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Creating autounattend.xml results in Windows Image Error

Q: Creating autounattend.xml results in Windows Image Error

I have created a autounattend.xml file using the Windows System Image Manager. When validating, everything comes back clean. However, when deploying it ends up failing with the message in the second set
I am deploying using this method to an Intel Compute Stick:
Use Rufus to "install" Windows iso to a Bootable USB drive.Drop autounattend.xml into the root of the USB driveBoot USB device, let the software do it's thing.
What actually happens:
Use Rufus to "install" Windows iso to a Bootable USB drive.Drop autounattend.xml into the root of the USB driveAfter a few minutes, Windows Setup complains: "Windows could not collect information for [OSImage] since the specified image file [D:\Sources\] does not exist

A few things about this:
I never specify D:\Sources anywhere in my autounattend.xmlAuto

I was not planning on doing this with Sysprep, I was planning on dropping the autounattend.xml file directly on to the root of the USB drive and let it install the image automatically rather than booting through WDS or something similar.

I have been reading Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums in case sysprep is the absolutely best way though.

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I want to create an unattended.xml so my customers dont have to choose that, but i want them to be able to make all the other steps.

I have created an xml-file that i tought should work:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:a:/iso-filer/w7pro/install.wim#Windows 7 PROFESSIONAL" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />

I use that xml-file when i sysprep but i still need to choose settings for Windows update during OOBE.


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I'm booting from Windows PE DVD.
I have entered in the directory command to identify all of my drivers.

c:\ volume of C is System reserved
d:\ files and folders of the OS
e:\ Windows PE DVD that contains my ImageX file
f:\ USB flash drive

I have entered in the following command to capture the WIM image.

e:\imagex.exe /capture d: f:\images\myimage.wim "TC Window7 Image" /compress fast /verify

I received an error message that images directory was not found.

I then tried

e:\imagex.exe /capture d: f:\myimage.wim "TC Window7 Image" /compress fast /verify


e:\imagex.exe /capture d:\ f:\myimage.wim "TC Window7 Image" /compress fast /verify

I received error imaging drive d:\ There is not enough space on the disk.

The USB flash drive is 16G and I formatted it in fat32.

What am I doing wrong?


A:Space Error msg- Creating Windows 7 WIM system image

Hi Tracey,

4Gb is the largest file size on a fat32 volume. In order to back up Windows 7 successfully the USB flash drive will need to be reformatted in NTFS format to accept the myimage.wim file.

Note: Any existing data on the USB flash drive that needs to be kept will need to be backed up elsewhere (e.g. DVD) before the flash drive is reformatted.

Hope this helps.

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Hey everyone,
i am getting a problem as seen in the jpg, i have reviewed the setting but cant see where i am going wrong, if someone could look over the file and show me where i went wrong, thanks

A:autounattend.xml error in Windows PE

no one have any suggestions?

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Hello guy
I'm trying to create a custom Image in order to Install Windows 7 Pro fastly. I have Captured the Image but when i Try to Install i receive the Following below and i don't undestand where i made mistake:
..Windows Could not parse or Process unattend answer file for pass (Specialized)......
I have used an answered file to sysprep the system but not to install...
I did the Following Step:
I have Installed Windows i run sysprep in audit mode:

   I Have Personalized Desktop with Desktop Wallpaper and the Wallpaper for the Logon Window    I have added some link on Desktop and Installed some Software  Then i have  Rebooted the system in audit mode again
In Order to copy the Customization to the Default User i have created the Following Unattended File
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
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Since a week is it impossible to make a Win7 Backup Image (Control Panel).

This is the feature that got removed in 8.1 but now (on 8) I'm still using it in case I need to restore the OS.

The message shows this:

"Not enough disk space" but I have 360GB free on one disk and 150GB on another. The image is calculated at 67GB and it worked each time until now.

All OS updates installed.

Does anyone have any hints or ideas how to fix this?


A:Error creating backup image

Sys reserved partition might be too small, or filling up.

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I am running Windows 8.1, and maintenance is current. When I try to create a system image, I get an error message stating I do not have enough space for the system image. The error message and my disk configuration are in the attachment.

Help would certainly be appreciated because I simply do not understand why there is not enough space on a 1 TB WD My Passport Ultra external drive.

Thanks ...

A:Error Creating A System Image

If you continue to have problems with Windows Backup try using Easeus Todo Backup

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I have a Vaio laptop which came with a "recovery partition" (factory image). I have tried to create a system image to use with the System Repair Disk, in the event of a catastrophe, via Windows 7 Backup & Restore. I have a 3TB WD "My Book" external HDD, which is the destination location I've chosen to save the system image to.
In the "Confirm your backup settings window,
Backup location is D: My Book
"The following drives will be backed up" shows:
1. System Reserved (System),
2. (C:) System,
3. Recovery (System)
all of these are checked and I cannot uncheck any of them.
Windows begins making the image (backup), creates the folder "Windows Image Backup" on the external drive. It runs for about 5 minutes, then the progress bar turns completely red and I get the following Error:
"The backup failed.
One of the backup files could not be created. (0x8078002A)
Additional Information: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error. (0x8007045D)"
I am wondering if this due to the "recovery partition" (factory image.)
If so, can I get rid of the recovery partition in Computer Management?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,

A:Creating System Image Error

Hi Use Acronis True Image to do your backup 100% more reliable than the windows one-look at some software forums you can download the program with working serial.
Make a start up disk and boot using it -it will restore your system from a backup you have made with this program in about 20 mins.

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So to reset my ASUS, i use ASUS Backtracker, and it says i need a USB Drive with over 20 GB. I have 64 GB Drive, but when i try using it on Create Backup Image, it says Creating Image Error. Help please.

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Hi, I've recently reformatted my computer and I would like to make a backup drive this time around. However when I try and use the windows backup and restore it's always saying I don't have enough space. My understanding is that the problem is from my D: SYSTEM_DRV (120mb free, 1.17gb) not being able to create a shadow drive. I am not able to deselect it when I try to make a system image. I've looked at the problem from the site below. Fix the 0x80780119 error when creating a System Image in Windows 7 and 8 - TechRepublic Now I've also done some searching and that people have said that this SYSTEM_DRV is terribly important and that I can mess up my boot up if I delete it hence my fear. I have thought about merging it to my C drive as well as adding some unassigned space to it, neither of which could be done (even through third party partition software). Any help is appreciated, Thanks, Joe

A:Creating System Image, 0x80780119 error

Post a screenshot of disk management window.

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I am trying to capture a WIM image of a reference computer for deployment of Windows 7 ultimate x64. The problem is that when i run the command in Windows PE i get the message: "e" is not recognized as an internal or external command.
The command i am running is: e:\imagex.exe /capture c: d:\images\myimage.wim "Win7 install" /compress fast /verify
The command is from the book "70-680 configuring windows 7" and the same command is on technet.microsoft.com
I have tried to change the drive-letter accordingly to my computer but gets the same message - also tried to run command without drive-letter, starting the command with imagex.exe or only imagex but get same message:imagex or imagex.exe is not recognized as an internal or external command. I have checked that image.exe is on the cd-rom.


A:Creating WIM image - Windows PE

The case is solved. I downloaded a new Windows AIK and this time a Danish since i am using Danish keyboard, just to see if that made any difference and it did... The problem was that since the Windows AIK I had was in US-English, I had some problems finding colon : so it seems like I have been using Broken Bar ? I can say that I today am the lucky owner of a new .wim file.
Kind regards

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Hello! I've been tasked with creating an image of the software and configuration used on our company computers to save time. I've been using Windows OPK and I wanted to know if it's possible to create an image of the hard drive and the HP Recovery partition, and then combine them together into a single image and make it accessible through the network domain in the future. It's been killing me trying to figure it out, so I'm not sure if it's even possible. Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to perform this task or if I have to use a different method? Thank you!

Using Windows 7 Professional x64 on a HP system if that helps. I'll provide more information if needed!

A:Creating Image with Windows OSK

On Screen Keyboard?

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Hello all,

I am in the process of creating a windows 7 image to be deployed to multiple customers all over the country with 5 different flavors of machines.

In the past with Windows XP, I created the image, create a C:\Drivers directory with all the drivers included, copy the golden profile over to the default, sysprep, and create the image file using Acronis.

I have figured out how to copy the profile over with WSIM, by creating a unattend.xml.

But now I can not get the image to pump the appropriate drivers to the machine.

I am working with Optiplex 755,960, Latitude D630,E6400,E6410.

Anyone have any thoughts?

A:Creating Windows 7 Image

First welcome to SevenForums.

Now here is the big gloss over:

Download, install, run the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK).

Read, study the CHM files and use DISM to create a WIM file with all of the needed drivers.

That said, this first time will be a learning experience. I recommend viewing some of the fine technet/msdn/microsoft videos on creating such a wim file and including the necessary license info.
Download details: Windows? AIK for Windows? 7
Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 documentation (May 2010 Update)

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Hi, I created a few system images with windows 7 while installing updates and programs etc on a new install but when I reverted back to one of them after some experiments with installing windows updates I noticed that the windows update history was empty.

A:Creating a system image with windows

I suggest you look at the following free programs. All let you create a bootable CD or USB in order to recover a image to a computer that does not boot or to a new drive.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A6-4400M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 21 Model 16 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 7650 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7600M Series, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 931724 MB, Free - 863424 MB; D: Total - 21840 MB, Free - 2343 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 18A7
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

I wish to make a full image of my Window 7 computer on a USB Flash Drive.

Is this possible ?

What size (Gb) of drive would I require and how would I go about making an image ?



A:Creating an image of my Windows 7 vomputer

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Hi all,

I'm only a part time computer geek (OK, so more than part time), but I haven't dived into Windows ICD or image deployment. I know you use ICD to customize a provisioning package or image, but are there official tools or ways of converting a working live Windows 10 installation into a deployable image?

In the past, I'd just make the system the way I went prior to activating windows or entering a product key, then image the drive with Acronis and then deploy and lastly activate. Is this OK to do, or should I go another route.

I realistically only need the image to deploy to a few identical targets.


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I've just started using Windows ICD, wanting to create an image for our company computers. I've configured the user accounts and added drivers and other custom settings but would like to see if I can also add in applications to get installed as well. I'm planning using the option to create a bootable USB for the image. Exploring the "Applications" section in ICD, I see that it is requiring a .appx file (Application Package) and after googling that, I haven't found much on how to create one, tied to using Windows ICD. These would be simple applications that I'd want to install (all are executables). Are there instructions on doing this? or is it possible the way i'm wanting to do this?


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hi its my first time to create my first system image in my windows 8 i wanna know if i can exclude a certain file if not how many blank cd's do i need i got 146GB used currently in my C drive and while creating a system image could it take the proccess an hour or more?

A:need help about creating a system image in windows 8

What is your primary objective, backing up personal files or the OS?

What utility/program are you using to create the system image? Windows 8 built-in utility (File History page) or third party program like Macrium, Acronis or other?

The windows built-in utility has limited functionality while third party programs offer many more options.

Considering you want to backup 146 GB +/- of data you might want to use a external USB HDD because 146 GB is going to use a lot of DVD's. Since you have a lot of personal files over and above the OS you might also want to consider creating a separate partition for your personal files which you could back-up separately.

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Hi everyone.

I've been placed in charge of setting up new PCs at work.

These are tablet PCs and the hardware in each is identical...I've now setup one PC to function EXACTLY how I want it.

My question is, what's the best way to image the entire drive and then load it onto subsequent PCs (please nothing like PXE) the restore will be done from a USB thumb drive.

A:Windows 7 Creating image and restoring to different PCs

Your the IT guy ?

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Hi, I created a few system images with windows 7 while installing updates and programs etc on a new install but when I reverted back to one of them after some experiments with installing windows updates I noticed that the windows update history was empty.
There were definitely a couple of updates installed and showing in update history when the system image was created so I'm not sure why the history is empty after restoring the image. I thought this made an exact copy of the system drive and everything would be the same when the image was restored so I'm not sure what's happened.
It's not a big issue as I'll be reinstalling windows again on this laptop once I've figured out the correct process to get updated without telemetry so I'm just curious as to what's going on.
Is there a better utility for making a system image rather than using windows? I just want something that'll backup the whole drive the os is on once I've got the whole system setup so I can recover to this state in the future if need be without reinstalling the os, updates, programs and changing all settings back again.
I thought the windows system image utility would be fine for this but if it's missing the update history who knows what else is missing from the backup and I just don't trust it now.

A:Creating a system image with windows

I suggest you look at the following free programs. All let you create a bootable CD or USB in order to recover a image to a computer that does not boot or to a new drive.
Macrium Reflect Free
Aomei Backupper Standard
Easeus Todo Backup

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So I'm creating a Win8 image with custom software installed, but now i'm stuck on the next steps, I've captured the image but the below link send me in a bit of confusion on the next steps! With win 7 in the past I used to be able to just capture the image and replace the original boot.wim file. Win8 doesn't seem to want to let me me do that. it will boot to install but a licence key field appears and doesn't like any licence I use (VLK by the way) What steps should I try and follow next? Thanks.

Basic Windows Deployment Step-by-Step Guide

A:Creating a Windows 8 Image using Dism

If you are using setup.exe, as far as I know, you need the appropriate license files in boot.wim sources.

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I have 20+ computers with an OEM version of Windows XP Professional. I am having a problem with three of the computers and would like to format the hard drive and start from scratch. Do you foresee any problems with installing Windows XP and all necessary software on one computer and then create a disk image, then format the hard drives of the other computers and then copy the disk image to the other computers. Would there be any problems with the Windows XP product key? Is there an easy way to change the Windows XP product key?

A:Question about creating a hd image of Windows XP

The Hardware would have to be identical on all three pc's and you would probably have to reactivate each one.

What barand and model are they?

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I've created a Windows 7 master image and I use that to deploy 7 to customers PCs.   Now I'm working on creating a Windows 8.1 master image but I'm having trouble.   These are the steps I used to create it:

I used the Microsoft Media Creation tool to create a usb installation thumb drive.   I start installing Windows 8.1 and boot into Audit Mode and update / do my customizations.   I capture the hard drive image to a network location.   Then, I
try copying my install.wim file to the thumb drive.   The thumb drive is using an install.esd.   The thumb drive is FAT32.   If I make it NTFS, because the PC has secure boot setup, it fails to boot off the thumb drive.   Being FAT32, I'm
limited to files under a certain size.   My image file is around 6GB in size so I use dism to split it.    I delete the install.esd file off the thumb drive and replace it with install.swm and I copy install2.swm over as well (to the source
directory).  Everything seems to be working fine until I go to install.

I boot off the thumb drive and make it to the install screen.   I click Install and it asks for a product key instead of pulling it from the BIOS like it did when I was using the install.esd file from the Microsoft Media Creation tool.   I have tried
converting my wim file to an ESD and then using dism to split it but the setup program doesn't seem to like it and complains about missing files.

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Hello all

I have been doing so research lately into system imaging and deploying said image across multiple devices.

I want to image Surface Pro 3s (about 40 of them) with several dozen apps from the app store. My understanding is that if I want to use an image across multiple devices I have to use sysprep to generalize the image. The problem is any app off the app store is account specific and cannot be generalize. If you try to sysprep with apps installed you will get a Fetal Error, and you cant install apps from the store while in audit mode either.

Are there any options available to me, or will this have to be done manually?

A:Creating a windows 8.1 image containing metro apps

Hi Red Tangent, welcome to the Eight Forums.

Installing Modern Apps to your Windows Image in Audit Mode can be done using DISM. There are two slightly different methods to do this depending on whether you are installing corporate intern apps not submitted to Windows Store or already published apps which are submitted to Windows Store.

To install corporate intern Line-Of-Business apps in Audit Mode using DISM ("sideloading" apps), see this Microsoft TechNet support article: Sideload Apps with DISM

To install signed apps submitted to Windows Store using DISM, see this TechNet article: Preinstall Apps Using DISM

Notice please that as Modern apps do not run in Audit Mode you cannot test them after installing them using either of the above methods. I recommend you image your reference Windows 8 / 8.1 as soon as you have entered Audit Mode, test installing your apps, run Sysprep and capture the image restoring it to a test computer to see everything works. If not you can restore the initial image, be back in Audit Mode in a few minutes and try again. See this tutorial at our sister site on how to create a system image in Audit Mode: New Installation: How to Create a General System Image in Audit Mode - Windows 7 Help Forums (tutorial is for Windows 7 but the procedure is the same in 8 / 8.1). In this case however you have to set the the Sysprep options told in tutorial Step 3 to System Cleanup Action: Enter Audit Mode and Shutdown Options: Quit.


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I just had to "refresh" my computer which was painless until I had to spend the next 6 hours re-installing Windows updates, Sony updates and my programs. If I use Macrium Reflect to create a system image will I be able to use that to recover if it happens again?

A:Windows 8.1 creating System Image using Macrium


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I started to use the "Create System Image" of the "Windows 7 File Recovery" on my Windows 8 laptop. But after the screen which flashes the total size that would be required, when I ask it to start the process expecting it to prompt me for the 1st DVD, it flashes the message, - "The back-up failed. The system is not ready. (0x80070015) " . I am trying this on an out-of-the-box laptop with pre-installed Windows 8. Also tried it by disabling the anti-virus, but to no avail.

Then I tried to start the process with a 4.7 GB blank DVD already in place. Then it flashed the message "Insert a blank media bigger than 1 GB". Since I expected it take anywhere between 3-8 DVDs, I kept about 9 DVDs ready. I also inserted a USB pen-drive of 16 GB and tried to create the system image. Again it flashed the same message of insert a blank media greater than 1 GB in F:\ (same drive as USB) -??????? I mean the USB is already in place and has been assigned the drive letter as F:\. How can I insert a blank media there ??

This has me totally puzzled and I would be obliged if someone could throw light on this. I am using Windows 8 Single Language. I was able create a repair disc without issues, though.



A:Issues while creating Windows 8 System Image

Have you followed this tutorial?
System Image - Create in Windows 8

Also, how large is the backup you are making? I've generally only had good luck with the inbox Windows Backup utility when backing up to a second physical hard disk. If you need to do anything more than this very basic, consider something like Macrium reflect. Searching the eightforums.com site will net you posts relating to making system backups of Windows 8, for what it may be worth to you.

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Hi, I have a laptop that runs Windows 8 (64 bit), and the hard drive is apparently a dynamic (as opposed to basic) disk. My problem comes when I try to make a backup image of my active drive. I know a lot of backup software has troubles making an image of a dynamic disk. Now after researching, I know that Windows 8 comes with its own imaging tool, "Windows 7 File Recovery". I tried to create a basic partition, and used the file recovery tool to create an image file, but the file would not be saved, maybe because the partition itself is on the same dynamic hard-drive (the error said something about the partition not being large enough etc... even though I made it 40GB).

My question is, is the native system imaging tool of Windows 8 unable to copy a dynamic drive, or is it because I need to save the image file to some place other than the hard drive (maybe a whole bunch of DVDs, since it is an option). The last computer that I own is as old as a dinosaur, so I really did not keep up with all these advancement- I just feel that dynamic format is a beast to work with. Any help in the matter is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A:creating a system image of Windows 8 on a dynamic disk

Making a backup to an external USB disk (relatively cheap) or even to DVDs is always a good idea anyway , otherwise , if the internal disk goes down , you've lost your backup...

I make 3 backups , 1 on a seperate internal disk , then copy that to my networked storage drive (kept elsewhere in the house) and also to an external ESATA drive.

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I've been trying to create system image backups using the Windows backup utility. (A waste of time, perhaps, since I have Acronis TI 2015 that seems to work without any problem, but I consider this part of getting familiar with Windows 10.)

The backup creation worked fine on a relatively new PC, but it hangs up on an older PC. It doesn't show any errors; it just stops doing I/O. I tried it twice. It got farther the 2nd time according to the progress bar, but both hung up. The process was awake enough to notice I had clicked on Cancel so that the progress window said "Stopping", but that hung. So I decided to shut down Windows. That hung ... but it did mention that an Acronis function was still active and would end in 2 minutes. That message went away (after about 2 minutes) the the Shutting down screen never went away so I eventually powered off.

Anyone else have a problem like this?

A:Problems creating Windows system image backups

There were many reports of Windows 10 imaging not working correctly. In your case, I would use Acronis. I use free Macrium.

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I am attemptin to make a backup image of my hard drive. The new Image will be complied on an external hard. The drive has a 1TB Capacity with 450 Gigs free. I am receiving an error code during the image compilation stating that there is a problem with the I/O device. I ran chkdsk and found no problems. I also switched USB ports just to rule that out. I have used this same external hard drive to image a different laptop with no issues last week. My next approach would be to try this in safe mode. When I am in safe mode, I cannot find the location of the software which windows uses to create the image. I typed the location into the address bar and it pulled up a link in the address bar which took me back to the control panel. Can anyone tell me if this is possible to do in safe mode and if not, what my next step would be.

Windows error:
The Operation failed due to a device error encountered with either the source or destination. If the source or destination volume is on a disk, run CHKDSK/R on the source or destination volume and then retry the operation. (0x8078012D)

Additional Information:
The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error (0x8007045D)

Any help is greatly appreciated. I would rather use the windows software. Last time I used a third party I was messing around with 3. When it came time to use it, I could not figure out how to get it done. With Windows, I won't run into that problem of finding the software when I need to restore a drive.... Read more

A:Creating a system image in safe mode with Windows 7

1) Save Data on external and format external.
2) Manually backup data on source PC and reinstall OS (Format Hard Drive before reinstallation)

Others may have different thoughts on this, but that's what I would do.

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64 on a Lenovo T430u, and I would love to reinstall a clean copy of Windows without all the bloatware that came preinstalled (not to mention the ~15G of recovery partitions). But I do want to create an image of the OEM partitions in case I need to revert the drive to factory status at some point in the future.

I am running Windows "Create a system image" tool right now, and I did select all three partitions for it to back up (System_drv, Windows7_OS, and Lenovo_Recovery). I have never used Windows-made images before, so I want to be sure that this is essentially an image of the whole drive (including MBR, etc), so when the time comes if I need to restore to factory settings I can do so by restoring this image and the three partitions. Is this the case?

I'm also installing Macrium free at the moment if that would be a better tool for this job.

thanks. I attached a screenshot of Disk Management if that is needed. You can ignore the Blue ( D: ) drive as that's my external USB backup drive.

A:Creating system image of all partitions with Windows Backup

I would use Macrium. It is more robust. Just check all partitions or the whole disk. Make yourself a WinPE recovery CD also. Here is a tutorial that may be helpful.

Imaging with free Macrium

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Need help with a Windows backup problem.

I'm trying to create a system image of my OS drive (C). This is an SSD drive. Anyway whenever I attempt to create the image, Windows Backup automatically selects my game drive (M) along with C drive and I can?t deselect it. In short I have no choice but to have both drives selected.

Now, I do have the MBR on the "C" drive and there are no boot records, files, or folders of any kind on the "M" drive. Yes, I have show all hidden files and folders in folder view enabled.

And to double check that C doesn?t need M, I?ve physically removed it and all other drives from the system, and C boots up just fine.

Also, there are no other OS?s loaded into the boot loader, just Window 7. I?ve even used this fix again just be sure everything was on C drive - Boot loader on separate partition?

BTW I did create a system image of just C drive by leaving the other drives disconnected, after which I re-connected the drives, tried to create another system image and yes, Windows Backup is STILL insisting on adding the M drive as well.

Anyone have any thoughts on what?s going on? It?s really annoying.


A:Issue with Windows Backup creating System Image

I gave up with windows image and now use this;

Free Backup Software for Hard Drive System Backup and Restore. Backup freeware for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows 7/XP/Vista and Linux - EASEUS


No problems since.

Regards....Mike Connor

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My laptop has been backing up once a week fine (except for an error about a missing file that is on the target drive, not the backup drive) for months. In the past few days, it has suddenly failed with repeated attempts to backup, it always stalls at 57% while creating a system image. I've tried a clean boot, same results. I'm backing up to a network drive (USB hard drive attached to the router), 274GB free of 458 total, and the total backup size has been pretty small as no heavy data is kept on the computer.

Lenovo SL510
Windows 7 Professional

Any thoughts on why the sudden failure?

A:Windows backup stalls when creating a system image.

I had this problem, and following advice on another forum, I plugged my Usb3 portable hard drive into a Usb2 slot instead. It then worked, don't know why!

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I have 3 identical PCs with 2 partitions: C and D.
I created a system image for one PC, C only.
But when I restore that system image into the other 2 PCs (using Wind7 DVD), it formats both C and D and restore.

The problem is that I have data on D and I don't want it to be formatted. I only want to restore the C image.

Please advise.

Thank you

A:Windows 7 / Creating a system image: formatting all partitions!!

Hello jsmlb and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not an expert at anything. So maybe some other Forum experts will jump in with their opinions. But I think I see a problem with what you're trying to do.

You say you have 3 identical computers. I don't think they are identical. They each have a motherboard with a unique serial number. The hard drives have unique serial numbers. So do the RAM modules. The C: partition most likely contains the operating system and it is tied to the first computer you installed it in through those unique serial numbers of the motherboard, etc. I don't think it would be that easy to copy a C: partition from one computer and be able to install it on another computer because of the possibility of piracy issues.

I also think there's another consideration as to where on the hard drive the copied C: partition would start and end. For example, when I use Macrium to make an image of my C: partition, it shows me a starting sector and an ending sector on the hard drive. Just as an example, perhaps my Reserved Partition starts at Sector 100 and ends at Sector 2500 (these are not the actual sector numbers.) My C: partition would start at Sector 2501 and end at Sector 346,213. My D: partition would start at Sector 346,214 and end at whatever. The point being, if I'm reinstalling just my C: partition, it would HAVE to "fit" exactly and not overlap onto any other sectors. Do all 3 of your "identical" computers have the exact same starting a... Read more

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I'm not sure I'm putting this in the correct Forum category. Sorry if this is not correct. EDIT: Actually I'm sure this is wrong. How would I move it to the correct place and what is the correct place?

I have been searching the internet and have watched several videos but I am still having trouble figuring out the following.

I want to create an OEM Windows 10 image for my company. It should have certain programs pre-installed and the user profiles should automatically have certain settings already set the way I want them. I am using Windows 10 Home and many of these computers will
end up on being sold as part of our product controlling machinery and for the most part will be off of any network when deployed.

This is the procedure I have been using:
1. Boot off a flash drive with the Windows 10 image downloaded directly from Microsoft.
2. Go into Audit Mode and install certain programs. (The part I am having trouble with is customizing the user profile settings and have them transfer over to the OEM image).
3. When I am done making my changes in Audit Mode, I sysprep and shutdown.
4. Boot from the USB drive again and press Shift+F10 to get a Windows PE command prompt.
5. Use dism to create a install.esd file on the hard drive.
6. Boot from the hard drive again to transfer the install.esd to the flash drive in the sources folder.
7. Install Windows 10 from the flash drive again using the new install.esd file.

As stated in my procedure I am having troubl... Read more

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So I've been asked to research Win7 images and the best way to create and deploy them. We don't have MDT 2010 up yet, so I'm stuck using a custom install.wim along w/ the unattend.xml file.

Question #1

How can you stop Win7 OOBE welcome screen from making you create a local user account? After Win7 finishes its text based setup, I want it to boot into Windows as Admin bypassing the welcome screen (create user/change PC name). This way desktop support can -

1. Change the PC name
2. Join the domain, reboot, and be done
3. End user logs in, process complete

There is no need for them to do a Audit mode w/ reboot. The domain accounts already exist. I don't want local users being created.

In Win XP you could edit the sysprep.inf so that you had -


Which would allow you to log in as admin the first time after sysprep, join the domain, etc. How do you do this w/ Win7? I can only get it to log in as admin in systemAudit mode, I want to do it in OOBE.

Hopefully I just missed something. Like I said, I'm new to automating Win7 setup.

A:Windows 7 AutoUnattend.xml - User & PC Name

I was able to successfully solve this exact problem by looking at this website:

Sysprep a Windows 7 Machine

With the unattend.xml file that I have, it prompts for a PC name first thing, then creates the local administrator account and automatically logs in one time, joins to the domain via my JOINDOMAIN.VBS script, installs our AntiVirus program, installs out network management agent, and activates windows automatically with KMS. Then it ends by initiating a system reboot with a 10 minute timeout clock. That way if an admin has to leave the machine during the imaging process, it won't stay logged in to the local admin account. So what you are asking about is definitely possible. Just make sure your unattend.xml file is built correctly.

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Hi, I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) and Ubuntu dual booted on my Dell XPS M1530. Everytime I run it, it locks up at about the half way point then it freezes. Then I have to hard shutdown the system. It does this everytime, do I need to uninstall Ubuntu? Can anybody help me out with this? Thanks

A:Creating System Image with Windows 7/Ubuntu dual boot


It doesn't sound like Ubuntu is causing the problem, as long as you're booted into Windows okay.

Try saving the backup in a different location. You may also test the drive you are saving to: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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 Folks, I try loading a Windows 7 x64 Enterprise image DVD on the M910 - it gets to the Windows setup screen and just freezes!  It will now allow me to go any further. I have tried different ports for the keyboard and mouse - no luck. This machine does have the 1 TB SATA drive and we are hoping to install a 256 SSD for the OS drive at some point. Just need to get a functioning OS on this box. It is a Win 10 downgrade machine and supports Windows 7. USB 3.0 driver? Please advise. Thanks in advance. John

A:Need assistance in creating Windows 7 x64 Enterprise image for M910 (10MM002RUS)

I think that system has only USB 3.1 ports, so you will have to use this utility from Intel to bundle the USB 3.0 drivers into your installation media so your keyboard and mouse are recognized, of if it has the optional rear PS/2 ports, dig out an old keyboard and mouse.. Windows 7* USB 3.0 Creator Utilityhttps://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/25476/Windows-7-USB-3-0-Creator-Utility Cheers,

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I really don't know the best way to phrase this situation but here goes... the QUESTION part should have been last but in case you don't want to read the background (or don't need to) I put it first.


How can I make a System Image of a secondary hard drive? I.e. one that is not currently running Windows and is instead connected as an additional local disk (so, for example, have Windows running off of the C drive but make a System Image of the D drive, which also has a Windows partition).


One of my desktop's hard drives failed last week. It can't load windows, but it can appear as another local disk when plugged into another desktop (via SATA cable) AND I can still access the files on the failed hard drive this way. I was able to transfer my essential files (documents, schoolwork, music, etc...) but I know that when I get a new hard drive, install Windows, and transfer my stuff back, I'll still be missing a lot of "program files" type of stuff. (Again, don't know how to say this... I mean like system-specific runtime files and registry entries, maybe?)

One example of this a DJ software that makes playlist files with music and integrated transitions, effects, etc... however the software must have access to the music index/path to manipulate the songs within the program and playlist files. The playlist files are proprietary to the system on which they were first created (in this case on the now-failed hard drive), so when I tried to... Read more

A:Creating System Image (Backup) on the non-Windows Hard Drive

You might want to give this great program a go:
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
Once you make an image you can mount it and extract what you want. If your old HDD has corruptions and in particular file system corruptions you may have problems but it's worth a go.
This tutorial may help
Imaging with free Macrium

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I created an answer file in Windows SIM.
When I install system disabled features are still there.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--Windows 7 HOMEPREMIUM Audit Mode-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<package action="configure">
<assemblyIdentity name="Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package" version="6.1.7601.17514" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="" />
<selection name="InboxGames" state="false" />
<selection name="MediaPlayback" state="false" />
<selection name="MSRDC-Infrastructure" state="false" />
<selection name="Printing-XPSServices-Features" state="false" />
<selection name="SimpleTCP" state="true" />
<selection name="TabletPCOC" state="false" />
<selection name="TelnetClient" state="true" />
<selection name="WindowsGadgetPlatform" state="false" />
<selection name="Xps-Foundation-Xps-Viewer" state="false" />
Did anyone try to change <package action> value?
I don't know... setting ... Read more

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I'm having issues with my autounattend.xml, it errors out on <DiskConfiguration>
This xml if for BIOS not UEFI, so I have two partitions that Pass 1 creates, System and OS.
During test deployments WinPE is complaining about TypeID for Partition 1 which is the 250MB system partition. 
When I look at MS documentation the only TypeId for BIOS that exists is for OEM and recovery partitions.
Here is my <DiskConfiguration> component.
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<Disk wcm:action="add">
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<Type>Primary</Type> ... Read more

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Hey guys,

I have a laptop with a 500GB HDD of which approx 70GB i is used space

I am wanting to install an SSD in place of the HDD.

Can i create an image of my HDD using Win7 backup and restore and copy this over to the new SSD without any issues?

Someone told me that my SSD may not be able to tell the difference between used space and free space if i do it this way


A:Creating system image of HDD for re-image to SSD

I wouldn't trust the Windows image system, but rather this:
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

Or this with a free program, Macrium Reflect.
Imaging with free Macrium
the better way though with a new SSD is to do a clean install after making a back up of all your data, disconnect all other disk drives though.

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Where will I find the KB (or similar) document "Creating a System Image" for Windows 7 Professional?
Tom G.

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the title says it all .
I've encountered this problem lately last month .
Is it possible to fix .
Or is it Microsoft's Problem .. ?
need your help
Franz .

A:Creating a new user account results to black screen

Hello Franz,

You might consider refreshing Windows 8 to see if that may help.

Refresh Windows 8

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I get sent a spreadsheet, which has loads of data in, which is used, but i want to add a new sheet into the workbook called say "ratio", based on a sheet I can create "sales "and uses one of the existing sheets "customers" sent to me. with the minimum work

So i have attached an example of the one sheet I get sent (remember this is in a workbook with lots of other sheets and data - which needs to be kept) "customer"

I then have a sheet of sales with a similar layout

column A will have some of the same names in my sales sheet
so I update my sales into a "sales" sheet for the latest week, and copy the sheet into the workbook i have been sent

i now want a new sheet created which will
look at the names in columnA of "sales" and where they match the name in columnA of "customers " then on a new sheet called "ratio"do a calculation for the rows that have the same dates in


I need to update and repeat this process every week.

Any help please

A:excel creating a new sheet based on results from two sheets

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Original post and info hereDDS log, as per instructionsDDS (Ver_09-05-14.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Stephanie Hairston at 8:56:37.67 on Thu 05/28/2009Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.511.254 [GMT -4:00]============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcssvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Apoint\Apoint.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\pctspk.exeC:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\DSentry.exeC:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exeC:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\SHSTAT.EXEC:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\UpdaterUI.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Network Associates\TalkBack\TBMon.exeC:\Program Files\Verizon\McciTrayApp.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exeC:\Program Files\Apoint\Apntex.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exesvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exeC:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework... Read more

A:"Bad image" / "not a valid Windows image" error

Update: fixed!

I appreciate that y'all help folks for free on here, but nonetheless got a little bit impatient looking at a possible week's waiting time, messed around a bit and what I did ended up fixing it. Hopefully sharing this info here may help others with this same issue.

After running multiple antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-spyware scans that still didn't fix it, what ended up working was running sfc\ scannow to scan and repair system files and deleting the dll file mentioned in the error message (and that folks here said looked like a malware / spyware generated dll rather than an authentic file), mswnlwkl.dll. I no longer get the error and now Firefox works just fine again.

My best guess was that it wasn't a malware that was generating the error messages, but rather one of the spyware or antivirus programs I used deleted a virus that had changed some information somewhere in the registry or a DLL file (or whatever), and that was calling on this rogue DLL file that Windows couldn't recognize. Basically a virus was removed but left behind traces that screwed with some of the system files.

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