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 System Builder Basics

In this 10-part video series, OPK expert James Kahle takes you through the basics of preinstalling the Windows 7 operating system with the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK). The videos are a practical introduction to the OPK and include plenty of tips and tricks along the way.

In this video series, you’ll learn how to:

  • Complete an end-to-end preinstallation scenario that includes Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, and a hard disk recovery solution.
  • Service Windows images, understand OPK logs and build deployment solutions on a USB key.

Each video has a companion PowerPoint presentation to use as a reference.

Videos and Presentations Description
Part 1: Introduction to the OPK

PowerPoint Presentation
.pptx 203 KB

Get a practical introduction on how to use the Window 7 OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK).
Part 2: Preinstallation Scenarios

PowerPoint Presentation
.pptx 440 KB

Review the various preinstallation scenarios for image deployment and image servicing.
Part 3: Preparing Your Technician Computer

PowerPoint Presentation
.pptx 147 KB

Prepare a technician computer for OPK deployment.
Part 4: Designing a Windows Image

PowerPoint Presentation
.pptx 145 KB

Create an answer file with WSIM, add various settings, add a custom OOBE.xml file, validate the answer file and create a configuration set.
Part 5: Building a Reference Computer and Recovery Image

PowerPoint Presentation
.pptx 149 KB

Create a master installation on a reference computer. Use ImageX to capture the master installation and create a recovery image.
Part 6: Preinstalling the Windows 7 and Recovery Image

PowerPoint Presentation
.pptx 1.1 MB

Create scripts to automate the deployment of the image. Then deploy the install and recovery images to the destination computer.
Part 7: Introduction to Windows Recovery Environment

PowerPoint Presentation
.pptx 145 KB

Perform a recovery using the Recovery applet in Control Panel (in-box tool). Also learn how to perform a recovery using Advanced Boot Options.
Part 8: Servicing the Windows Images

PowerPoint Presentation
.pptx 200 KB

Get an introduction to the DISM (Deployment Image Services and Management) Tool. Compare offline and online servicing.
Part 9: Understanding OPK Logs

PowerPoint Presentation
.pptx 148 KB

Use OPK logs to help you diagnose failures.
Part 10: Deploying a USB Key Deployment Solution

PowerPoint Presentation
.pptx 67 KB

Make a bootable Windows PE USB key (8GB), copy the Windows bits and configuration set to the key, and set the PC to boot from USB.

Additional OPK Training and Tools

  • Windows 7 OPK Training
    This 7-part video series features step-by-step guidance for preinstalling Windows 7 with the OPK and focuses on the Windows 7 OPK user interface experience. Also provided are transcripts for each video and a Windows Deployment Labs document.
  • Express Deployment Tool
    Use this tool if you’re interested in doing a fast, basic deployment of Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, PC Essentials and Microsoft Security Essentials using the OPK—and don’t have the time or knowledge to use all the OPK’s features.
  • Windows 7 OPK
    Download the Windows 7 OPK and supporting documentation to help you preinstall Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Vista SP1.
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