You can do everything told in this tutorial on a virtual machine, in fact I recommend it. You might for instance have a fully working Windows 7 setup, no need for reinstall at the moment, but creating a customized image for future reinstallation on a virtual machine is fast and makes reinstall when needed a piece of cake. for further explanation), removing all hardware related information and drivers from the image so that it can be used later on any hardware capable of running Windows 7, not only on your own machine.
Restoring a system image with your software already preinstalled is usually faster than doing a clean install with no additional software, making your Windows personal and customized from the first boot to desktop. This, of course, requires a valid product key for Windows and each program on image for each computer you use the image to install Windows.
You will of course need a valid Windows 7 installation media to follow and repeat the process shown in this tutorial.
This bad boy goes to none other than Bedoop’s stage titled “Going Bananas But It’s Fresh Milk”.No commercial third party tools or programs are needed to follow this tutorial, everything will be done using native built-in Windows tools and two additional programs, Windows AIK from Microsoft and Reflect Free from Macrium which are both free to download and use.No advanced knowledge of Windows or computing is needed, the processes and procedures shown are easy to follow and repeat with basic Windows knowledge.I found lots of chatter about setting it up, but nothing on maintaining and enhancing the setup.We have covered various Sysprep scenarios at the Seven Forums tutorials but it's true we have not had one telling what then when you have sysprepped, what about upgrading or maintaining the sysprepped system.To continue my fine tradition of optimizing MS’s latest OS, I have here my findings to date.Before adjusting your service settings, ensure that your system has already installed all updates by “checking now” for any available updates via Windows Update.All feedback is welcome, post your comments and questions in this thread.Leipzig, February 4th, 2014 Kari Here at the Seven Forums we have several tutorials about installing and customizing Windows, about various scenarios for System Preparation Tool and Audit Mode, and to backup and maintain your Windows 7 setup.Try out the free online demo right in the browser, or purchase today on Steam! That said, a follow up article on how to maintain, backup, etc this arrangement (split drives for op and data) in case of a hdd or ssd failure, etc I think would be good.