Loading applications into a Windows 7 installation bundle

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Is it possible to load applications into a Windows 7 installation like slipstreaming updates but applications? I would love to bundle my antivirus solution and malwarebytes into every install. Is this possible? How can I achieve this easily?

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I would start with the free tools from Microsoft. The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit has extensive documentation on automating the creation of a deployable OS image and installing applications during the image creation.

You can look on sites such as AppDeploy.com and MSFN.org for information on automation of installations and hints on creating an image.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    "like slipstreaming updates but applications".... would u like to clear this once again !
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  • Sixball
    building MSI files to basically script the installs is another great way to push multiple applications to client machines. Great place to start is HERE
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  • carlosdl
    @Rechil, take a look: Slipstreaming Hardware Drivers The link is about slipstreaming drivers, but it can be done with windows updates/patches as well. Now, TeachMeIT would like to add third party applications. Maybe you can find a link to help him out.
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  • Labnuke99
    Isn't this just like using a master or "gold" image? Create a master image and then use that to build new systems. Update the image as needed and new machines would then have the same config.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Thanks, Carlosdl, for the link
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  • carlosdl
    Good point Troy. In previous Windows versions I think imaging was not an option when different hardware combinations were involved, but that is not the case anymore. Choosing an Image Strategy and Building Windows 7 System Images
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  • Sixball
    (takes notes) Great Links y'all... :)
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  • Pjb0222
    The first step to this is to check with your application vendor to determine if your application is a candidate for adding to your image. Some applications do not handle this well! Other applications require special options to be set during installation or anonymization after the install. In some cases, you may need to set user options during the first user login (add a script to the default user runonce key and remember these need to work as a standard user). What I find for some items (managed AV can be one of them) is to set the image to auto login as administrator and run the installations. This can be set to reboot as many times as needed to install items. For Windows 7 I need to reboot back into adminstrator once to complete all the setups. Items such as Office 2010 (Office was made image aware in Off 2007 and required a command line option prior to that) can be added to the "gold" image.
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  • TeachMeIT
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