How to Install Software on Multiple Computers at the Same Time
Downloading and installing software on the PC is really an easy job for personal users. But for business users, things will become complicated.
Usually, as a business owner, you might need to install the same software on dozens or hundreds of new computers. It can take you hours or even days. Then you may ask if there is an easy way to manage the job, for example, to install software on multiple computers at the same time. Of course, yes.
Third-party deployment tool allows you to deploy software together with Windows OS on multiple computers. Compared to manually install software on multiple computers one by one, deploying software on multiple workstations in an enterprise is a time and effort saving process.
Download EaseUS Deploy Manager for help
You can find a large number of deployment tools if you search on Google. And, all of them are advertised to be able to install software on multiple computers at the same time.
Here we would like to recommend EaseUS Deploy Manager to you. It's an automated deployment tool that can be used to automatically initiating software with Windows OS images on targeted computers.
You can directly download and install this tool on the source computer now: Download EaseUS Deploy Manager.
Install the software on system C drive and create a backup image
As a matter of fact that no one can directly copy installed software and programs to other computers. However, EaseUS Deploy Manager can do this job. It can directly deploy the whole system with all installed software on the C drive to universal computers with ease.
Step 1. Install the software on the system C drive
Why would we suggest you install useful software on the system C drive? Here are the reasons:
- 1. Most software still needs to boot from system drive even if they are installed on other hard drive partitions.
- 2. EaseUS Deploy Manager will install the system C drive installed software to those PCs together with Windows OS.
Step 2. Create a backup image of Windows OS and installed software
Before deploying, you should first create a backup image of your Windows OS and those software that you want to install on multiple computers by using EaseUS Todo Backup:
It's 100% working to create backup images of Windows OS and target software by using this software.
Step 1. To backup only Windows 10 on your computer, please directly choose the option "OS" on the home screen.
Step 2. Now the new window pops up, where you can customize your own Windows 10 backup by choosing a backup location(HDD, USB hard disk, network drives, Cloud drives...), adding a plan name and text description to it.
Since it's about backing up OS, it's significant to turn on the "Schedule", where you can enable an automatic Windows 10 backup at a set time like daily, monthly...or upon an event, telling the Windows 10 backup to start when system startup, system shutdown, user logon or user log off.
Step 3. Once all the basic settings were made, click "Proceed". Wait for a while you will create a full Windows 10 backup to protect your system from unexpected disasters.
Note: To backup Windows 10 to an external storage device, you must ensure that the storage device has been correctly connected to your computer in advance. Click the "Browse" button in the "Destination" area, you can choose the connected hard disks as a backup location. Also, the software supports many more paths to save your Windows 10 backup, including the cloud devices of OneDrive, GoogleDrive and DropBox, and Network/NAS devices.
Notice: Please save the backup image of your Windows OS and useful software to a network shared location or drive.
Step 3. Set up the network connection and enable PXE server
Before you start the real deploying process, you still have some jobs to do:
1. Setup or gain a Microsoft DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server on your network.
2. Ensure all the computers which you want to deploy software to are under the same LAN.
3. Run EaseUS Deploy Manager on the source computer, click the "Enable PXE server" to enable PXE at the left corner.
You may want to know how to install Windows 10 on multiple computers, right? If you have completed the preparation jobs as listed above, you can refer to the tutorial steps here to start the deployment task on multiple computers now:
Step 1. Create computer/machine groups
This will help you add all the computers together to deploy and install software at the same time.
1. Launch EaseUS Deploy Manager and choose "Create group" and name the new group.
2. Or you can directly add computers by clicking Add machines > choose to add computers By file or By Mac address.
- By Mac address: you can directly input the computer's Mac address, Alias name into the group so to add machine for system deploying/installing.
- From file: this allows you directly import a file into the software to add computers. The TXT file contains the computers' information including Mac address and Alias with Space or Tab.
Step 2. Create deployment task for installing software and Windows OS on multiple PCs
- 1. Click "Create" and then enter a task name and select the machines that you've added in step 1. And click "Next".
- 2. Click Browse and select the location where you saved the software installation backup image, enter your username and password if necessary.
- Choose the image and then click Save.
Step 3. Deploy Windows OS and install software to computers at the same time
- 1. Choose the created task and click "Run" to execute the deployment task.
2. When the task is complete, you'll successfully deploy software package on several computers then. All you need is to be patient while the software is executing the task.
After the deployment, each staff of your company can follow below tips to make those software and Windows OS running on their computers without any problems:
- 1. Restart PC and press "F2" or "F8" to enter BIOS.
- 2. Check out if your BIOS support PEX boot mode. Mostly, recent Windows OS all support this mode.
- 3. Set computer to boot from PEX in BIOS and then Windows OS and software image will be automatically restored to these computers.
- After the restore, you can just restart the computers, all favorable software will run smoothly on your PCs.
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Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.
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