Create Reduced Size, Automated Windows 8 Installation CD

Create Reduced Size, Automated Windows 8 Installation CD

Create Reduced Size, Automated Windows 8 Installation CD

If I ask you which of the two words: automatic and manual you prefer, I’m confident you’ll choose the first one. Humans love to automate our day-to-day tasks, especially those that are time-consuming and laborious when done manually.

Today, I’ll show you how to automate one of the most tedious tasks on your computer: installing Windows. Along the way, we’ll discuss how to eliminate unnecessary features from your Windows 8 installation, reducing its size.

WinReducer is freeware that allows you to create a customized Windows 8 installation CD or drive. It analyzes your Windows 8 files and removes unnecessary features based on your preferences, while also creating an automated installation disk. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.

Creating Windows 8 Auto Installation Disk

If you have an ISO image file of Windows 8 Professional, extract it to a folder on your computer using a tool like ZipGenius or by mounting the ISO to a virtual drive. Download and extract WinReducer contents to a folder and run the executable file for your Windows version. Open the folder containing your extracted Windows 8 ISO files when prompted. The tool will read the data and load the necessary information for configuration.

Step 5: The customization process is divided into three phases. In the first tab, called “Components Reducer,” you can reduce the size of your Windows 8 installation. Just select the files and applications you want to exclude, and proceed with caution.

Create Reduced Size, Automated Windows 8 Installation CD

Step 6: In the customization tab, set default wallpaper and lock screen background. In the unattended tab, provide your Windows 8 product key to automate the installation task. This step saves time and eliminates the need to sit in front of your computer during installation. There’s also an option to change the installation backdrop.

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Create Reduced Size, Automated Windows 8 Installation CDCreate Reduced Size, Automated Windows 8 Installation CD

After completing Step 6, the tool will begin configuring the custom Windows 8 installation files according to your chosen customizations. Once the process is complete and the tool prompts you to save the file, select the option “Save in WIM file and create a new ISO.”

Create Reduced Size, Automated Windows 8 Installation CD

Step 8: Burn this ISO to a DVD or make a bootable Windows 8 USB drive to install it on a computer. If you’re having trouble activating Windows 8, try using this trick.

Note: If you’re using a Windows 8 CD key to create an unattended Windows 8 installation disk, ensure it is used for a single computer.

Conclusion

Creating a custom Windows 8 unattended ISO with reduced installation size can be achieved using the following method. Did you find this trick helpful? Please share your thoughts.

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