Windows 7 image capture & deploy method

Zeeshan AfzalSystem Engineer - Microsoft Technologies
Image capture and Deploy method is consist on two phases.
In our first phase we capture the image of windows from the PC in which Windows and others softwares are already installed.
In second phase we deploy the created image on new PC in which we have to install Windows.

1. WinPE CD

WinPE is part of the Windows Automated Installation Kit and available from Microsoft : and best to read the "readme" with comments at :

Or, you can download the WinPE iso from this link the burn this on a CD:


To take image of Windows 7 boot your PC with WinPE cd then follow below steps:

Step 1: Image CAPTURE Command

To make image of Windows 7 run the below mentioned commands

G:\imagex.exe /capture C: D:\Win7_64pro.wim "My Win7 Install" /compress fast /verify
**where G:\ is your CD ROM drive, C:\ is windows Partition & D:\ is destination drive**

To deploy image on a bare metal hard drive first boot your PC with WinPE CD then set IP if the image is on file server

Step 1: Set IP On Interface

For Static IP
netsh interface ip set address "Local Area Connection" static 1


To switch the specified adapter from a static address to DHCP, type the following command:

If u have dhcp server running then use this command
netsh interface ip set address "Local Area Connection" dhcp

Step 2: MAP Shared Folder (if image is on file server )

Now MAP netwirk share folder so that it can be available as local drive to your system
net use Z:  \\\software

use the above command & then type username & password if required

Step 3: Create Partition

Now create partition if installing on a bare metal harddrive


select disk 0


create partition primary size=51200   *for 50 GB prtition*

select partition 1

format quick fs=ntfs label="System"

list volume

select volume 1

assign letter=C


Step 4: Image APPLY Command

imagex /apply Z:\Software\Win7_64pro.wim 1 C:\

Step 5: After apply image run this command

C:\windows\system32\bcdboo t c:\windows
Zeeshan AfzalSystem Engineer - Microsoft Technologies

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