Maybe you have known that a Windows 7 x86 DVD actually holds about 5 separate editions of Windows (Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate), and 4 separate editions on Windows 7 x64 (Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate) in one image file — the “install.wim”. But few of us know how to activate it, or create the custom installer. On this article I’ll teach you how to create one, and its very simple.
This is a text-only tutorial and I hope you can master the process quickly.
– Windows 7 x86 and x64 ISO
– Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8 or Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) for Windows 7
– An 8GB USB or a blank DVD
1. Create two folders for this operation: Example C:\SETUP and C:\IMAGES
2. Mount or extract the Windows 7 x86 ISO and copy all of the files to C:\SETUP
3. Mount or extract the Windows 7 x64 ISO, and copy the sourcesinstall.wim to C:\IMAGES
4. Go to C:\SETUPsources and find ei.cfg and DELETE it. This is the sole file responsible for making one-edition Windows 7 Setup DVDs/USBs.
5. Run the ADK / WAIK tool in Administrator mode and use the commands provided
imagex /compress maximum /export “c:\imagesinstall.wim” 1 “c:\setupsourcesinstall.wim” “Windows 7 HOMEBASIC (x64)”
imagex /compress maximum /export “c:\imagesinstall.wim” 2 “c:\setupsourcesinstall.wim” “Windows 7 HOMEPREMIUM (x64)”
imagex /compress maximum /export “c:\imagesinstall.wim” 3 “c:\setupsourcesinstall.wim” “Windows 7 PROFESSIONAL (x64)”
imagex /compress maximum /export “c:\imagesinstall.wim” 4 “c:\setupsourcesinstall.wim” “Windows 7 ULTIMATE (x64)”
oscdimg.exe -lWINDOWS7SP1_x86-x64_EN-US -m -u2 -bc:\setupbootetfsboot.com c:\setup “c:\Windows7.iso”
Once finished, just burn the C:\WINDOWS7.ISO using your favorite CD/DVD burner. Use the slowest speed option to make the disc error-free.
If you plan to make the USB installer, you must first configure your USB flash drive to become a Windows 7 bootable drive follow the instruction HERE. After making it bootable, copy all the files in C:SETUP to your USB disk and you are good to go.
I hope it helped you, just ask questions if you have some clarifications.
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