How to Install Software on Multiple Computers at the Same Time

Tracy King updated on Apr 03, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

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Preparation jobs
Tutorial: Install/deploy software on multiple computers at the same time
Plus Information

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.

Preparation jobs

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 which 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 software on system C drive and create a backup image

As a matter of a 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 software on the system C drive

Why would we suggest you install useful software on the system C drive? Here are the reasons:

  1. 1. Most software still needs to boot from system drive even if they are installed on other hard drive partitions.
  2. 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% free to create backup images of Windows OS and target software within 30 days by using this software.

1. Launch EaseUS Windows 10 backup software and then choose the "System Backup" option.

select system backup

2. The software will then automatically recognize your operating system. And what you need to do here is to perfect the Destination, Plan name, and Description.

select a destination to save your backup image

Note:

  • Destination - Click the folder icon to modify your backup destination.
  • Plan name and Description - An accurate plan name and appropriate description can help you find the needed image file easily.
  • You'd better create the backup file to an external storage device or in some other drives. If not, there may be a risk of the backup file getting corrupted or destroyed.

3. Click Proceed to start Windows 10 system backup.

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.

Tutorial: Full guide to install/deploy software on multiple computers at the same time

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.

Create group to install software on multiple computers simultaneously

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. 1. Click "Create" and then enter a task name and select the machines that you've added in step 1. And click "Next".

Create deployment task to install software on multiple computers simultaneously

  1. 2. Click Browse and select the location where you saved the software installation backup image, enter your username and password if necessary. 
  2. Choose the image and then click Save.

Browse to find saved software image.

Step 3. Deploy Windows OS and install software to computers at the same time

  1. 1. Choose the created task and click "Run" to execute the deployment task.

Start deploying software to multiple computers.

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.

Deploying software to multiple computers.

PLUS Information - Make the deployed Windows OS and software run on computers

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. 1. Restart PC and press "F2" or "F8" to enter BIOS.
  2. 2. Check out if your BIOS support PEX boot mode. Mostly, recent Windows OS all support this mode.
  3. 3. Set computer to boot from PEX in BIOS and then Windows OS and software image will be automatically restored to these computers.
  4. After the restore, you can just restart the computers, all favorable software will run smoothly on your PCs.
 
 

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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

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