Windows Imaging Format files used in installing Windows Vista/Server 2008 and newer

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WIM master image with a user session in OOBE

Is it normal (no deployment problems like: drivers compatibility...) to capture a Master image from a computer with a user session created (bypassed OOBE) and use it for later deployments on other PCs ...
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VM Machine can't boot from WDS using VMware

I have problem with WDS service in windows server 2012 R2 using Vmware workstation , my setting until now are : the DHCP Role installed and properly working and 60PXEClient option is enabled, and i ...
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Is it possible to produce a pre-patched Win7 WIM image using MDT deployment Workbench only?

Is it possible to produce a pre-patched Win7 WIM image using MDT deployment Workbench only? Presently, I'm using dism command line tool in order to pre-patch the WIM images with the downloaded ...
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set custom refresh wim as default - windows 8.1

I have an custom refresh wim file that is located on a different (recovery)partition (R:) how can you link it to the refresh button in windows 8.1 ? i tried : recimg /setcurrent R:\Refresh ...
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DISM fails with 'There is not enough space on the disk.' while capturing an image

I use DISM to capture images and store them on a network disk. I use a standard 32bit WinPE 4.0 environment to capture them. My current path was set to i:\images and I executed the following command: ...
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Difference between base.wim and boot.wim

Hi I'm trying to build a recovery ISO so i can expand it to a different computer, however I have 2 .wim files base.wim and boot.wim base.wim is 10 gigs while boot.wim is only 146 MB. I've tring ...
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How can I install Windows 7 using WinPE?

I made a Bootable Windows PE RAM Disk on a USB Flash Disk by following the instructions in Walkthrough: Create a Bootable Windows PE RAM Disk on a USB Flash Disk. Now, I want to install a new Windows ...
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restoring wim files from external drive to hard drive on computer

how do I restore wim files to my hard drive? I saved filed after computer crashed, to an external drive. Now I need to restore those files to my hard drive. Thanks
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Why does my VM hang on “Windows is loading files…” during a sysprep and capture task sequence?

My nice, well crafted reference machine will not boot at all! I'm trying to run a sysprep and capture task sequence (MDT 2010 and WDS off server 2012). I ran litetouch.vbs off the deployment share ...
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Can I use a “refurbished” Windows license key with OEM media?

According to this question, it is legal to use a Windows 7 OEM license that is presently installed as a 32-bit install with a 64-bit version of Windows 7. With that in mind, I purchased several ...
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Windows Installer and Custom Images

If I understand correctly, the Windows 7 installer engine's Windows Imaging Format is partially designed to make it easy to do deployment to multiple computers using an image. I have a scenario where ...
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System Reserved Partition has Drive Letter After Applying a WIM Image with ImageX

I have installed Windows Vista on a computer using ImageX from WinPE. I followed the instructions here for partitioning the hard drive, creating a 300 MB system partition and using the rest of the ...
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Can WIM Images be used to perform an upgrade install?

As far as I can tell WinPE can only be used to perform a clean install using a WIM image. However, I can't seem to find any definite information that says I can't perform a upgrade installation. Can ...
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Booting Windows7 kernel from an initrd/wim image file

I'm wondering if it's possibile to have Win7 kernel and relative drivers (especially storage drivers) to boot from an initrd-like image file (maybe .wim?) and later then mount the windows root ...
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How to boot an WIM image?

Is it possible to boot from a Windows WIM image or is that not possible? What's the difference between ISO and WIM?
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Can not install .Wim onto a Dell using Windows PE

I have created a .WIM file of a HP Laptop with all drivers, software etc installed using WAIK, I have created a new VM using Oracle VM Box and deployed the image onto this Virtual Machine, this all ...
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Do WIM disk images and VMware/VirtualBox/Parallels play well together? If so, how?

I want to create a WIM image and use VMware to manipulate it. Is this doable? Another option that has been offered is to install a fresh system on a virtual machine, set up the VM the way I want it, ...
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Modifying MBR entries after implementing Windows 7 image

I have a computer whose hard disk I recently formatted. As soon as I implement a .wim image in the computer using the WindowsPE disc with imagex utility, two entries are shown in the mbr menu: one for ...
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How can I restore my system from WIM files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I restore my system from WIM files? How can I restore my system from WIM files? base.WIM file is located at my 4th partation of my harddisk.
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How can I restore my system from WIM files?

I installed another OS on my netbook and decided I want to revert back to Windows 7 Starter. I was careful to keep the recovery partition, but even when I manage to boot to it, the system just ...
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How can I burn a WIM image to DVD or to convert it to ISO?

I need to run System Recovery in Vista, but its boot loader is destroyed. The only way to run System Recovery seems to be to burn a temporary DVD from the base.wim and boot.wim taken from Vista's ...
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Is it possible/How to boot an XP VHD in Windows 7

In windows 7 it is pretty simple to boot directly to a VHD, given that it also contains (or you are going to install) Windows 7 (or Vista/Server 2008). This installation is made possible I believe by ...