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imagex help? WIM?

I understand the basic concept of imagex and wim files. It's basically a capture of a file system, so it can be used on multiple hardware architectures.

The problem is, I have no idea how to utilize the WIM file.

I was given a WIM file, which was created by someone else on the IT staff offsite. It's suppose to be a Windows 7. I was wondering how does one utilize it to put the image on another machine?

Do I install windows 7 first, then put this image over it? Or does this image have windows 7? Again I'm quite new to this. Any step by step help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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netballiCommented:
Hi, Time for some education, here we go,

Imagex is a free image capturing tool provided by microsoft, assuming the image captured and turned in to WIM file was syspreped.

You just have to boot the machine with Preboot environment with Command prompt support and network support, you can either store the WIM image on the same CD with which you Boot the Destination Computer Using Windows PE or on a network share. Once you are in Win PE environment either map the network drive or if the WIM file is on the same CD just navigate to the location of imagex file and run the command. Assuming you do not know the commands, here is a fine site to help you with steps.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744531%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
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Pancake_EffectAuthor Commented:
Thanks! Knowing that I can do it form a network share helped a lot. Because I was running into issues with my file being more than 4gb on my fat32 USB that it forces me to use.

I actually ended up being able to create a image and share it out using the two below guides. Doing it via network share helped a lot.

Basically I just created the image and posted it on the share drive. I then created a bare Windows PE Bootable CD.

I popped into the machine I wanted the image on, and ran Windows PE.

Followed the instructions to format the HD

Mounted the folder (I made mine Y:) as a mapped drive (\\share\filename.wim) type in domain/username & pass when asked

Navigate to the CD drive (usually E:)

Type in: imagex /apply y:\filename.wim 1 c:

Restarted and it worked!


http://www.danscourses.com/Windows-7/how-to-create-a-wim-system-image-file-with-windowsaik-and-windowspe.html

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722406(v=ws.10).aspx
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