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[Question] How do I re-run Windows 7 initial setup wizard after installing drivers and software?

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I am building a computer for a person, but due to the nature of the situation, I have no idea what they want to name the computer or their primary account for the computer. Plus, I want them to have that out-of-the-box feel with the computer.

Basically, I'm setting up the computer from a brand new hard drive with a fresh install of Windows 7. I'm installing all the drivers and some basic pre-installed software like anti-virus and other essentials. After that's done, I want to set the computer to force the user to go through the Windows 7 Initialization wizard where it asks you to name the computer, set up and name the main admin account -- as if it had just been turned on after getting it new from Dell or some other OEM. I want to know how the OEMs get Windows to that particular stage, because obviously they had to have gone through and added all that bloatware somehow, before setting it to run the wizard on next bootup!

I'd like to know how I can do this same little trick -- do I need a special copy of Windows 7 other than my retail copies? and if so, where can I get or buy it?
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I'm not seeing how that does what I need. I'd like for the person who receives the computer to boot it up and go through the "create an account" initialization wizard as seen on OEM. I tried playing around with the vLite program (version made for win7 and vista), and couldn't see how this does quite what I want. It just tweaks the installation by adding or removing features and drivers to the ISO.
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Basically with NLITE and VLITE you need to customize the installation. It's not that easy to do though. The thing is most OEMs use something similar to two programs mentioned above to nake what you wanted to do happen.

EDIT: For Windows Seven I believe the tool to use is RT Se7en Lite.
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Look into the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Deployment_Toolkit). OEMs don't use tweak programs to setup their computers; they use Microsoft software designed specifically for this purpose.
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There is an .exe that you can run that will do this that comes with windows. Try sysprep.exe. It should be located in C:\Windows\system32\sysprep.


Edited by DarkrReign2049 - 7/26/13 at 8:53am
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Originally Posted by DarkrReign2049 View Post

There is an .exe that you can run that will do this that comes with windows. Try sysprep.exe. It should be located in C:\Windows\system32\sysprep.


That's exactly what I was wanting to find, thanks!
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That's exactly what I was wanting to find, thanks!

Sure no problem. And thanks for the +Rep.
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Originally Posted by DarkrReign2049 View Post

Sure no problem. And thanks for the +Rep.

Of course. +Repped everyone else as well since everyone actually provided useful advice! RT Se7en Lite is actually a neat tool which is great to further customize my Windows install in ways I didn't previously intend or think of! Wish it was still supported by its devs though.

That OOBE thing though, very nice find.
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