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  • Question


    I performed the following steps from the WDS help file to create bootable media:


    Install the Windows Automated Installation Kit.


    Open a command prompt and change to the PETools folder:

    Cd C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools

    To create a WinPE build environment, type:

    CopyPE x86 C:\Winpe

    Copy the discover image created in the previous procedure:

    Copy /y c:\CaptureImage.wim c:\Winpe\ISO\Sources

    Change back to the PETools folder:

    Cd C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools

    Create the bootable ISO image:

    Oscdimg -n -bc:\winpe\boot\etfsboot.com c:\winpe c:\winpe.iso


    After typing the last command the following message was displayed:
    OSCDIMG 2.45 CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Premastering Utility
    Copyright (C) Microsoft, 1993-2000. All rights reserved.
    For Microsoft internal use only.

    ERROR: Could not open boot sector file "c:\winpe\boot\etfsboot.com"
    Error 3: The system cannot find the path specified.


    I went to the directory c:\winpe and sure enough ther was no BOOT folder.

    I modified the command to
    Oscdimg -n -bc:\winpe\etfsboot.com c:\winpe c:\winpe.iso (took out the boot folder)

    The comand worked but after I used Sonic Record Now v7 to burn the ISO image
    to a CD the CD would not boot - said it could not find the bootloader.

    Any Ideas?

    Jim Welborne

    Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:09 PM


  • Hi Jim,


    etfsboot.com exists in c:\winpe\ISO\boot\.


    Try the following command:


    Oscdimg -n -bc:\winpe\ISO\boot\etfsboot.com c:\winpe\ISO c:\winpe.iso


    Detailed steps about creating discover images:


    Steps for creating discover images

    After you create the discover image, create media that contains the image. You must create discover images by using the Boot.wim file from the Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista with SP1 DVD. You cannot use the WinPE.wim file from the Windows AIK to create a discover image.

    To create a discover image


    In the Windows Deployment Services MMC snap-in, expand the Boot images node.


    Right-click the image you want to use as a discover image. This must be the Boot.wim file from the Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista with SP1 DVD.


    Click Create Discover Boot Image.


    Follow the instructions in the wizard, and when it is completed, click Finish.


    Use the following procedure to create media that contains the image.


    To create media that contains the discover image


    Download and install the Windows AIK (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=81030 ).


    Click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft Windows AIK, and then click Windows PE Tools Command Prompt.


    To create a Windows PE build environment, type:

    CopyPE <architecture> C:\Winpe


    To copy the discover image that you created in the preceding procedure, type:

    Copy /y c:\<imagename>.wim c:\Winpe\ISO\Sources


    To change back to the PETools folder, type:

    Cd C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools


    To create the bootable .iso image, type:

    Oscdimg -n -bc:\winpe\ISO\boot\etfsboot.com c:\winpe\ISO c:\<imagename>.iso


    Use a utility that can create a CD or DVD to transfer the .iso image to the appropriate media.


    Using the Windows copy command to copy the image to media will not create a bootable disk.


    Boot the client computer to the media. You may need to change the boot order in the client BIOS to do this. When the client boots to the media, your experience will be exactly the same as if you had booted to the network.


    Hope it helps.


    Tim Quan - MSFT


    Monday, July 28, 2008 8:29 AM