Sunday, October 25, 2009

Windows 7 Clean Install using Upgrade Media

Just a slightly different spin to the post by Paul Thurrott about performing a clean install of Windows 7 using “upgrade” media without having to install XP or Vista first.  This just wraps the steps inside a .BAT script.  Make sure you read Paul’s article first or you’ll be lost.  Be sure to run this from a CMD console that was launched via “Run as Administrator” or it won’t work…

@echo off
rem the following line between the divider lines should NOT wrap!
rem --------------------------------
REG ADD "HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/" /v MediaBootInstall /d 1 /t REG_DWORD /f
rem --------------------------------
echo Registry key value has been set.
slmgr /rearm
echo Activation skip-rearm has been set.
echo Press ENTER to reboot your computer now...
shutdown -r -f -t 2

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