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Slip-streaming updates to machines with a recovery partition?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Al Dykes, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Al Dykes

    Al Dykes Flightless Bird

    I see that lots of current machines have a "hidden" partition with
    vendor-provided recovery tools, including files that will restore the
    user disk to factory settings. The one machine I'm looking at lets me
    burn *one* recovery DVD that is bootable.

    Is there any way to slipstream patches and service packs into these
    machines?

    I'm tempted to buy a retail copy of Win7 and format the disk down to
    bare iron and do a clean install. Having a system disk I can
    slipstream would be part of the justification for spending the money.





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  2. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "Al Dykes" <adykes@panix.com> wrote in message news:hno8of$rre$1@panix5.panix.com...
    >
    > I see that lots of current machines have a "hidden" partition with
    > vendor-provided recovery tools, including files that will restore the
    > user disk to factory settings. The one machine I'm looking at lets me
    > burn *one* recovery DVD that is bootable.
    >
    > Is there any way to slipstream patches and service packs into these
    > machines?
    >
    > I'm tempted to buy a retail copy of Win7 and format the disk down to
    > bare iron and do a clean install. Having a system disk I can
    > slipstream would be part of the justification for spending the money.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > Al Dykes
    > News is something someone wants to suppress, everything else is advertising.
    > - Lord Northcliffe, publisher of the Daily Mail
    >


    As you have probably found out the tool used for
    slipstreaming XP and Vista, vLite, apparently does
    not work with Win7.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NLite_and_vLite

    I don't know of a way to integrate updates into an iso
    file, somebody else might.
    What about creating an image of the updated C drive
    and storing it on an external hard drive as a backup.
    Win7 can do that for you.
     
  3. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On 16 Mar 2010 11:39:59 -0400, adykes@panix.com (Al Dykes) wrote:

    >
    >I see that lots of current machines have a "hidden" partition with
    >vendor-provided recovery tools, including files that will restore the
    >user disk to factory settings. The one machine I'm looking at lets me
    >burn *one* recovery DVD that is bootable.


    The limit of *one* DVD must be a software limitation. I assume it
    would be fairly easy to work around it, if desired.

    I just had a Dell PC in the shop with that hidden partition. Taking a
    closer look, I found that it contained a simple Ghost image of the C:/
    partition. After restoring that image, per the owner's request, I
    performed a 'decrapify', added all of the Windows updates, added
    antivirus / antimalware software, added her applications, set up wired
    and wireless networking, and did some more cleanup and optimization.
    (Continued below)

    >Is there any way to slipstream patches and service packs into these
    >machines?


    Once it was all set, I created a new Ghost image on an external drive.
    Then I expanded the hidden partition, renamed the original Ghost
    image, and copied the new Ghost image into the hidden partition. I
    gave the new Ghost image the name of the original Ghost image so that
    the automated recovery would recover the new image, not the factory
    image. This was all per the owner's request. Lastly, I added a text
    file to the hidden partition, describing in detail everything I had
    done, pointing out which files are factory files and which were added
    by me, etc. As a final step, I burned the Ghost image to a DVD and
    gave that to her, as well.

    >I'm tempted to buy a retail copy of Win7 and format the disk down to
    >bare iron and do a clean install. Having a system disk I can
    >slipstream would be part of the justification for spending the money.


    The method I used is probably overly complicated, but I tested it and
    it worked perfectly. The compressed Ghost image was less than 4 GB in
    size, and was able to be restored in about 12 minutes on that
    particular machine.

    Assuming no physical hard drive damage, she can do a full system
    restore by hitting an F key during system boot. If that doesn't work,
    she can boot from the DVD. Pretty simple to do, even for her, (a
    non-geek).
     
  4. Brian Gregory [UK]

    Brian Gregory [UK] Flightless Bird

    "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    news:NLCdnX1QQu3KJQLWnZ2dnUVZ8vSdnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >
    > As you have probably found out the tool used for
    > slipstreaming XP and Vista, vLite, apparently does
    > not work with Win7.
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NLite_and_vLite


    That's just one way of slipstreaming XP and Vista.
    I've done it perfectly adequately using IsoBuster and Nero 7.


    > I don't know of a way to integrate updates into an iso
    > file, somebody else might.
    > What about creating an image of the updated C drive
    > and storing it on an external hard drive as a backup. Win7 can do that for
    > you.


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  5. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "Brian Gregory [UK]" <ng@bgdsv.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:sYWdnfU92LWeTjTWnZ2dnUVZ8kSdnZ2d@pipex.net...
    > "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message news:NLCdnX1QQu3KJQLWnZ2dnUVZ8vSdnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>
    >> As you have probably found out the tool used for
    >> slipstreaming XP and Vista, vLite, apparently does
    >> not work with Win7.
    >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NLite_and_vLite

    >
    > That's just one way of slipstreaming XP and Vista.
    > I've done it perfectly adequately using IsoBuster and Nero 7.
    >
    >


    Yes, that may be so but the OP asked about Windows 7.
    Anyway, as he hasn't responded I pronounce this thread
    dead due to lack of interest.
     

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