Dell Latitude e5430In the previous Setup for Dell Latitude E5430 post, we did most of the legwork to create a boot ready flash drive with all the needed add-on software needed to create a clean image of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. We now shutdown our machine and insert the flash drive into one of the USB ports on the laptop. If you are using the RecoveryTools 4, the Windows installation will be mostly automated. If you are not using Recovery Tools 4, then you will need to install Windows normally. I will cover both methods.

WINDOWS 7 Begins…

The computer will come up to a text only screen asking you to start from the Windows EMS option. Then a Windows screen will appear asking you to choose a language. The next dialog will ask you to choose which version of Windows 7 you want to install. The choice is Windows 7 Professional. At this point if you are using Recovery Tools 4, the process is automated and you will need to wait for Windows to install itself. If you are not using Recovery Tools, then this is a normal Windows 7 installation and you should install Windows normally and skip to the next section.

The machine will reboot and come up in Windows Audit Mode. The Sysprep dialog box will appear on the screen. Always close this box by using the X in the upper right corner of the dialog. You will need to do this every time you restart the machine. Do not click any options in the Sysprep dialog.

Part 1: Install Add-on Drivers and Microsoft Patches

From the flash drive copy the DELL folder to the desktop and begin installing the add-on software. You may remove the flash drive at this point. Here is the suggested order of installations:

  • Intel Chipset Drivers: Chipset_Driver_CPNKY_WN32_9.3.0.1019_A00
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2 (Offline Installer)
  • Restart Windows
  • Intel Management Engine 9: Chipset_Driver_GJVHD_WN_9.5.15.1730_A02
  • Restart Windows
  • Intel USB 3: Chipset_Driver_THK45_WN_1.0.8.251_A05
  • Intel 4000 Graphics Driver: Video_Driver_DCG08_WN32_10.18.10.4425_A18
  • Restart Windows
  • HD Audio: 3330_Audio_Driver_C6HVR_WN_1.0.6491.0_A08
  • Ethernet Network Card: Broadcom 57xx Network_Driver_PGHX7_WN32_17.0.2_A00 (maybe different depending on your machine)
  • Wireless Network Card: Dell 1530 Network_Driver_5RHDN_WN_6.30.223.215_A02 (maybe different depending on your machine)
  • Restart Windows
  • Memory Card Reader: Chipset_Driver_D7TG2_WN_3.0.07.44_A04
  • Freefall Sensor: Chipset_Driver_V6681_WN_4.10.0046_A06
  • Dell Multi-touch Touchpad: Input_Driver_YXX3D_WN32_10.1207.101.109_A03
  • Restart Windows
  • Intel Rapid Technology E Drivers version
  • Restart Windows (Windows will restart again on its own in order to install the Intel drivers)

The rest of the installation will require internet connectivity.

With no more updates to download or install, you may install any third party software that you want. Examples are web browsers like Chrome or Firefox.

Restart one last time to make sure everything is good.

Part 2: RecoveryTools 4 Factory Image Creation

If you did not use RecoveryTools 4, skip to the next section. At this point we are going to use RecoveryTools 4 to create a factory image for us. Reinsert the flash drive and follow the RecoveryTools 4 instructions for Windows 7. For our configuration we used GPT.

From “\Windows 7\Windows 7 Recovery Tools\Settings – Examples\“, copy all files to “\Windows 7\Windows 7 Recovery Tools\Settings”

  • must match the one used to install Windows on the computer, if the partition number mismatch you will have to restart from the beginning!

Execute the Update_Settings.cmd script from “\Windows 7\Windows 7 Recovery Tools”.

Copy the “Installer” folder on the desktop.

Remove all USB drives.

From the copied “Installer” folder, execute the “Install – Windows 7.cmd” script.

Sysprep will be executed, the computer will reboot to capture the recovery image and then shutdown.

The image process will take around 20 minutes to complete and at the end of the process, Windows will boot up and ask you for personal information and the normal Windows Activation Key. This key is found under the battery of the laptop. I would recommend taking a picture with a smartphone so you can have it when you need to enter it. You might have to also use the Telephone Activation process, in case Microsoft wants further details about your installation.

We now have a clean image of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed on our Dell e5430 laptop!

Part 3: Final Touches

Some people like to have the Dell logo and information in System Properties. This can be added by downloading the following zip file. Inside the OEM folder will need to be copied to c:\windows\system32 and the reg file will need to be opened to modify the registry with the information:

Dell Logo and Support Info

You might want to change your desktop or the way Windows looks. Perhaps add other software you normally will want to use. Once you have all that, restart one last time.

Part 4: System Backup

For the final process, it is a good idea to make a backup image. All that is required is an external USB connected drive. The drive must be at least 50GB or more. Just connect the drive and go to Control Panel – Backup and Restore – Create a system image option. This will allow you to go ahead and have a backup image of your computer on an external drive. You may then use this to restore whenever you want to. If you used RecoveryTools 4, this allows you to backup all the work you did.

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