Build Custom Windows Images & Make Use of Unattend.XML File
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Build Custom Windows Images & Make Use of Unattend.XML File

Use SysPrep & ImageX to create custom Windows 7, 8 & 10 images, add SW, languages, files, and automate the installation
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Created by Omar Dabbas
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create a master custom image for your ideal Windows PC
  • Save your time installing Software, as all what you need will be included in your Windows image
  • Automate Installing Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & 10 (Almost zero touch)
  • Modify your Windows image easily, add files, languages, drivers, install SW & updates to the image
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  • A good PC with at least 4 GB RAM
  • Good Internet connection, or Windows ISO images in hands

Doesn't it seem boring to do the most weary task day after day, machine by machine, taking up an hour or more from your time just to make one device ready to be used?

Formatting PCs "or installing Windows" was (and still) one of the most frustrating tasks that any helpdesk engineer or PC maintenance shop need to do. What I came up with this course is a cool, easy and professional way to make your Windows installation experience as never been before.

This course is a mix of many features, tools, and ideas that are combined together to master custom Windows image that works on all desktops & notebooks you have.

We will create a virtual Windows machine (Windows 7, 8.1, or 10) using either Hyper-V or VirtualBox, whatever is convenient for you. Then, we will modify the image, add files to it, install applications, updates, and whatever modifications we want. Respectively we will capture that Windows machine using ImageX to extract a WIM file with all these modifications.

Next, we will see how we can use this extracted WIM file to create a bootable Windows image, moving to use an XML file that we can create to automate installing Windows almost without any user interaction.

Feel like this is too advanced technical course? Don't do! We will explain every single step. No rocket science in this course, guaranteed! You will see how to do each step in a very easy and straight forward way.

Why you are still reading here? Save your time that has been squandered doing boring tasks, hit the button "Take this course" and let's begin!

Who is the target audience?
  • Helpdesk technicians, system administrators, technical support engineers
  • Any IT person who manages small and meduim infrastructures
  • For people who use System Center Configuration Manager or any other advanced deployment technology, this course may not be the best for you
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 00:49

A quick overview on our course, we will cover main topics, and the tools we are going to use

Preview 00:49
Preparing The Reference Machine
3 Lectures 13:01

What is Virtualization and why it's useful? Why we need it here? We will also enable and configure Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 and install Windows on it.

Virtualization Overview & Prepare Hyper-V

You have Windows 7 or you don't prefer Hyper-V? We will see how we can create virtual machines using VirtualBox here.

Alternative: Prepare Using VirtualBox

We will install some software on the virtual machine, add some folders, and prepare it for the capture.

Installing Software & Final Touches Before the Capture
Capturing Windows Image
3 Lectures 08:55

We will see what is WinPE, and link to where you can create it from scratch (direct download available), and see how to boot to it

Creating a Bootable WinPE Image

This is the real part, we will see how we can capture our customized image while booting in WinPE, and save our captured image in a WIM file.

Preview 02:51

While the virtual machine is offline, we will move our WIM file to the physical machine, merge it to the proper location, and then create a bootable ISO image (no shareware app is needed, all is FREE).

Locating The Extracted Image & Adding it to an ISO Image
Automating Windows Installation
4 Lectures 16:06

We will see an XML answer file, discover how it's written (no coding details), and see how it's constructed to sections

Preview 04:15

With no coding skills needed, we will see how to generate an XML file with all the settings we want, and what modifications we better do on the file before saving it.

Creating Unattend.xml File & Modifying it

Now, we have that file, how we can add it to our image in order to allow Windows to read from it? Let's see.

Where to Put That XML File?

The real stuff, all previous lectures were preparing the image, here is the testing time, will it work? Do we have other options!!?

Preview 04:08
Course Wrap-Up
2 Lectures 02:44

In this two minutes quick lecture, we will recap what we did in the course, to sum up the information we had.

Wrap-Up and Closing

We have Came to an End
Bonus Stuff
4 Lectures 08:00
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About the Instructor
Omar Dabbas
4.4 Average rating
598 Reviews
7,995 Students
5 Courses
Premium Udemy Instructor - Microsoft Certified Professional

Hello, I'm Omar. I hold a bachelor degree in Computer Science, I have several certificates from Cisco (CCNA, CCNA-Voice, CCNA-Wireless, CCNP) & Microsoft (MCSA & MCP).

I've been living with computers for more than 10 years so far, from hardware, to maintenance, help desk, network management, and systems administration.

I currently manage the IT department in Edraak, the biggest MOOC platform in the MENA region with more than 1 million students!

I live in Jordan, married, and a father of a lovely little daughter.