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If I understand correctly, the Windows 7 installer engine's Windows Imaging Format is partially designed to make it easy to do deployment to multiple computers using an image. I have a scenario where I would like to deploy Windows 7 onto 5 identical computers and was wondering if this might be a better option than, say, Ghost since it is built into Windows 7.

Here's what I have at my disposal:

  1. 5 identical HP desktops with OEM Windows Home Premium license keys.

  2. A Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit retail disc that I converted to allow me to select editions, so that I could select Home Premium and not just Ultimate.

  3. 5 brand new Microsoft Office Standard license keys via Microsoft Open Licensing.

Can I somehow (relatively easily) do a custom image using the WIM tools to install Windows 7 (with the latest updates), Microsoft Office, Microsoft Security Essentials and, perhaps, a few other tools such as Firefox?

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Yes, You should be using the images. – Ramhound Nov 24 '12 at 19:19
Do you know of a good tutorial? – Timothy R. Butler Nov 24 '12 at 21:14

I found a step by step tutorial on how to create an image including helpful screenshots along the way:

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