IE8 can now be slipstreamed into Vista and Window Server 2008 OS images. If you manage the desktop images for your organization, slipstream saves you time by simplifying the task of adding Internet Explorer 8 and any IE updates. If you’re adding Internet Explorer 7 to a Windows XP image you’ll typically install XP and then add IE7 before capturing the image -this can take 2 hours! With IE8 and Windows Vista, you are able to integrate IE8 into the image file of the original operating system in about 15 minutes. No more booting the OS image, manually installing IE and re-capturing the image. The slipstreaming support also extends to IE8 cumulative updates and language packages. Slipstreaming IE8 into an OS image will only be supported on Vista and Windows Server 2008 platforms. Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 do not currently offer a solution for slipstreaming Windows components, which are built using update.exe.
Here are the steps to create a Vista image with IE8 being the out of box browser by default. You can try this yourself with IE8 beta1.
1. Install Windows Automated Install Kit
The Windows Automated Install Kit (WAIK) is a tool available for Vista and Windows Server 2008 to manage and customize OS images. This is the tool you’ll be using to slipstream IE8. Download a version of WAIK that matches your local machine configuration (not the image you’ll be slipstreaming IE8 into).
Note: Using a WAIK x64 bit version for a Vista x86 image will not work. For more information, please refer to the WAIK Readme.
2. Create the Vista directory
Copy the Vista directory from the CD onto your local machine.
3. Create 3 temp folders: Mount, Pkg, Sandbox
You can name each folder whatever you want, however remember the purpose of each folder created.
For this example, I created:
Your final folder structure should look something like this:
4. Download IE8 Beta 1
Download IE8 Beta1 to your local machine from here. For this example, I saved the IE8 Beta1 exe in c:\Slipstreaming\IE8x86en