deploy windows 8.1 capture to multiple machines using USB


We updated a windows 8.1 machine, added standard software, captured the image to C: using sysprep, and uploaded it to the wds in the process. What we have found though is that the network doesn't have the bandwidth to support imaging the machines in a timely manner (takes forever).

Our question: How do we take the existing capture from C: of the configured machine, add it to a USB drive and then use the usb to image the other 16 machines.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
did you enable multi-cast and does your network support multi-cast?  It should take about 20 minutes ... you could rename the capture.wim to install.wim and place it in the sources folder.
sio2yAuthor Commented:
Hi and thanks.

Yes multicast was enabled which slowed it down even more. It really is a a transmission issue on the network (20 min would be great... heck an hour would be worth it), we're not going to fight it.

At this point I've created and tested a bootable USB using ADK for windows 8.1. Instructions found here: 

There is already a captured sysprep image which we would like to know how to add that to the bootable usb for deployment.  

David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
if you want you can use dism and apply the .wim file or as I said copy the capture.wim and oversight the install.wim on your bootable usb

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sio2yAuthor Commented:
Great - i'll have access to the machine tomorrow morning but to clarify - I can just change capture.wim to install.wim and copy it to the sources folder and then deploy to the other machines - correct?

That sounds pretty easy and would be great.

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