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I just downloaded a Windows 7 iso from MSDNAA at school and they gave me a personal key. I'd like to add a file with my key onto the disc, but it has to remain bootable.

Is there a really simple way to do this, or one that doesn't require some shareware?

I'm using XP right now, or any solution under ubuntu is fine.

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write the key with a felt-tip pen on the disk. – monkut Sep 18 '09 at 4:00
Problem is that the disk is in the drive when you need to type it in. Also with my bad writing I have trouble reading what I wrote on the disk. – Flame Sep 20 '09 at 17:37
up vote 5 down vote accepted

extract the ISO with 7-Zip, add your file then use vLite to create a new installation DVD.

of course you may use vLite and your license key to create an unattended installation disc (then you wouldn't need the key at all :)

note: for legal reasons, later versions of vLite come without the required WIM filter, which is part of WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit), WAIK is a free download but fairly big in size (993 MB).

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i assume you mean 993 MB? – Flame Sep 17 '09 at 23:42
you assume correctly, edited now :) – Molly7244 Sep 18 '09 at 0:09
I recommed using nlite instead as it has more options and no need to download additional files – admintech Sep 18 '09 at 8:52
except, nLite only works for 2k/xp, for Vista/7 you'll need vLite. :) – Molly7244 Sep 18 '09 at 9:46

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