This tutorial will help you in creating a single setup DVD for Windows Vista x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) editions.
- WAIK (Windows Automation Installation Kit)
- Windows Vista x86 and Windows Vista x64 DVDs.
- Dual Layer DVD and compatible DVD Burner and software (like Nero or ImgBurn)
Lets come to the point and start the tutorial:
We will merge Vista x64 editions into Vista x86 DVD, because Vista x64 DVD has 64-bit contents that can't run under Win32 mode but Vista x86 content can run under 64-bit environment easily. One more thing Vista x64 DVD has only four editions, so we'll have to execute less commands.
1. Install WAIK in your Windows (doesn't matter whether you are running Windows Vista or XP).
2. Make two folders, say Vistax64 and Vista-All and copy both Vista setup DVDs of x64 and x86 versions correspondingly.
3. Run WAIK command prompt (Run As Administrator if UAC enabled):
Start >> All Programs >> Windows AIK >> Windows AIK and PE Command Prompt
4. Each and every Vista edition has an index no. in the install.wim (WIM file), you can check using the following command:
Imagex.exe /info E:\Vista-All\Sources\install.wim
It display the results as shown in above screenshot. Here INDEX=1 denotes Vista Business and so on.
5. Execute the following command with appropriate INDEX no. to export a copy of the specified image to another WIM file. (Vista x64 to Vista x86)
For Vista Business x64:
Imagex.exe /export E:\Vistax64\Sources\install.wim 1 E:\Vista-All\Sources\install.wim "Windows Vista Business x64"
For Vista Home Basic x64:
Imagex.exe /export E:\Vistax64\Sources\install.wim 2 E:\Vista-All\Sources\install.wim "Windows Vista Home Basic x64"
For Vista Home Premium x64:
Imagex.exe /export E:\Vistax64\Sources\install.wim 3 E:\Vista-All\Sources\install.wim "Windows Vista Home Premium x64"
For Vista Ultimate x64:
Imagex.exe /export E:\Vistax64\Sources\install.wim 4 E:\Vista-All\Sources\install.wim "Windows Vista Ultimate x64"
6. After execution of above commands Vista-All's WIM file will be the universal WIM file that contains all version of Vista. You can also export your desired version only. I have made a Vista DVD, which includes Vista Ultimate x86 and x64 version only. It fits in single layer DVD too.
7. Now the time to make bootable DVD image, Microsoft ships oscdimg.exe, a command line tool to make CD/DVD images with WAIK. Here is a single command that makes Vista Bootable DVD ISO image:
Oscdimg.exe –u2 –bE:\Vista-All\Boot\etfsboot.com –lVista-All_DVD –g –t07/27/2008,05:30:00 –h E:\Vista-All E:\Vista-All.ISO
- –u2 >> makes UDF file system for iso image
- –b >> refers boot image file which is used to create boot sector in DVD or image
- –l >>labels DVD or image
- –g >> makes all times encoded in GMT for the image
- –t >>date and time
- –h >> includes all hidden files and directories under the source path for this image
8. Now burn the ISO image in a DVD corresponding to image file size.
This tutorial has been compiled by "Ramesh Kumar" (Fellow MVP). So all credit goes to him.