How to Create and Deploy Windows 7 Images


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To capture an image of the Windows 7 operating system using Deployment Solution 6.9:

     1. Build the Windows 7 source machine from a CD.

     2. Once Windows 7 is installed and updated, install the DAgent client.

     3. Do not join the Windows 7 system to a domain at any time during this process.  The domain join can take place after the Distribute Disk Image task is run.

     4. With the DAgent communicating to the Deployment Server, create a new job and add a Create Disk Image task.

     5. Choose the Ghost imaging tool and make sure to set the automation environment to use WinPE 2.1. WinPE 2.1 is the only pre-boot operating system supported by Symantec for use with Windows 7 imaging.

     6. For the first image capture, it is recommended that you capture without using the Microsoft Sysprep utility since Sysprep can only be run three times on Windows 7 systems before it stops working.  Then if changes are required, they can be made before capturing a new base image.

     7. Once the base image is captured, you can then install any necessary applications and capture the image again.  For this second image capture task, it is important to enable the Microsoft sysprep utility in the Create Disk Image task.

          a. If you're imaging Windows 7 Professional, you'll need to use a valid volume license key.

          b. If you're imaging Windows 7 Enterprise, you'll need to choose the Use Existing Key option.

     8. With the image capture completed, you are ready to deploy the disk image.

To deploy a disk image of the Windows 7 operating system using Deployment Solution 6.9:

     1. Create a new job and add a Distribute Disk Image task.

     2. Make sure that the option to use Sysprep is enabled and the correct license key option is chosen (as described above).

     3. Check all three options under the Configuration section of the task:

          a. Automatically perform configuration task after completing this imaging task.

          b. Boot to production to complete configuration task.

          c. Use DeployAnywhere hardware independent imaging.

          d. Make sure to choose WinPE 2.1 as your automation OS.

This procedure will allow you to capture and deploy a disk image of the Windows 7 system.  If you'd like your destination machine to be part of a domain after imaging make sure that the machine exists in the Deployment Server as part of a domain prior to the image being deployed to it.


1. See Microsoft technical notes for limitations on running Sysprep more than three times on a Windows 7 system. (

2. Microsoft Windows 7, Vista and 2008 Server operating systems must use the DAgent Deployment Server agent and not the traditional AClient agent.