Help with install over network

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by idmanager, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. idmanager

    idmanager MDL Junior Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    hope somebody here can help me out with installing over a network
    i have a network share with all the win7.wim files separated so i can use
    offline windows updates and dism.exe to add the packages to keep them
    when i need to install i have been using the command from a winpe prompt

    net use r: \\\public\netinstalls
    setup.exe /installfrom:r:\win7\winpro64.wim as a eg

    i was told to use imagex and not the setup.exe by a friend
    but i have had no luck with it, the image extract to c drive
    but the c drive just dont boot i think im something missing from
    the image when its extracted. looking at the c drive from winpe
    it looks ok but the bootfiles are missing. i hope i have explained
    my problem clear enough for somebody to help me with the last step
    of getting the images i have bootable.
  2. 100

    100 MDL Expert

    May 17, 2011
    #2 100, Sep 29, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 20, 2017
    Putting the Windows image on a partition with imagex does not write the boot code, make the partition active, or install the boot manager files, that needs to be done as well. Change the drive letter in the examples to the one that you put the files on using imagex.

    To write the boot code to partition c: and the update the drive's master boot record:
    bootsect /nt60 c: /mbr
    To place the boot manager (bootmgr) on partition c: and create an entry for an OS installation at c:\windows:
    bcdboot c:\windows /s c:
    To make the partition c: active:
    list disk
    select disk 0 (pick the correct one from the previous listing)
    list partition
    select partition 1 (pick the correct one)

    You know you can put multiple images into one .wim file? It will store duplicate files only once and save you a lot of disk space.
  3. idmanager

    idmanager MDL Junior Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Thankyou 100
    works great , i do know about multi images inside 1 wim file but i always forget the index number , having a 12TB server helps as i have a lot of space to play with
    thanks again