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I've been in the computer repairing business for a really long time now and I saw my school's admin fix computers by sliding in new HDD's with the OSes preinstalled.

Now, I'm going to offer my service at a flee market with hundreds of visitors each day and expect to have many computers that I might have to fix.
But before I do it I need a faster way of installing Windows 7 or 8.


I know that companies like HP, Dell and even Asus preinstall the OS. But my question is how would one go on to do that?


EDIT: Like putting the HDD into a docking station and then installing the OS, it's also easier to check the integrity of the drive that way.
Edited by _Lucid_ - 7/7/13 at 9:18am
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I've been in the computer repairing business for a really long time now and I saw my school's admin fix computers by sliding in new HDD's with the OSes preinstalled.

Now, I'm going to offer my service at a flee market with hundreds of visitors each day and expect to have many computers that I might have to fix.
But before I do it I need a faster way of installing Windows 7 or 8.


I know that companies like HP, Dell and even Asus preinstall the OS. But my question is how would one go on to do that?

Most likely your school installed the OS onto the drive on an identically specced computer and just transferred it from one to another identical computer. The OEMs probably do something similar, but they wouldn't have a gui for the installation: it would probably all be coded to run automatically. If you want something like this I can help you. Here is an official microsoft tool to do exactly that.

Hope this helps.
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I run a computer repair and maintenance company here in Southern California..http://www.missionviejocomputertechnicians.com I have been buying factory install disks from a third party company for years and doing factory refresh installs on new HD's with these..they are around 30.00 a pop. The older HP's etc, don't have a factory refresh partition so I do quite a lot. In the 90's we built images of a standard load with drivers and apps and burned it onto an install disk..we also had a copy out on a shared network drive..these days it could be done via the cloud..I have been doing installs via cloud directory of my antivirus program for awhile now..
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