Windows

How to create an all-in-one Windows 7 install disk

With the help of the WinAIO Maker Professional tool you can make a master copy of your Windows 7 disk that contains all the available editions.

You are probably tired of carrying around multiple editions of Microsoft Windows 7 when servicing PCs for your clients or users. Instead, make a master copy of your Windows 7 disk that contains all the editions you need. It's simple, really. All it takes is a quick tool download, a disk rip, a setup modification, and a save to a DVD or thumb drive.

Every Windows 7 install disk includes all the editions of the operating system, the editions not pertinent to the purchased copy are merely hidden from view. For that reason, one disk from any edition (Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate) will suffice for this procedure. However, if you want to combine x86 and x64 versions of Windows 7 together as well, you must have disks for both x86 and x64 versions of Windows 7 handy.

WinAIO Maker Professional

To begin, download the WinAIO Maker Professional tool. Extract the zip archive and launch the program accordingly. You will be presented with the following window (Figure A) as your main interface.

Figure A

This is the WinAIO Maker Professional main window.
Proceed by inserting your Windows 7 disk into your DVD-ROM drive, then click the DVDToISO button, select your ISO Export path as well as disk drive, and, finally, click the Start button (Figure B). Repeat this step if you wish to incorporate a second architecture, such as x86, into the all-in-one installer. Just be sure to give the resulting ISO another filename to differentiate it from the other rip.

Figure B

Select DVD to ISO.
Now we are going to extract the ISO contents to a separate directory in order to gain access to the install.wim file, which we need to modify (Figure C). Simply click the ISO2Folder button, select the newly created ISO and a destination directory for the extracted files, then click Extract. Once again, if you intend to incorporate an alternative architecture, repeat this process, only this time selecting a different folder for a destination.

Figure C

Extract to a folder destination.
With the ISO extracted, click the Select WIMs button in the main window, open the directory containing the ISO dump, open the Sources directory, and select the install.wim file. This will populate a list of Windows 7 editions for you to see (Figure D). If there are editions you do not wish to include on the all-in-one disk, select any image from the list and click the Delete Image button.

Once you are satisfied with everything, be sure to click the Save All Changes button at the top to begin processing your custom wim file. This might take a few minutes. After processing, select Yes when prompted to clean all *.cfg and *.clg files.

Figure D

Select the editions you wish to include on your all-in-one-disk.
Now for the grand finale, click the Save All into ISO button to begin generating the final product for burning to DVD (Figure E). Be sure to type in a name within the Label field and choose a destination for said ISO file. Once you click Make ISO, kick back and relax as the ISO file builds.

Upon completion, you can burn the ISO file to disk using Windows 7's image burner (or any other CD/DVD burning software if you are on XP or Vista operating systems).

Figure E

Burn to a DVD.

Alternatively, if you wish to create an all-in-one Windows 7 installer thumb drive, use the WinToUSB option instead from the main window. Have a freshly formatted USB drive plugged in and select it as well as the source folder for your custom all-in-one installer in order to proceed.

Figure F

Choose your Windows 7 edition.

Congratulations! You have simplified your future Windows 7 install experiences, and you will never have to carry around every edition and version on separate disks again.

Also read:

About

An avid technology writer and an IT guru, Matthew is here to help bring the best in software, hardware and the web to the collective consciousness of TechRepublic's readership. In addition to writing for TechRepublic, Matthew currently works as a Cus...

15 comments
shahidr100
shahidr100

Hello all,

First of all thanks to Matthews for such a good and informative post.


I have successfuly made AIO win ISO.

I tried win 32bit prof installation in virtual box and it went through flawlessly BUT when I install 64 bit version of any of the Windows i get error that unable to install as all necessary files could not be found. I made AIO iso again but no luck. Tried on a diffferent computer but no luck. Enabled Virtualization but no luck. Tried on 32 bit and 64 bit system but still no go.

I then thought of installing the 64 bit win 7 prof / utlimate directly without merging as AIO and guess what installation succeeded.

What am I doing wrong? Please help.

kunalkakkad
kunalkakkad

Hey it is gr8 tutorial to merge more than one OS together but whether it is possible separate the different iso containing in single iso?? if yes the how????

Mojtaba0
Mojtaba0

Hi I Have two ISO File :1win7UltimateX64 , 2:win7UltimateX86 How Can I Make An ISO File That Contain Both of them???

salmanbinnasir
salmanbinnasir

Hello Can someone please help. In the WinAIOMaker. Everything goes ok, But when I use WinToUSB and select the custom ISO folder it states "Invalid Folder" Please let me know how I can put all those Wims on the USB????

Seotop
Seotop

very useful app. I use it for the last 2 years and recommending to you...

SmartAceW0LF
SmartAceW0LF

this application leaves out a couple of important considerations. Just little things to some I reckon. Things like the varying product keys necessary for Retail, VLK, OEM versions, etc. All of which are vital to most techs.

pslat
pslat

Has anyone told Comet about this yet?

birdmaniw
birdmaniw

There is a far easier way to do this. Make an iso image of your install disk. Use something like Winrar to open this Iso file. Find and delete the file ei.cfg. Save the results back as an iso file. Burn to disk. Now you can install which version you want so long as you have a valid key for that version.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Have you consolidated the various Windows 7 editions into a single installation disk? What did you use to accomplish this task?

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Try reposting this in the 'Q&A' forum. The 'Discussion' forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution. The 'Water Cooler' is for non-technical discussions. You can submit a question to 'Q&A' here: http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/questions/post?tag=mantle_skin;content There are TR members who specifically seek out problems in need of a solution. Although there is some overlap between the forums, you'll find more of those members in 'Q&A' than in 'Discussions' or 'Water Cooler'. Be sure to use the voting buttons to provide your feedback. Voting a '+' does not necessarily mean that a given response contained the complete solution to your problem, but that it served to guide you toward it. This is intended to serve as an aid to those who may in the future have a problem similar to yours. If they have a ready source of reference available, perhaps won't need to repeat questions previously asked and answered. If a post did contain the solution to your problem, you can also close the question by marking the helpful post as "The Answer". . [b]But as far as I know what you are asking is not possible. the 32 & 64 Bit OS are completely different and parts from one are not interchangeable with the other.[/b] Col

Matt Nawrocki
Matt Nawrocki

This tool is not designed for that specifically. vLite (for Vista) and 7Customizer (for 7) incorporate functionality designed more for hands free installations, including bundling VLK keys and special customizations.

Gisabun
Gisabun

I think Comet's issue was with Win XP and Vista. OEM manufacturers wouldn't want to give out a copy of Vista with 4 editions on it when they are entitled to one.

Matt Nawrocki
Matt Nawrocki

Yes and no. If you want to do fancier things such as integrating both x86 and x64 builds of Windows 7... your proposed hack isn't going to be sufficient for that task. Not to mention, this tool offers some other nifty tricks, such as exporting the setup to USB among other things. Keep in mind that this tool doesn't simply delete a file and call it a day. It actually goes beyond that and edits the setup.wim file to exactly your specifications. For instance, you might not want all the available editions showing up, but only two.

Gisabun
Gisabun

This "fix" has been around for a while. I guess some developers are dumb. You have to wonder why they put the "professional" in the title when it's free. Everything else can be done by other utilities that most IT people already have. Seems the author likes "Pro". Half of his software has it in the title. Most of the software has readily available software elsewhere that does the same.