System builders and computer resellers take note. The Microsoft OEM Partner channel on YouTube can help you get up-to-speed fast on pre-installing various Microsoft Windows operating systems and related software applications on the systems that you assemble.
The OEM Partner YouTube Video Channel was launched in June 2010. Since that time, a variety of tutorials, walk-through demonstrations, video podcast recordings, and video blogs have been posted. Throughout these video titles, you’ll see references to the acronym OPK, which is short for OEM Preinstallation Kit.
The top 38 must-watch Microsoft OEM Partner videos on YouTube for system builders are broken down into seven categories:
Express Deployment Tool Videos (4)
Microsoft OEM Hardware Competency Podcast Series Videos (5)
Microsoft OEM Partner Video Blog Series Videos (5)
System Builder Basics Videos (10)
Windows 7 OPK Videos (7)
Windows 7 XP Mode Videos (3)
Other YouTube Videos on the Microsoft OEM Partner Channel (4)
Express Deployment Tool Videos
In this series of videos, Craig Hyde, a partner technology manager, introduces the Express Deployment Tool
Microsoft OEM Hardware Competency Podcast Series Videos
This series of videos are presented by Melissa Dismuke, Susan Pera, and Greg O’Connor from the Microsoft Partner Network. They cover the intersection of Microsoft OEM Partner system builder issues and Microsoft Partner Network requirements, programs, and benefits.
Microsoft OEM Partner Video Blog Series Videos
The Microsoft OEM Partner Video Blog Series is a series of short, information-packed video blogs (“vlogs”) with Jeremy Klein from the OEM Partner Center. Unlike most of the other videos on the Microsoft OEM Partner YouTube channel, this video blog series is not only in English, but also in English with subtitles in Arabic, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Dutch, French (native and Canadian), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
System Builder Basics Videos
This is a ten-part series on system builder basics with James Kahle, who’s been working with the OPK for ten years. Parts 1-7 walk through a full pre-installation with Office 2010 and hard-disk recovery. Parts 8-10 are more admin-oriented, covering image servicing, interpreting OPK logs, and deploying via a USB key.
Windows 7 OPK Videos
While it’s just coincidental that there are seven videos in this series of videos on the Windows 7 OPK, the video series introduces the steps necessary to build a customized Windows 7 image.
Windows 7 XP Mode Videos
This short series of videos introduces the backward compatibility in Windows 7 that allows for the installation of applications that worked successfully on Windows XP.
Other YouTube Videos on the Microsoft OEM Partner Channel
These videos, although useful, just didn’t seem to fit in any of the above categories.
Microsoft 2010 Office Story (Also see the related blog post on How Microsoft System Builders Can Add Office 2010 (Video Review.))
In this post, we’ve highlighted 38 videos on the Microsoft OEM Partner YouTube Channel that are of particular interest to system builders and computer resellers.
If you’re new to being a Microsoft system builder, spending a few hours going through these videos can be a great way to jump-start your training and get you up-to-speed on the technical side of being a Microsoft OEM Partner.
Which video series above have you found most helpful on the Microsoft OEM Partner YouTube channel? Is there anything that you think is missing or could be improved on? Where else do you get this kind of training? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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