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The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to help Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), system builders, and corporate IT professionals deploy Windows onto new hardware. The Windows AIK is a new set of deployment tools supporting the latest release of Windows. This guide describes the current methods, tools, and requirements for deploying Windows.

Supported Operating Systems: Longhorn (Windows Code Name) ; Windows Vista; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Business N; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Home Basic; Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Home Basic N; Windows Vista Home Premium; Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Starter; Windows Vista Starter N; Windows Vista Ultimate; Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition, Windows XP.

Download: Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) User's Guide for Windows Vista

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Nice Docs but does not include the full WAIK for 32 and 64. >> ImgMgr.EXE < Need that if you're looking to see what all is available.

Only available right now if you download the full BDD of which it's a sub part. The folder for WAIK is 719 MB here out of a 1.5GB download of BDD.

BTW, same exact doc's contained within the Full.

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Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) Build 6000 availble for download:


The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to help corporate IT professionals customize and deploy the Microsoft Windows Vista™ family of operation systems. By using Windows AIK, you can perform unattended Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, and create Windows PE images.
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Windows PEToolsCommandPrompt

I created the image & mount points:



Inserted the Vista MSDN disc into drive d:

Tried to do this:

***Copy the Windows PE image from the installation media using ImageX:

imagex.exe /export /boot d:\sources\boot.wim 2 c:\winre_image\winre.wim “Windows Recovery Environment”

I get this:

ImageX Tool for Windows

Copyright © Microsoft Corp. 1981-2005. All rights reserved.

IMAGEX [FLAGS] /EXPORT src_file src_number | src_name dest_file dest_name

Exports a copy of the specified image to another WIM file.

src_file - The path of the WIM file that contains the image to be copied.

src_number - The number that identifies the image within the source WIM.

src_name - The name that identifies the image within the source WIM.

dest_file - The path of the WIM file that will receive the image copy.

dest_name - The unique name for the image in the destination WIM.

Accepted FLAGS:


Marks a volume image as bootable. Available for Windows PE images only.


Enables WIM integrity checking. If not provided, existing checks are removed.

/COMPRESS [maximum | fast | none]

Specifies the type of compression used when exporting to a new WIM file.

/REF splitwim2.swm

Enables the reference of split WIM (SWM) files.

splitwim2.swm - Path to additional split file(s). Wild cards are accepted.


If src_name is "*" then all images are exported to dest_file.


imagex /export d:\imaging\data.wim 1 d:\imaging\newfile.wim "Exported Image"

>Any ideas what went went wrong. Tried various options/flags. Same results.

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To give you some information on the updated WAIK released 02/05/07

The previously released WAIK came with 5 WinPE language packs.

The newly released WAIK comes with 25 language packs.

All othe files have not changed.

Hopefully this information will save alot of people from downloading what they already have.


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