocol and Port Number tutorials 43.Configure Inbound and Outbound Rules tutorials 44. Securing Network traffic tutorials

Performing an Image-Based Installation of Windows 7

  • Many big organizations use an image based deployment model to deploy desktop operating systems. Using these tools, organization can configure an effective computer imaging and deployment methodology that will ensure a standardized Microsoft Windows desktop environment.

What is Windows Imaging File Format?

  • The Windows Imaging (WIM) file is based on disk image format that was introduced to Windows Vista.


Benefits of WIM

  • The benefits of using WIM are as follows:-

  • WIM can store multiple images within a single file as like we can store images with and without core application in a single image file.

  • WIM enables compression and single instancing, which reduces the size of files significantly.

  • A single WIM can address many different hardware configurations. WIM does not required that the destination hardware match the source hardware

  • WIM enables the services like we can use the image offline. As we can add or remove certain components, files, updates, and drivers without creating new image.

  • WIM enables us to install a disk image on partition of any size.

  • WIM contains the ability to start Windows Preinstallation Environment

Windows 7 Imaging Components

  • Windows 7 image has four major components are as follows: -

  • The WIM format: - The imaging format used for creation and management of images.

  • Tools to create and manage the WIM: - Most of the windows 7 functions and tools are needed to create and manage a WIM file called ImageX

  • Imaging application programming interface (API): -Windows 7 provides the layer to programmatically access and manipulate WIM files called WIMGAPI.

  • Enabling technologies: - This contains the Windows Imaging File System Filter and the WIM boot filter. It also enables to browse the WIM as a file system and even WIM boot filter enables starting a Windows Preinstallation Environment image within a WIM file.

Tools for Performing Image Based Installation

  • There are many varieties of tools and technologies that we can use to perform image based installation of Windows.

  • Windows Setup: - In this program it upgrade previous version of Windows operating system.

  • Answer File: -This is an XML file that stores the answers for a series of graphical user interface.


  • We can even create and modify this answer file by using Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIMS).

  • Catalog: - This binary file (.clg) contains the state of settings and packages in a Windows image.

  • Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK): -This is a collection of tools and documentation that is used to automate the deployment of Windows operating systems.


It includes the following

  • Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM): - With the help of this tool we can create unattended installation answer files and distribution shares or can modify the files.

  • Windows Preinstallation Environment (windows PE): - This is a minimal 32 or 64-bit operating system with limited services, built on the Windows 7 kernel. Windows PE provides read and write access to Windows file systems and supports a range of hardware drivers, including network connectivity, which makes it useful for troubleshooting and system recovery.

  • ImageX: -This command-line tool captures, modifies, and applies installation images for deployment.

  • User State Migration Tool (USMT): -This tool is used to migrate user settings from a previous Windows operating system to Windows 7.


  • Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM): -This tool is used to service and manage windows images.

  • System Preparation (sysperp): - Sysprep prepares a Windows image for disk imaging. Sysprep can be used to remove any system-specific data from a Windows image, such as the security identifier (SID). After removing different system information from an image, we can capture that Windows image and use it for deployment on multiple systems.

  • Diskpart: - This is a command-line tool for hard disk configuration.

  • Windows Deployment Services (WDS): -It enables an administrator to set up new client computers over the network without visiting each client.

  • Virtual Hard Disk (VHD): - This Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk file format is available for specification that a virtual hard disk can encapsulated in a single file and even it can host native file systems and supports standard disk operation.


Image Based Installation Process: -

  • In this process of installation it consists five high level steps are as follows: -

  • Build an Answer File: - We can use this answer file to configure Windows setting during installation. To create an answer file we can use Windows System Image Manager.

  • Build a reference installation: - A reference computer customized installation that is done on duplicate one or more destination computers and by using Windows product DVD and an answer file we can create a reference installation.

  • Create a Bootable Windows PE media: -Windows PE enables us to start a computer for the purpose of deployment and recovery.

  • Capture he installation Image: To capture an image of the reference computer we can use Windows PE and the imageX tool


We can store captured image on a network share.

  • Deploy the Installation Image: - When we have an image on our reference installation, than we can deploy the image to the target computer. To copy and format the hard drive the image from the network share we can use diskpart tool.

  • For high volume deployments we can store the image of the new installation at our destination share and can deploy the image from the destination computer by using tools like Windows Deployment services (WDS) or Microsoft Deployment toolkit (MDT).