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Create install.wim via reverse integration?
Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:33 AM
Posted 23 March 2011 - 11:08 AM
Now what I do is instead of using vmware or installing on a second partition I install to a VHD (only works with Win7 Ultimate,) then when I am finished I can boot into my primary OS and mount/capture it
My advice, if you can install it offline dont install it during sysprep (IE9, updates & drivers) and you are worried about programs being updated making your image obsolete...thats why I install only official Microsoft stuff leaving the other programs for post install to be installed via WPI
Edited by ricktendo64, 23 March 2011 - 11:10 AM.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 01:15 PM
Posted 23 March 2011 - 01:28 PM
Edited by myselfidem, 23 March 2011 - 01:33 PM.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 02:55 PM
Posted 23 March 2011 - 06:42 PM
Thanks for your help. Enjoy, John.
My advice, if you can install it offline dont install it during sysprep
Posted 23 March 2011 - 10:41 PM
Edited by ricktendo64, 23 March 2011 - 10:44 PM.
Posted 27 March 2011 - 03:12 PM
EDIT: When I selected the VHD for my install on VM, Setup told me that Windows could not be installed on the partition because the BIOS might not be able to boot from it. I clicked Next anyway and it went just fine. It seems I remember some questions in the past when I first worked with W7 that some older MBs (BIOSs) could not boot into Audit Mode. Is this a possible problem if I try this on my HW? Might I have trouble installing on a VHD on my HW?
Edited by johnhc, 27 March 2011 - 03:27 PM.
Posted 27 March 2011 - 04:18 PM
Only reason I am using VMware in the videos is as an example, I actually create a 20 GB vhd (instead of partitioning my hdd) and install Win7 on that, when I am done I remove it from the boot manager, mount & finally capture/delete it
Edited by ricktendo64, 27 March 2011 - 04:20 PM.
Posted 27 March 2011 - 05:21 PM
Posted 27 March 2011 - 05:56 PM
Edited by ricktendo64, 27 March 2011 - 05:56 PM.
Posted 27 March 2011 - 07:18 PM
Posted 28 March 2011 - 11:14 AM
BTW you could create a txt with the diskpart commands to create your virtual hd
diskpart /s <path>\<name_of_file>.txt
create vdisk file=c:\<name_of_disk>.vhd maximum=20480 select vdisk file=c:\<name_of_disk>.vhd attach vdisk exit
Edited by ricktendo64, 28 March 2011 - 11:16 AM.
Posted 28 March 2011 - 02:57 PM
Posted 28 March 2011 - 07:22 PM
Actually I am little skeptical using this VDH method, I have 5 partitions (C to G), and 1 DVD drive (H) and 1 Virtual ROM (J) drive created by ultraISO, now if I create a VHD what letter would it take for VHD as I don't want my drive to formated accidentally. Can you please help me out?
Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:37 PM
If you dont want to accidentally format your C:\ drive you could probably label your VHD with diskpart, try this
create vdisk file=c:\<name_of_disk>.vhd maximum=20480 label=<your_label>
REMEMBER! this only works with ultimate
As for the driver letters, whatever drive you boot into will be the C:\ drive, the others will vary
Edited by ricktendo64, 28 March 2011 - 08:38 PM.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:09 PM
nice_guy75, as you can see in the screen shot, I am able to have the VHD on the F: disk and have also used the E: disk. What disk I install on is determined by the fact that on my HW, XP was already installed (on C:), so W7 went to the F: partition. I have kept it this way and mimic my HW on VM by using the Unattended.xml file to partition my VM drive, format, assign drive letters and specify install to the F: disk.
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