First of all, big thanks to PizzaMan. If you're looking at stripping Windows 7 down for benching, refer to his thread
.Download and other useful links
- Release candidate (Build 1.7.0) -- x86 / x64
- Beta (Build 2.6.0) [SP1 slipstream support] -- x86 / x64
- Windows Updates Downloader (Version 2.50 Build 1002) -- Link
- Legal Windows 7 Download Links (credit goes to wontonforevuh) -- x86 ISO (mirror 1 / 2) | x64 ISO (mirror 1 / 2)
- VMware Player (3.1.4) -- Link
On the RT Seven Lite homepage, they have several good starting guides
on how to use their software. I don't want to go into that since it's pretty self-explanatory.Obtaining and integrating the latest Windows UpdatesClick for steps (Click to show)
Testing Unattended Windows OSClick for steps (Click to show)
After installing Windows Updates Downloader, download the latest compiled list (Post-RTM Links). Double-click the list and it will display:
Open up WUD and you should have a large list of all recent Windows Updates and software.
Select which files you wish to download and click on the Download button. You can also select where you want your files to be downloaded.Step 3:
After all of the files have been download, go back into RT Seven Lite and go to the Integration section (more info here
Following the tutorial on RT Seven Lite, select the updates you downloaded but don't
click Apply yet. If you download the Optional Updates or Software such as DirectX and Microsoft Security Essentials, you will need to go to the Applications tab. Once you add the program/application to the list, there will be a pop-up window.
Ignore it and click either OK or Cancel.Step 4:
If you just want to integrate the updates and/or software, then click Apply. If not, proceed onto the next task.
Install a virtual machine (VM) such as VMware Player (link above) or VirtualBox.Step 2:
Using VMware Player as an example, create a new virtual machine. Select the source of your new unattended Windows 7 files, then click Next.
On the next window, you can put in your product key (if you didn't integrate it already) and make sure you select the correct operating system.
If you do not put in a product key, WMware will ask you to manually activate it later. That's fine, click Yes.
Create a name for your VM and select where you want it located, then click Next.
Leave the default capacity at 40GB and click Next.
The last window displays the default hardware settings. You can change them in you like. Click Finish when done.Step 3:
Now that your VM has been configured, it will launch the setup files. Depending on how you configured your OS install, it may not show the usually Windows initial install Window.Step 4:
Once you've loaded to the desktop screen, check to make sure everything that you tweaked is working and/or removed. If everything is working correctly, then save the ISO image file and burn it to a disk or USB flash drive.
Note: If you integrated updates/hotfixes, you may need to restart your machine a few times.