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Windows 7 AIK on VM experiments, error 0x80070026

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I'm doing some experiments with imagex just to try understand how does this work and how I can benefit from it.

The objective is to capture an image with all updates installed and with a few (~20, 30) programs installed.

Step by step:

1) Create two VM machines and install an untouched Windows 7 in each. Let's call it A and B

2) On machine A install windows AIK and on windows B run sysprep, install all software and finish with sysprep shutdown + generalize

3) On machine A mount virtual hard drive of machine B, then capture it:


-Machine B is now E:\

-Copied untouched W7 install CD to c:\imagex

Command 1: imagex /COMPRESS fast /CHECK /VERIFY /CAPTURE E:\ C:\IMAGEX\sources\install.wim "WAIK1" "WAIK2DESC"

Command 2: oscdimg.exe /b"c:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\amd64\boot\etfsboot.com" /n /m /o /l"WAIKteste1" c:\IMAGEX c:\test1.iso

4) Try to install final test1.iso with captured image in a new, clean VM

But I got an error that is:

"Windows cannot open the required file D:\Sources\install.wim. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x80070026"


What I've already done:

- Searched for this error and for tips on search engines.

- Tried to not use generalize option

- Mixed up some imagex flags

So, am I doing something wrong here? Any help is appreciated.

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