University of Iowa

Operating System Install CD Instructions

WARNING:  This process will destroy all data on the hard drive.  Make sure you have all of your important files backed up to another source (DVD, network, another computer,etc.) before you begin the procedure.

NOTE:  This process is intended for on-campus workstations only.  A network connection is required.

  1.  Download the Operating System Install .iso file from the helpdesk web site and burn it to a CD or DVD using your preferred burning software, e.g. Nero, Roxio, etc. .  If you need assistance with this step visit the following link:  How to Write ISO files to CD
  2. Put the newly burned CD into the CD drive of the computer you would like to install the operating system on, reboot the computer, and boot to the CD.  On most Dell systems you can press F12 at the initial Dell boot up screen to go to the boot menu, then choose CD/DVD from the list to boot to the CD. 
  3. When you see “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD…” press any key on the keyboard to boot to the CD.
  4. Wait for Windows PE to load.
  5. At the Welcome screen click Run the Deployment Wizard to install a new Operating System.
    Welcome screen. Run the Deployment Wizard to install a new Operation System selected.

6.   At the User credentials screen, enter your HawkID, password, and domain.  Click OKNOTE:  If you are unable to login at this screen or the process does not continue past this point, please contact and verify that you are a member of the access group that is allowed to use the U of I OS Install CD.

User Credentials window. Enter hawkid, password, and domain.

7.   At the Task Sequence screen, select the Operating System you wish to install and click Next.

Task Sequence tab highlighted. Select the operating system you wish to install and click Next.

8.   At the Computer Details screen, enter what you would like the computer name to be.  If you want the machine to join the IOWA domain, accept the defaults and click Next.  If you want to join a workgroup, click the Join workgroup radio button, specify the name of the workgroup, and click Next.

Computer details tab highlighted. Join a domain bubble filled in.

9. On the applications screen, check the boxes for all of the applications you would like to install and click Next.  Note:  Some of the applications in the list are platform specific (e.g.  Adobe CC Products) – make sure you pick the appropriate one for the OS you are installing.

Applications tab highlighted.

10.  On the Administrator password screen, enter what you would like to be the password for the local Administrator account, enter it again in the confirm box, and click Next.

Administrator Password tab. Enter Administrator account password and confirm it.

11.  At the Ready to Begin screen, click Begin.


Ready tab highlighted. Click Begin.

12. That’s it!! The process will begin and will take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the speed of the computer, the speed of your network connection, and the options that were chosen earlier in the process.  Note:  The computer  will reboot several times during the process.  Do not power off the machine or reboot manually while it is in progress.  When you see the Deployment Summary screen the installation is complete.  Please contact the Help Desk for any questions or problems with the installation.

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August 16, 2017