How to install Vista WIM on ESXi

Posted on 2009-04-30
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06

I have just downloaded MS Vista Ultimate (full version) from the Microsoft Store. This comprises of the following three files: -

 " boot.wim
 " cdimage.exe
 " install.wim

What is the best way to do a clean install into a new VM on ESXi?

Question by:Whisky-Will
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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The Windows Imaging Format (WIM) is a file-based disk image format. It was developed by Microsoft to deploy its latest Windows operating system releases, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, which use it as part of their standard installation procedure. It works equally well with legacy versions of Windows however, and is used as part of Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs.

More Info - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Imaging_Format

Illustrative Guide to Create Bootable ISO Image from Vista .WIN Image Files - http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/12/23/illustrative-guide-to-create-bootable-iso-image-from-vista-win-image-files/

Author Comment

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Hi arunraju:
I had already found and followed the post you kindly provided but I get the following errors at the end of the process: -
1) Unable to create file "C:\Vista.iso" of 3121227776 bytes
2) Access is denied
I made the post to Experts Exchange because I couldn't believe that Microsoft could have made it this difficult and I must have been missed a far simpler way of accomplishing an install.
Any suggestions?
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vmwarun - Arun earned 2000 total points
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Is the partition to which you are extracting formatted with NTFS Partition type ?

Also, are you using Administrator credentials to extract the WIM ?

Which Operating System are you using to extract the WIM Image ?

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Arunraju: I needed to run as Admin - Doh! Thanks for your help.

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