Create WinPE boot disk with ImageX

To create a build of Windows 7 we need to capture Windows 7 image from the reference machine with required configurations. We can do this using MDT or SCCM but here I am going to demonstrate you how you can create WinPE image with ImageX and use it to capture Windows 7 image. Below are the steps to create WinPE image using WAIK tools.

1.       Install Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) on your technician machine

2.       Go to Start Menu -> All Programs -> Microsoft Windows AIK  and click on Deployment Tools command prompt
 

3.       First we will copy the contents on C drive winpe folder using below command.
copype.cmd x86 c:\winpe
It should give the success message with the files copied as shown below
 

4.       Now just review the directory.
c:\winpe> dir
 

5.       Here we have winpe.wim file we will copy this file under ISO folder and rename it as boot.wim
c:\winpe> copy c:\winpe\winpe.wim c:\winpe\ISO\Sources\boot.wim
 

6.       Now we will copy imagex (from WAIK tools) also under the ISO folder using below command
c:\winpe> copy “c:\program files\Windows AIK\Tools\x86\imagex.exe” c:\winpe\ISO

7.       Now run the command to create the winpe.iso for the ISO folder
c:\winpe> oscdimg.exe -n -bc:\winpe\etfsboot.com c:\winpe\ISO c:\winpe\winpe.iso
It will create the winpe.iso file as shown below at the specified destination
 

Now you can use this iso file to boot the reference machine with WinPE.
In the NEXT post we will show you how to capture the Windows 7 reference machine.

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