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How to get install.wim


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#1 Alchemist

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 11:36 AM

I'd like to use some of the utilities out there to update the original Windows 7 install image and save re-downloading all the updates after I build a new system. But there is no information on how to get the original install image form the DVD. All the instructions start with the assumption that you have it. HOW do you get it? Is there something built into Windows 7 that just automatically makes a .wim file? What is it?



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:14 PM

You need windows AIK
Image x is part of this kit and will allow you to capture and create
image files

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5753

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:17 PM

Yes, that's what I've been reading about on zillions of pages. There is nothing in any of them about how to get the ORIGINAL. They always start with the install.wim already existing. Before I can do any of that I need to get the original. How do you convert the install DVD to install.wim?



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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:28 PM

If you put in your windows 7 cd. Its in Sources directory
Is that what you mean/want?

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:02 PM

Many systems have a recovery partition built in to the factory setup.  This would contain the file you are looking for, and might be what they are referencing (making the assumption that you do not have a recovery CD).  However, if you boot off the recovery CD the results are similar, even if involving more step and processes to get to the same result. 

 

Is there a specific reason you are wanting to duplicate/access/create that file? If this is to snapshot your computer so you can recover it at the point you specify there are many different ways to do this, many are much more effective than the windows/microsoft process.


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