How to Create a Microsoft XP SP3 WIM File

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Windows Preinstalled Environment (PE) is a lightweight version of the Windows operating system that can create windows imaging format (WIM) files. You can capture the Windows XP SP3 operating system to an image file and deploy the image to other computers on a network. To create a Windows XP SP3 WIM file, create a bootable Windows PE CD on the technician computer where the distrubution share is hosted, and then use the Ximage command from the Windows PE OS.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD
  • Download the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). Install the WAIK to the technician computer.

  • Click "Start." Go to "All Programs." Open the "Windows AIK" folder and click "Windows PE Tools Command Prompt."

  • Input "copype.cmd <architecture> c:\winpe_<architecture>" into the command-line prompt. Replace "<architecture>" with the desired CPU architecture for the XP SP3 WIM. Input "x86" for a 32-bit architecture; input "AMD64" for an AMD 64-bit architecture; and input "ia64" for an Intel Itanium 64-bit architecture.

  • Press "Enter" to create the files for the Windows PE image. Input "imagex /mountrw c:\winpe<architecture>\winpe.wim 1 c:\winpe<architecture>\mount" into Command Prompt.

  • Press "Enter" to mount the Windows PE image to the "Mount" directory in the "winpe_<architecture>" folder.

  • Input "peimg /install=<pkg> c:\winpe_<architecture>\mount\Windows" into Command Prompt, then replace "<pkg>" with the name of the Windows feature you want to add to the image. To view the available packages, input "/list" and press "Enter."

  • Press "Enter" to add the feature to the image. Input "xcopy "c:\program files\<version>\Tools\<architecture>\Servicing" c:\winpe<architecture>\iso\Servicing /s" and "copy "c:\program files\<version>\Tools\<architecture>\imagex.exe" c:\winpe<architecture>\iso\" into Command Prompt to add service tools to the image. Press "Enter" after each command.

  • Type "preimg /prep c:\winpe<architecture>\mount\Windows" into Command Prompt. Press "Enter."Type "imagex /unmount c:\winpe<architecture>\mount /commit." Press "Enter."

  • Input "copy c:\winpe<architecture>\winpe.wim c:\winpe<architecture>\ISO\sources\boot.wim." Press "Enter" to replace the default image with the customized image.

  • Input "oscdimg -n -bc:\winpe<architecture>\etfsboot.com c:\winpe<architecture>\ISO c:\winpe<architecture>\winpe<architecture>.iso" into CMD. Use "Efisys.bin " instead of "Etfsboot.com" for IA-64. Press "Enter."

  • Use a program like Magic ISO, ImgBurn or ISO Recorder to burn the ISO to disc and create a Windows PE boot disc.

  • Insert the bootable Windows PE CD into the disc drive of the machine running Windows XP SP3. Turn on the computer and boot from the CD.

  • Input "imagex /capture c:\ <storage device>:\xpsp3.wim "Name" "Description" /compress maximum" into the Windows PE command-line prompt.

  • Input a name and description for the image. Replace "<storage device>" with the letter assigned to the drive where the image is being created. Press "Enter" to create the Microsoft Windows XP SP3 WIM file.

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