imaging Windows xp with a WDS server

Posted on 2012-08-31
Last Modified: 2012-09-01
I recently built a WDS server and it has made my life easier deploying Windows 7 64 bit workstations. Today I took one of are older PCs and build loaded it with XP and installed all out basic apps on it. I went to capture the image and got an error after selecting CAPTURE, during the PXE boot. I was wondering it if is because I have a 64bit boot.wim that I got off of our 2008r2 DVD, but I do not see boot.wim or install.wim or even a support directory on the XP DVD. Is there something I need to download onto my XP image to make this happen? How can I Image my XP workstation?
Question by:Thor2923
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    You need to take the boot.wim and install.wim from a vista DVD. Windows XP doesn't have them.

    Here you find a tutorial how what you need to do exactly. I've used it already with Win serv 2008.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Would help to know what error you got.  You should be able to capture XP with either a 64 bit or 32 bit capture image.  I believe you can only deploy with a 32 bit boot image.

    And you DID sysprep the XP machine with the SP3 version of Sysprep (assuming - and why wouldn't you be - you were using an SP3 version of XP, at least post SP application).
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    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    you did install the material from the tools directory of the sp3 cd?

    windows xp tools
    And run sysprep..

    Do you have an appropriate capture profile?
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    yes I went thru the instructions and clicked DEPLOY and copied necessary files into a sysprep folder I created for the sysprep. I think the sysprep worked properly because the PC no longer boots up to the XP login screen I would normally expect. I do not want to try to log in because I do not want to undo the SYSPREP. I have made this mistake before and used up all my sysprep attempts. I will look for a vista dvd and if that does not work, I will post the exact error. I do not remember exactly, but will recreate if needed
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    Well, I got a VISTA DVD and used the boot.wim to create CAPTURE IMAGE XP on my WDS server. I booted up the XP machine I want to capture and selected CAPTURE IMAGE XP. The PXE boot started and things started to look fine, then the message I got before appeared.

    "Windows Failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

    1.Insert your Windows Installation disc and restart your computer.
    2. Choose your language setting, and then click "Next."
    3. Click "repair your computer"."

    If you do not have this disc, contact your system adminstrator or computer manufacturer for assistance

    status: 0xc000000f

    Info: A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.

    I am assuming I did the sysprep wrong, I will go back and check my other options. I have never syspreped by using the DEPLOY.exe and making a sysprep folder before. I was confused on a couple of the options. I will see what I can find, but if anyone sees and obvious problem, please let me know

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    Author Comment

    well, I ran the did the sysprep again, this time by entering sysprep /quiet and selecting RESEAL when prompted and did not check anything else. This time the computer shut down and upon boot up I was able to hit capture image and build my image. Not sure what happened the first time, but seems the issue is resolved

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