Building WinPE with Windows 7 AIK




I was having problems getting the new AIK for Win7 working,
there were a few bugs to work around, so I have documented my process here, with
all my notes.


To create a WinPE CD for Windows 7 follow these
directions. This is for an x86 version.



Start by creating a place to store some scripts and config files called c:\WinPE-tools

mkdir c:\WinPE-tools



Copy and paste this into a file called c:\WinPE-tools\startnet.cmd

@Echo OFF

wpeutil InitializeNetwork

ping localhost

net use z: <server share> <password> /user:<domain\user-id>

wpeinit

CLS

z:






Copy and paste this into a file called c:\WinPE-tools\wimscript.ini

[ExclusionList]

ntfs.log

hiberfil.sys

pagefile.sys

"System Volume Information"

RECYCLER

Windows\CSC

[CompressionExclusionList]

*.mp3

*.zip

*.cab

\WINDOWS\inf\*.pnf








Now, let's create your WinPE image:



Open the Deployment Tools Command Prompt.

copype.cmd x86 c:\winpe_x86



You should be at c:\winpe_x86 when it completes.



Mount the image.

DISM.exe /Mount-Wim /WimFile:C:\winpe_x86\winpe.wim
/index:1 /MountDir:C:\winpe_x86\mount




Copy the winpe.wim to the iso source as boot.wim

copy C:\winpe_x86\winpe.wim C:\winpe_x86\iso\sources\boot.wim



If you want to add additional packages, they are located at: c:\program
files\windows aik\PE Tools\x86\WinPE_OCs\ the .cab files are locted here.

Make sure all the package paths are lowercase! The "c:\" and file names must be
lowercase! (This is an RTM DISM AIK bug)



For example, to use an HTA GUI frontend you will need to add the hta packages:

Dism /image:C:\winpe_x86\mount
/Add-Package /PackagePath:"c:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\x86\WinPE_FPs\winpe-hta.cab"

Dism /image:C:\winpe_x86\mount /Add-Package /PackagePath:"c:\Program
Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\x86\WinPE_FPs\en-us\winpe-hta_en-us.cab”




To verify installation of packages, you can type:

dism /image:c:\winpe x86\mount\ /get-packages



OK, while the image is mounted, you will want to include imageX.

Copying it to system32 will allow you to run imagex without having to navigate
to it.

So copy imageX.exe and your files you made to the Windows\system32 directory of
your mounted image:

copy "c:\program files\windows aik\tools\x86\imagex.exe"
c:\winpe_x86\mount\windows\system32

copy "c:\WinPE-tools\wimscript.ini" c:\winpe_x86\mount\windows\system32

copy "c:\WinPE-tools\startnet.cmd" c:\winpe_x86\mount\windows\system32 /Y

copy "c:\WinPE-tools\startnet.cmd" C:\winpe_x86\mount\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-winpe_tools_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_fad5f90498336010
/Y




Now it's time to unmount WinPE.

dism.exe /unmount-wim /mountdir:c:\winpe_x86\mount
/commit




If you made mistakes, use this:

dism.exe /unmount-wim /mountdir:c:\winpe_x86\mount
/discard




If you want to create a bootable .iso CD:

oscdimg -n -bc:\winpe_x86\etfsboot.com c:\winpe_x86\iso
c:\winpe_x86\winpe_x86.iso




Exit Deployment Tools Command Prompt and burn your .iso to CD





Note:

If you are capturing Windows 7 you want to capture d: not c: (From WinPE the c:\
is a reserved system folder)

Comments

WS2000 said…
Thanks for the advice, its helped me a lot today.

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