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Are there any guides or info explaining a process to replace the wim provided by the OEM in the hidden WinRE partition with a clean, up to date and unbloated one.

 

The system has been installed from a clean Vista x86 OEM disk and has the correct most recent drivers etc. However after having installed nearly 200 optional and recommended updates, I'd like to image it and hopefully replace the SP1 based image provided by Toshiba which contains pointless and old programs with out of date drivers etc.

 

I bet it's not as simple as a straight copy and replace…is it?

 

Additionally, as the image is intended for that unit only, should I still be using sysprep with generalize prior to capturing the image or not?




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The matter is "touched" (though not exactly answering your questions) here:
http://www.msfn.org/...via-f8-startup/
starting from around here:
http://www.msfn.org/...artup/?p=950736

Particularly, one of the given links:
http://www.svrops.co.../winvistare.htm
should be of use.

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It really depends on what the recovery software is. If it uses Setup.exe (From Windows) to do the recovery, then you do need to sysprep the image.

You may want to copy the original install.wim out of the recovery partition and take a look at it. For example, is it a single image in the index or are there multiple?
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Here is the content of the existing WinRE partition:

pyqHgbd.png

 

The boot.wim appears to have only one mountable index.

Its content looks like a standard system drive folder structure, the main difference being the \sources folder.

Here are its contents:

Directory of \MountedWim\sources
 
11/14/2006  02:36 AM    <DIR>          en-US
11/14/2006  03:05 AM    <DIR>          recovery
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
 
 Directory of \MountedWim\sources\en-US
 
               0 File(s)              0 bytes
 
 Directory of \MountedWim\sources\recovery
 
11/14/2006  02:36 AM    <DIR>          en-US
11/14/2006  03:05 AM    <DIR>          tools
11/02/2006  03:31 AM            13,824 PssWiz.exe
11/02/2006  03:31 AM           428,032 RecEnv.exe
11/02/2006  03:31 AM           503,296 StartRep.exe
               3 File(s)        945,152 bytes
 
 Directory of \MountedWim\sources\recovery\en-US
 
11/02/2006  03:31 AM            16,384 PssWiz.exe.mui
11/02/2006  03:31 AM            18,432 RecEnv.exe.mui
11/02/2006  03:31 AM            36,864 StartRep.exe.mui
               3 File(s)         71,680 bytes
 
 Directory of \MountedWim\sources\recovery\tools
 
11/09/2006  05:25 AM           421,888 TWinRERecoveryReminder.exe
11/10/2006  12:16 AM               301 WinREConfig.xml
               2 File(s)        422,189 bytes
 
     Total Files Listed:
               8 File(s)      1,439,021 bytes
               4 Dir(s)

So my question I suppose is, can I copy the sources folder from the existing boot.wim into the root of the newly installed system drive, image the system drive to a new boot.wim and replace the one in my WinRE partition.

And just to verify, would it be wise to generalize with sysprep or not? my instinct is to do so, (I've only created a single generic named user, from which I've performed all updates etc.).






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