Building a Standard Image of Windows 7: Step-by-Step Guide

Building standard Image of Windows 7 is same as installing the Windows® 7 operating system from the DVD media, but it uses an operating system image that includes customizations and applications as we wanted to customized as per our organization requirement. This process takes a bit more time to set up but can save you time in the end while deploying the Image to mass.The guidance in section is designed specifically for small and medium business that may not have prior experience with Windows deployment or do not have enterprise deployment infrastructure.

Also see the following related documents:

Automated Installation to Upgrade to Windows 7: Step-by-Step Guide

Upgrading to Windows 7 with a Standard Image: Overview

Manual Installation of Windows 7: Overview

Automated Installation of Windows 7: Overview

Upgrading to Windows 7 for Small and Midsized Businesses

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Windows 7- HomeGroup from start to finish…

A homegroup is a group of computers on a home network that can share files and printers. It is the feature introduced on Windows 7 onwards keeping the home users in mind. Using a homegroup makes sharing easier. You can share pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers with other people in your homegroup. Other people can’t change the files that you share unless you give them permission to do so. You can help protect your homegroup with a password, which you can change at any time. In a simpler way we can say it is a home networking of group of computers present at home.

When you set up a computer with this version of Windows, a homegroup is created automatically. If a homegroup already exists on your home network, you can join it.

After you create or join a homegroup, you select the libraries that you want to share. You can prevent specific files or folders from being shared, and you can share additional libraries later.

Computers must be running Windows 7 to participate in a homegroup. HomeGroup is available in all editions of Windows 7.
Note:In Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic, you can join a homegroup, but you can’t create one.

Step 1. Create a homegroup
Open HomeGroup by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, typing homegroup in the search box, and then clicking HomeGroup.
On the Share with other home computers running Windows 7 page, click Create a homegroup, and then follow the instructions.

Step 2. Add your other computers to the homegroup
After someone on your home network creates a homegroup, the next step is to join it. You’ll need the homegroup password, which you can get from the person who created the homegroup.
Open HomeGroup by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, typing homegroup in the search box, and then clicking HomeGroup.
Click Join now, and then complete the wizard.

Step 3. Access homegroup files
Computers that belong to your homegroup will appear in Windows Explorer.
To access files or folders on other homegroup computers
1. Click the Start button , and then click your user name.
2. In the navigation pane (the left pane), under Homegroup, click the user account name of the person whose files you want to access.
3. In the file list, double-click the library you want to access, and then double-click the file or folder you want.

Step 4. Control which files or folders are shared with your homegroup
When you created or joined your homegroup, you selected the libraries you wanted to share with other people in the homegroup. Libraries are initially shared with Read access, which means that you can look at or listen to what’s in the library, but you can’t make changes to the files in it. You can adjust the level of access later, and you can exclude specific files and folders from sharing.

Step 5: Share printers
Printers that are connected with a USB cable can be shared with a homegroup. After the printer is shared, you can access it through the Print dialog box in any program, just like a printer that’s directly connected to your computer.

To share your printer with the homegroup
1. Open HomeGroup by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, typing homegroup in the search box, and then clicking HomeGroup.
2. Click Install printer.
3. Select the Printers check box, and then click Save changes.

To automatically connect to a homegroup printer
-Click the Windows found a homegroup printer message that appears.
To manually connect to a homegroup printer
1. On the computer the printer is physically connected to, click the Start button , click Control Panel, type homegroup in the search box, and then click HomeGroup.
2. Make sure the Printers check box is selected.
3. Go to the computer you want to print from.
4. Open HomeGroup by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, typing homegroup in the search box, and then clicking HomeGroup.
5. Click Install printer.
6. If you don’t already have a driver installed for the printer, click Install driver in the dialog box that appears.

Check here for MS official guide along with video…

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Microsoft Launches – MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy)

Microsoft is launched a new learning experience for you called MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy) with the objective of helping you to build the necessary skills to grow in your IT role and career with Microsoft Cloud technologies.

This Microsoft Virtual Academy will help you improve your IT skill set and thus advance your career with a free, easy to access training portal that allows you to learn at your own pace, focusing on Microsoft technologies. Earn points, each completed trainings and get recognized by the community by moving up the ladder into a Bronze, Silver or Platinum membership.

 In MVA, you will find the following resources learning content such as:

  • Whitepapers
  • Webcasts
  • Training Videos
  • Forums
  • Access to community experts
  • Statistics of your performance and professional progress
  • Level of knowledge within the career selected.

When subscribing to MVA, you will become an active member and according to your progress you will receive additional benefits such as Certification Vouchers discounts, Coupons for training centers, preferred access to Microsoft events and much more other benefits….

 Register now! Visit this site and follow the registration process.

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Internet Explorer 9 Product Guide and Group Policy Reference…

Windows Internet Explorer 9 (abbreviated as IE9) is the new version of the Internet Explorer web browser from Microsoft. It was released to the public on March 14, 2011.
System requirements for IE9:
Windows 7
Windows Server 2008 R2,
Windows Server 2008 (with Service Pack 2(SP2)
Windows Vista,
Windows Server 2008
Note: Both 32-bit, 64-bit builds are supported and Windows XP is not supported.
Overview for IT Professionals:
Internet Explorer 9 can also help IT pros standardize on the only web browser that provides nearly 1,500 Group Policy settings to help streamline desktop management and support. IT pros can have trouble gaining user acceptance for a web browser that end users do not like. Internet Explorer 9 can help alleviate this issue. The browser includes features that end users have specifically requested, such as tear-off tabs, the Download Manager, and better integration with the Windows 7 taskbar. Internet Explorer 9 is also considerably faster than Internet Explorer 8. End users who enjoy Internet Explorer 9 can drive adoption, helping you to reduce management and support costs by standardizing the desktop. Click here to read more.
FAQ for IT Professionals:
Find information about new features in Internet Explorer 9 that are important to IT Professionals. Click here for checking out for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Internet Explorer 9 Product Guide:
This product guide outlines new features in Internet Explorer 9, highlights the top features, and provides additional information on features specific for end users, developers, and IT professionals. Read on to learn more about how Internet Explorer 9 unlocks the Beauty of the Web. IT Professionals and IE9 enthusiast’s download product guide here.
Group Policy Settings Reference Windows IE9:
The policy settings included in this spreadsheet cover Internet Explorer 5, Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9. These files are used to expose policy settings when you edit Group Policy objects (GPOs) using Group Policy Object Editor (also known as GPEdit). Download the reference spreadsheet here.
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