Using USB to store syspreped image and use it for recovery use.

Here are the rough steps:

Step 1 Create WinPE disk:

1. Install WAIK on a technical computer.

2. Right-click Windows PE Tools Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.

3. Type the following commands and press Enter.

Copype amd64 c:\winpe

Imagex /mountrw c:\winpe\winpe.wim 1 c:\winpe\mount

4. Copy imagex.exe from C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\amd64 to c:\winpe\mount\Windows\System32.

5. Type the following commands and press Enter.

Imagex.exe /unmount /commit c:\winpe\mount

Copy d:\winpe\winpe.wim c:\winpe\iso\sources\boot.wim /y

Oscdimg -n -h -bc:\winpe\ c:\winpe\iso c:\winpe\winpe.iso

6. Burn winpe.iso using Nero and you will get a WinPE with ImageX disk.

Step 2 Make an unattend installation file named sysprep.xml (or other name):

Copy sysprep.xml to the C:\windows\system32\sysprep folder on the reference computer.

Note: you can skip Step 2 if you do not use an unattend file.

Step 3 Sysprep

Type the following command and press Enter on the reference computer:

sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:sysprep.xml

Step 4 Capture and apply image

1. Restart the reference computer and boot into WinPE disk immediately.

2. Run the following command and press Enter:

imagex /capture /compress maximum /check c: d:\enterprise.wim “Enterprise”

3. Copy d:\enterprise.wim to a USB external drive or a network shared folder.

4. Then you can boot into the WinPE disk on the destination computer.

5. Run the following commands and press Enter:

format c: /fs:ntfs /q/y

imagex /apply e:\enterprise.wim 1 c:

wpeutil reboot

Note: e is the drive letter of the USB external drive or the network shared folder.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *