Hi all. Well i bought a new Compaq laptop a wee while back now and i have been trying to figure out how to get all the nice OEM stuff off it for future ref. I have seen on here folks putting up OEM details ripped from recovery discs. I did not know how this was done so i have been looking on the web for an answer. Here's what i found. Copy from the recover discs all the .wim files from inside "preload" into a folder on my HDD. - This i did. Install WAIK - I did Infact i have tried Waik for Vista an W7 ( running W7 ).... run this command :- imagex /export /ref *.wim base.wim 1 exported.wim "exported" It starts to work ok then stops and asks for wim#1... ( or summet quite similar,never noted it down )... Now am i doing this right just to get the original files or am i barking up the wrong tree. And this error in imagex . what doe that mean. Has anybody had dealing with this and can point me in the right direction. Cheers.