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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 Updates
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Step 1:
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.



Step 2:

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.


Testing Unattended Windows OS
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Step 1:
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.



Enjoy!

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Bump. What do you guys/gals think?

Wouldn't mind some input.

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I'm not able to download the update lists you linked because I don't have an account. Other than that, looks like a great guide!

Ask yourself: If someone broke into your house and upgraded your computer with it,
how long would it be before you noticed the difference?


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It's great, especially with the update downloader thing...but I'd add some of the things PizzaMan has on his -

https://www.overclock.net/benchmarkin...-benching.html

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I'm not able to download the update lists you linked because I don't have an account. Other than that, looks like a great guide!
Fixed, added some download links. Thanks!

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It's great, especially with the update downloader thing...but I'd add some of the things PizzaMan has on his -

https://www.overclock.net/benchmarkin...-benching.html
Yeah I had his link already posted.

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*Updated Post-RTM Updates list*

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sweet! I'm making a.... "do-it-all" repair kit type of thing and this would be great. I've already got XP and Vista tools. I had done some Windows 7 stuff but this looks like it'll make it much easier by integrating it all into the installation itself.

My question is - the ISOs of Windows 7, are those the full OEM versions of Windows 7 or are they watered down in someway to make them legal?


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My question is - the ISOs of Windows 7, are those the full OEM versions of Windows 7 or are they watered down in someway to make them legal?
They are the full retail (RTM) versions. I believe OEM keys work on them as well, not 100% sure though.

Your best bet is to download the .iso and run it in a virtual machine. Use the OEM key you have and see if that activates it.

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They are the full retail (RTM) versions. I believe OEM keys work on them as well, not 100% sure though.

Your best bet is to download the .iso and run it in a virtual machine. Use the OEM key you have and see if that activates it.
Freakin virtual machine. I always forget the wonderful uses it can provide. Ugh lol I need sticky notes with USE VIRTUAL MACHINE written on it.


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Freakin virtual machine. I always forget the wonderful uses it can provide. Ugh lol I need sticky notes with USE VIRTUAL MACHINE written on it.
Sticky notes not required, seek book beside you.





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