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Integrate EXEs in Win7?

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There's a few exe's I'd like to slipstream into windows, like MSE and Directx, is there any way to install it offline? You'd think Microsoft would have gotten this handled by now, but apparently not.

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The only way is to use an unattend to install the package. I'm not sure about DirectX, but MSSE has an "uninstall requirement" in order for it to be bundled into an OS. This is a licensing thing, and probably a good thing, since packages injected into the OS can't be uninstalled, which would be a big legal problem if a computer was sold with it included in that way. :rolleyes:

For DirectX, there may be an MSU available. For example, here is a DX11 MSU for Vista:


With some research you might be able to find one for Windows 7. :unsure:

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As MagicAndre1981 mentioned, you could use Audit Mode to customize the system accordingly. By allowing you to log into the system as Administrator, Audit Mode can significantly simplify the customization process. In order to customize the default profile in both Windows Vista and Windows 7 you will need to make your customizations in Audit Mode, and then run Sysprep with an answer file that has the copyprofile setting enabled. For example, you could install the applications you mentioned like Microsoft Security Essentials, DirectX, and any other applicable applications and then proceed with creating an image of the machine. In imaging and deployments, this is typically referred to as a referenced image.

There are a few different tools you could use for unattended installations. One method you might want to consider is the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). MDT allows you to create “universal images” as it allows you to easily add and / or remove drivers and applications to and from the deployment images. It is also compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2 so you would only have to learn one utility to learn ALL of your deployments. Should you need, MDT also offers you the ability to quickly and easily create bootable media (this will create a bootable disk into the Windows PE environment.) To create new bootable media that includes the wim files, drivers, applications and task sequences you would open your deployment share, go to Advanced Configuration, right click on the media folder and select ‘create media’ or ‘new media.’ Everything you select will then be packaged into an ISO. And, if you already have a USB device that is bootable, just take everything inside the “Content” folder and put it on the USB drive.

I hope this gets you pointed in the right direction. Feel free to ask if you have any additional questions on audit mode and unattended installations with included applications.


Windows Outreach Team – IT Pro

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