Windows 7 WIM Deployment
Posted on 2013-01-29
Recently I have been researching deployment methods for Windows 7 in order to speed up our installs. To start with, this is what I have done so far...
- Set up a 'base' system. Installed Windows 7 Professional 64-bit with all Windows Updates, additional programs, runtimes etc. Ran Sysprep with oobe and generalize and shut down.
- Created a Windows PE disk with Imagex on. Booted this on the 'base' system and captured a WIM file.
- Obtained an ISO of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and extracted it with 7-zip. Removed the install.wim file from the sources folder and replaced it with my custom wim - also called install.wim
- Used ImgBurn to create a new iso (also tried using a bootable USB).
Booting from this all seems to go well at first.
- Copying Files
- Expanding files
- Installing features
- Completing installation
All of this completes, then it restarts the system. Upon restarting it gets to "setup is starting services" then throws the below error message.
"Windows could not finish installing the system. To attempt resume configuration, restart the computer."
Restarting the computer just re-creates the error again and again.
I'm stuck as to what is causing this error. Any ideas? Can you spot anything I have done incorrectly?