One of the biggest problems with Windows, every version in fact is that there is a different installation DVD for each version. Whether that’s Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate that’s nine different discs you need as each of these comes with a separate disc for the 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions of the operating system.
Yesterday I wrote on our sister website Windows 7 News about a tool called ei.cfg Removal Utility. This is an excellent tool for removing from a Windows ISO the file that locks it to a specific edition. By running this tool you can easily create a disc that will allow the installation of any edition. The downside with this is you still need separate installation DVDs for the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the OS.
So what do you do if you want just an installation DVD the contains every edition of Windows 7 in both x86 and x64 versions, is this even possible? The good news here is yes it is, though it’s more complicated than just running a program. I’d like to thank fellow MVP Alexis Zhang for providing the instructions on how to do it.
What You’ll need
- Installation ISOs for Windows 7 x86 and x64 (any edition)
- ISO creation / editing software such as UltraISO
- Windows 7 Automated Installation Kit
How to Create the Intergated ISO
- Using UltraISO, extract the \ SOURCES \ INSTALL.WIM files from both the x86 and x64 ISO files. If you do not have ISO files you can create them from your DVDs
- Rename these INSTALL.WIM files as x86.WIM and x64.WIM
- With the Windows 7 AIK installed on your computer run the Deployment Tools Command Prompt
- Type the following commands in the Command Prompt window adding any folder destinations as necessary…
- IMAGEX /EXPORT x86.WIM 5 INSTALL.WIM “Windows 7 Ultimate x86″
- IMAGEX /EXPORT x64.WIM 4 INSTALL.WIM “Windows 7 Ultimate x64″
- IMAGEX /EXPORT x86.WIM 4 INSTALL.WIM “Windows 7 Professional x86″
- IMAGEX /EXPORT x64.WIM 3 INSTALL.WIM “Windows 7 Professional x64″
- IMAGEX /EXPORT x86.WIM 3 INSTALL.WIM “Windows 7 Home Premium x86″
- IMAGEX /EXPORT x64.WIM 2 INSTALL.WIM “Windows 7 Home Premium x64″
- IMAGEX /EXPORT x86.WIM 2 INSTALL.WIM “Windows 7 Home Basic x86″
- IMAGEX /EXPORT x64.WIM 1 INSTALL.WIM “Windows 7 Home Basic x64″
- IMAGEX /EXPORT x86.WIM 1 INSTALL.WIM “Windows 7 Starter x86″
- This will integrate all the contents from the various version WIM files into a single INSTALL.WIM file
- Using UltraISO, copy this new INSTALL.WIM into the SOURCES folder in your Windows 7 x86 ISO file
- From the SOURCES folder delete the file EI.CFG from the same ISO file
- Save the ISO file
It can take a bit of time but using this method you can create a single installer for every edition and version of Windows 7.
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