SOLVED: GUI To Add Files or Drivers To A .WIM Image File

Over the years we have produced many instructions on how to add files or add drivers to a .WIM image file, but they are all outdated because they are command line.  There is now a free GUI front end for DISM made by Mike Celone. To get DISM GUI to work you need two things: .NET 4.0 which can get from Microsoft HERE in unlikely event you don’t have it already Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) that…

SOLVED: How to Edit The Registry in an Offline Windows 10 WIM File

If you have built a corporate image and found that you need to make a change to settings in the registry you can edit the registry off line.  In my case I use WSUS to deploy images so I had to find the image I needed to modify in WSUS, right click and select EXPORT IMAGE.  I named that export WIN10-PreRDPFix.WIM . You can load and modify HKLM registry using the following commands: Create a C:\TEMP and a…

SOLVED: How to Slipstream / Inject IE9 Internet Explorer 9 Into an Existing .WIM or RTM Version of Windows 7

Unlike SP1 for Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 is relatively easy to add to an offline image through command line: Please ignor the line wrap on some of these commands.  It is is bold, it is all one statement. Download your version OS’s Version of IE 9 HERE. Create a folder named c:\temp\ie9 Create a folder named c:\temp\mount Extract the Internet Explorer cab files using the -X switch (like IE9-Windows7-xxx-xxx.exe -x:c:\temp\ie9) Delete IE9_SUPPORT.CAB Extract your WIM file…

SOLVED: How to Slipstream / Inject Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 Into An Existing Offline RTM Build .WIM

Wow, there is a lot of misinformation out there.  Here is how I did slipstreamed Service Pack 1 into Windows 7 (and this should be the same process for Server 2008 R2). These instructions require you to have WAIK – Windows Automated Install Kit, which you can get HERE. PREWORK – Prepeing the SP1 To Be Used In OffLine Mode: Note that some of this pre-work can apparently be done using THIS script file, but…

How to Inject Drivers into Windows PE 3.0 .WIM in 5 Minutes (or into a Windows 7 or 2008 R2 Image)

Prepared by Ian Matthews June 23, 2010 – Last Updated May 10, 2011 MARCH 2014 SEE: https://www.urtech.ca/2014/03/solved-how-to-add-drivers-in-wds-windows-deployment-services/  This is the followup to how to add drivers to a Windows PE 2.0 (Vista) .WIM file.  Today I needed to add a network driver to a Windows 7 PE 3.0 Boot Image I had in my Windows Deplopyement Services (WDS) 2008 Server.  After two hours of banging though half baked explainations a blogs I figured out the…

SOLVED: How to Upgrade or Install Windows Server 2016/19 Standard VM on a Windows Server Data Center Host

The short version is that if your host server is running Datacenter you can NOT upgrade an existing Windows Server 2016/2019 STANDARD Virtual Machine to anything but Datacenter.  If you try you will see that Windows Server STANDARD is missing and not an option from the list.  The way it was explained to me is: Datacenter upgrades to Datacenter ONLY.  Windows Server Standard is missing from the upgrade list, by design: There is also no…

SOLVED: How To Cleanup C:\WINDOWS\WINSXS

If you have worked on Windows for more than a few years you will know that C:\Windows\WinSXS takes up an ever increasing amount of disk space and that you should not delete anything from it.   Microsoft says: One commonly asked question is, “Can I delete the WinSxS folder to regain some disk space?” The short answer is no. You can, however, reduce the size of the WinSxS folder using tools built into Windows. For more…

SOLVED: How To Create a CAPTURE Boot Image in WSUS

If you have already got a deployment image in your Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) then you likely will want a CAPTURE IMAGE so you can collect the Operating System from a SysPreped PC.  This is easy to do:Launch WSUS Expand your server > BOOT IMAGES Right click on the appropriate boot image (i.e. Windows Setup (x64) – 1803) and select CREATE CAPTURE IMAGE On the METADATA AND LOCATION screen click the BROWSE button, select…

SOLVED: Complete Guide To Cell Phone Acronyms

Below is a list of the common cell phone acronyms, their meaning and a brief description in plain english.  Note that each line is hyperlinked to a webpage to provide more detail, if you want it 🙂 CODE MEANING SIMPLE DESCRIPTION 1G First Generation cellular network analog on FM band just for phone calls 2G Second Generation cellular network some digital transmission with basic data using CDMA or GSM 3G Third Generation cellular network data…

How to Install WinRAR

WinRAR is a file archiver for RAR and ZIP files for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems. You can also exploit this archiver for Android, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, MS-DOS and Windows Mobile. WinRAR is a popular program-archiver, one of the main programs on each computer. Archivers can compress any files into archives to reduce their size, and also extract files from archives. Until the 21st century, when there were no large carriers and…

SOLVED: How To Set The Default Browser and Other File Associations In Window 10 Image or GPO

If you are responsible for your corporate image and you are deploying Windows 10 you are likely going to want to set the default browser to Internet Explorer rather than Edge.  The problem is there is no GPO or Answer File setting to make this change. After working with Microsoft Partner support for quite some time, they pointed me to a simply little blog that explains the way to set default file associations (like the…

SOLVED: How to Add Drivers in WDS Windows Deployment Services

OCT 1 2018 UPDATE: See our 2018 updated version of this article HERE. You could inject drivers directly into your image .WIM files as I have previously explained: Vista: how-to-inject-drivers-into-windows-pe-2-0-in-5-minutes-or-into-a-windows-vista-image Windows 7 & 8 how-to-inject-drivers-into-windows-pe-3-0-wim-in-5-minutes-or-into-a-windows-7-or-2008-r2-image oooorrrrr you can now just add drivers directly to your Windows Deployment (WDS) Server: Open your WDS MMC, expand the server in question and then expand DRIVERS Select ADD DRIVER PACKAGE, Select SELECT ALL DRIVER PACKAGES FROM A FOLDER and browse…

JOKE: Retiree Mental Fitness

This test is to ascertain your mental state now. If you get one right you are doing ok, if you get none right you better go for counselling.  (I’ll meet you there.)   1.    How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down. . . . . . . . . . . . .   The correct answer is: Open…

SOLVED: What is the Difference Between LTE and 4G?

LTE is the standard and 4G is the class.  I know that is cryptic so here are more details: 4G is the acronym for the Fourth Generation if celluar data communications which is largely defined by a minimum speed requirement. LTE is the acronym for Long Term Evolution and its speeds meet the 4G standard Sooo, basically LTE is 4G and as of today there are no other popular standards which are 4G in speed.…