windows-7-logo This step-by-step guide explains how to install a custom image by using an operating system image that includes your customizations and applications. The guidance is designed specifically for small and medium business that may not have prior experience with Windows deployment or do not have an enterprise deployment infrastructure

Creating a custom image for the Standard Image method has seven major steps. You need two computers to build the custom image for this method: You configure your tools on the technician computer and customize your image on the reference computer. Table 1 has a column for each computer. You complete steps in the On the technician computer column on your own computer. You complete steps in the On the reference computer column on the computer that you are using to build the custom image.


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