One of the biggest problems with Windows, every version in fact is that there is a different installation DVD for each version.
Whether that's Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate that's nine different discs you need as each of these comes with a separate disc for the 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions of the operating system.
Yesterday I wrote on our sister website Windows7News about a tool called ei.cfg Removal Utility. This is an excellent tool for removing from a Windows ISO the file that locks it to a specific edition. By running this tool you can easily create a disc that will allow the installation of any edition. The downside with this is you still need separate installation DVDs for the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the OS.
So what do you do if you want just an installation DVD the contains every edition of Windows 7 in both x86 and x64 versions, is this even possible? The good news here is yes it is, though it's more complicated than just running a program. I'd like to thank fellow MVP Alexis Zhang for providing the instructions on how to do it.
It can take a bit of time but using this method you can create a single installer for every edition and version of Windows 7. This is especially for people who want to be able to run the installer from a USB Pen Drive (which I also wrote about about in my article yesterday).Advertisement
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