All I have to do is just to boot to the external hard drive and run ImageX command to apply the desired image over to the new computer. Change the drive to the one that holds ImageX executable file. Plus, 3rd Party is not really an option because I can run into licensing problems later on, and on the other hand - it didn't really work anyways so it doesn't matter. In this way, you can create a bootable disk pretty easily and boot your system from it whenever needed. In this way you can make small adjustments to the image contents eg moving, deleting, adding or editing files , without needing to boot the target system, make the changes and then re-capture the image.
I could not see the reference computer drive that i wanted to make copy using imagex. Incidentally, it makes use of the imagex tool I had you include earlier, just in case. I hope this will help you and give your feedback. Typical Murphy's-law kind of thing, right after I buy something, I find a free version. In the Diskpart utility, type active, and then type exit. For a long term solution this is not viable.
Hi I got it, though I also needed to use Easybcd to be able to boot from the external disk. The good news is that all the parts are free and I'm here to help you. You are not adding or appending information to an existing. Most usable commands of wpeutil: EnableFirewall, DisableFirewall, Reboot, ShutDown, Initializenetwork. Here's a sample text to help you a long if you're interested:. Windows Preinstallation Environment is a lightweight operating system that provides minimum services to its users.
The following actions are performed on the target system the one that you want to take a backup of : 1. I could not see the reference computer drive that i wanted to make copy using imagex. To protect against outright disk failures and boot problems, I always clone my laptop drive. To be exact, it is a Windows 10 1607 Enterprise edition. You can usually omit this portion of text for most Windows images.
Once you run Sysprep, the system will be generalized for capture and deployment. Now, every time when I have a new computer coming in, I can have it ready to go within 15 minutes, counting from opening the package to shutting down and ready to carry it over to the user. The applying process takes between 8 and 10 minutes. I prefer scripted installations which doesn't use Sysprep etc. Prepare the media location to which the image will be captured. One or more user accounts may also be presented and configured. Several manual or automated processes, not included in this blog would be necessary to capture system information, if you want to place it directly back into production after image capture.
We will now go to the boot. The capture steps are the same, but the deployment steps would be very different and might influence configuration switches that you use during capture. Specify either x86, or amd64. The ImageX file can be found at the following location. I may have to try this, just to see how it compares to the product I just purchased. Here, use x86 for a 32-bit environment and x64 for a 64-bit environment.
The drive letters assigned in the diskpart script above are used to prevent conflicts with existing volume letters. You can get it from its official website right here. You must agree to the Terms and Conditions. Confirm the prompt for privileges. You'll need to use the value that bcdedit. Often one tool won't work for some reason, where another one does just what you need it to.
Now when the command prompt comes up, you can navigate to. You can download that tool. Identify or select the system from which you want to capture a Windows Operating System image. Applying the image These are the steps I often apply to prepare a new computer. It is important that you identify the correct disk, as you will be formatting the disk. Also uncheck the box that wants to make it the same size, so that it can resize the partitions out to larger or smaller sizes. Conclusion There are many imaging software that you can use to build your own imaging system.
I think as long as it is there, windows will maintain it however, so if you actually could delete files from it, it goes back and tries to replace them. You can backup other volumes from the hard disk, by following the above procedure. Hope to see you in the , or. VirtualCloneDrive in this example 3. If you want to use the Windows image on another computer, you must first prepare the operating system for duplication before you image it.
The boot drive is pretty basic. Close all other cmd and Explorer windows. For email, which contains a lot of my critical data, I use our corporate Exchange server which automatically gets backed up. Also, replace with the actual number listed in the list disk command. You need to be sure to use the correct tools or switches for compatibility with your target system s. You can also try typing netcfg -winpe to re-initialise the network stack. Whenever your system would crash or malfunction, you can take the assistance of Windows Preinstallation Environment to fix it.