25 November 2012

How To Slipstream Windows Updates Into Windows 7 DVD / ISO

To Be Continued..............

Introduction

If you are like me and install Windows 7 on a regular basis, you will know that it is taking longer and longer to install Windows 7.The main culprit is the increasing number of Windows Updates that need to be installed afterwards.Since Microsoft will not be doing a Service Pack 2 for Windows 7 ( I hope they change their minds) the time to get Windows 7 installed is only going to take longer.

I am always looking for ways to speed up the installation of Windows 7, I have implemented 3 methods (including  this tutorial)


1. Installation From a USB 2.0 Key How to create a USB Install disk for Windows

2. Installation From a USB 3.0 Key How to Slipstream USB 3.0 Drivers Into Windows 7 DVD / ISO
3. Slipstreaming Windows Updates in to Windows 7 DVD / ISO (this tutorial)

With these 3 methods the install time has been reduced drastically. the difference is seen mostly in the part of Windows 7 install highlighted in red below if installing from USB Keys, with very few Windows updates to install afterwards (See About Windows Update Section Below).


After the first reboot, the rest of the install is done from the Hard Drive and will take the same amount of time regardless of hardware configurations.




Disclaimer

I will NOT be held responsible for any issues or loss of data resulting from the use of this tutorial.

I have tried this on my machine with no problems, but as most people are aware, there are 100's of different hardware and software configurations out there, so it is not possible for me to test on all of the different configurations.


This is not a very easy task to complete and may not be suitable for everyone,  when following the tutorial and you become stuck, STOP and do not continue or ask a friend who will understand and be able to follow this tutorial.


This is for new installations or wipe and reloads and 
NOT on a live system unless a backup is available.

About Windows Update

At the time of writing this tutorial the number of Windows Updates available even after Installing Window 7 with Service Pack 1 included are as follows

Windows Updates: 125 - 127

Office 2003: - 23

Office 2010: - 38

Other Software: - 

There are 3 different type of updates

1. .exe
2. .msp
3. .msu

Type 1 cannot be slip-streamed

Type 2 is used mainly for Office updates.

Type 3 which this tutorial covers

There are 2 updates that Microsoft have blocked from been slip-streamed  in to Windows, these are:

KB2533552
KB2647753

The list of updates that need to be installed manually afterwards are as follows:


.NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64 for x64 based systems: April 10, 2012 (KB2656368)

Update for the .NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64 based systems (KB2468871)

.NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Serv2737019er 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 based systems: November 13, 2012 (KB2737019)

.NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64 based systems: June 12, 2012 (KB2686827)

.NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 based systems: November 13, 2012 (KB2729449)

.NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 based systems: May 8, 2012 (KB2604121)

Reliability Update 1 for the .NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 based systems: August 08, 2011 (KB2533523)

Reliability Update 2 for the .NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 based systems: Feburary 13, 2012 (KB2600217)

.NET Framework 4 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2: December 29, 2011 (KB2656351)

.NET Framework 4 Client Profile for Windows 7 x64 based systems (KB982670)

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830)


update for Windows Activation Technologies for Windows 7 x64 based systems (KB971033)

Windows Update Agent 7.6.7600.256

Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft Security Essentials

Bing Desktop

Microsoft Live Essentials




Compared to the 127 that would have to be installed manually, I think we can put up with installing the 12 or so for Windows.

Office updates unfortunately will still need to be manually installed.

Windows Installer DVD / ISO,s

Depending on whether your Windows 7 DVD or ISO is retail or OEM, will determine if it will include all versions of Windows 7 on the one DVD or ISO.

There are 5 Different Versions of Windows 7

32 bit Windows

1. Starter
2. Home Basic
3. Home Premium
4. Professional
5. Ultimate

64 Bit Windows


1. Home Basic
2. Home Premium
3. Professional
4. Ultimate


To determine whether you're DVD or ISO has all 5 versions you need to check the following:

Browse to the sources folder on the DVD or ISO and check if the files highlighted in red below are listed.The example below is for 64 bit Windows.

If Checking an ISO you will need to mount it using software like PowerISO.



Normally when you install Windows 7, it automatically installs the version that is stated on the DVD or ISO. To get to choose what version you want to install, delete the file in the sources folder, highlighted in red below.

Make sure your product key matches the version you want to install, Product Keys only work for a particular version e.g. the Windows 7 Professional product Key will not work on Windows 7 Ultimate



When the ei.cfg file is deleted you will get the following screen during the Windows 7 Installation

For 32 bit



For 64 Bit



Obviously you cannot delete a file from a DVD, so you will have to make an ISO image of it using PowerISO, mount the ISO, delete the ei.cfg file and save the ISO file, 

If you  make a USB installation for Windows 7, you can delete the ei.cfg file from the USB Key


When slip streaming the updates there is an option to include the updates in to all 5 versions.

This tutorial will have to be used twice, because you need to install the 32 bit and 64 bit updates separately, you cannot slipstream 32 bit updates in to 64 bit Windows and vice a versa.

If you are using this tutorial for your own machine you can slipstream your drivers as well, I will show this also.

Lets get Started

Requirements

1. A working Windows 7 PC
2. Windows 7 DVD or ISO with Service Pack 1 included
3. PowerISO 5.4
4. Windows Updates Downloader
5.  RT Se7en Lite - Use Version 2.60 at bottom of page and choose 32 or 64 bit
   version, depending on the version of Windows you are using

6. Patience - Loads of it

Once all the requirements have been met, start Windows Updates Downloader







Click the + sign and the website below will open




click on the Update Lists {ULs}



scroll to the bottom of the page



Click on download for windows 7 32 bit and 64 bit




When the two files have downloaded, double click each one, to install in to Windows Update Downloader



Select an easy location, I suggest the desktop, so it will eliminate wasting time searching for the downloads folder later







Now select x 86 from the update list at the top, and then return to select x64 and repeat the procedure below, when the downloads for x86 are completed



Click On Show Options



Tick only the boxes that are ticked - do NOT tick anything else




Now tick only the boxes in the main window that are ticked below



Then click download and wait for the downloads to complete



To Be Continued..............

1 comment:

  1. Great job with this. Where is your "To Be Continued"? Have you finished it?

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