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Capture and deploy an image on a dell venue pro 8 tablet

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Hi All,

 This may be a question to people who specifically have used a Dell Venue Pro 8 tablet.

 We have a Dell Venue Pro 8 tablet that runs windows 8.1, we have installed our own custom software onto the tablet and for ease of use, we wish to create an image that we can apply to other venue pro 8 tablets.

 The restrictions are:
 No network port, WLAN only (thus ruling out WDS)
 one port for charger/USB data transfer cable, the port on the tablet is the one used for android phone chargers (Micro USB I believe?)
 Port for an SD card
 In BIOS you only have "windows boot manager" as the single boot option

 I believe that if the tablet should ever become corrupt it has an inbuilt "repair" function, my thinking is that this must be a WIM, if I can find this WIM, would I be able to extract it, mount it, install my custom software/files and inject it back into the tablet?

 Can anyone think of any other way to achieve what I am looking for?

 Thanks,
 Sean
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My best guess, with these limited options is to first get the USB going, get a special cable so you can connect either a USB pen drive or a USB hard disk. Then get Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.5 (might be too expensive, but I see no other way), and follow the procedure: How to Create a WinPE Bootable Media with ADK (PE 4.0) for Windows 8 (https://kb.acronis.com/content/41723)
The reason a normal boot medium isn't going to work is that it's  linux based, and that has no EUFI support. After that you probably can get Acronis running, and make an image (store it on the same USB pen drive or hard disk).
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