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#1 r_spack

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:59 PM

Hello I have a noob question. Does Gimagex have a format option? So far, I cannot find it. Do I have to go back to Imagex for it?

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 12:21 AM

You can't format with either one, what exactly do you want to do?

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:16 AM

What I exactly want to do is apply my image onto C:. I found that it was not how products like Acronis do, it just replaced files. When I say format, I mean wipe clean using

format c: /q /y in Imagex.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:22 AM

Nevermind nevermind. I guess I'll be using the command line instead of gui now.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:47 AM

When I say format, I mean wipe clean using

format c: /q /y in Imagex.

Format is a separate tool http://ss64.com/nt/format.html

General info on ImageX:
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http://technet.micro...y/cc507842.aspx

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:52 AM

Here is another question. How can I switch from Gimagex to Imagex while still in the windows pe environment?

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:56 AM

Gimagex is simply a GUI (frontend) for Imagex.exe which is command-line tool. You don't need to switch between them, just use GUI and/or CLI as needed.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:21 AM

Where would I press in the gui of imagex to get into command line?

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:09 AM

Hmmm, you're not understanding... command-line tools are run from a command-line interface i.e. black box with text only, you open it in Windows by typing cmd in Start Run open dialog. Most command-line tools you can only run from command-line interface (CLI) but in some cases, a graphic user interface is developed e.g. for use in Windows so that you don't need to run the tool from CLI (but you still can if needed). In other words, it's your choice to use one or the other (or both) but there's no reason to access Imagex (command-line) from inside Gimagex (GUI). If you need imagex from command-line, open a command interface ;)

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:30 PM

Here's what I'm dealing with. I built a simple PE with Windows AIK and included only Imagex and Gimagex. I set it automatically to run Gimagex and now I want to return to command line, but how? If I did not set Gimagex to automatically run, I'd be brought to command line which I can type in after a minute or two. My question is, while in the PE environment, how would I switch to from gui to command line?

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 09:54 PM

There must be a command window running in the background, regardless of what tool is open at the moment. Maybe it's hidden but if this PE has a command shell (unlike Explorer shell of LiveXP, Win7PE etc.), it must be active or the PE shuts down. Just close or move the Gimagex program and enter what you want in the (already open) command window.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 11:19 PM

It's a Win7PE. When I boot into it, Windows 7 logo appears, loads, and jumps straight to Gimagex. If I close it, reboot occurs. Is there somewhere or something I must press to bring out the command window?

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 12:12 AM

Hmmm, I guess I know the type of PE you're describing but I need more info on your project; a link to download the base would help. I need to know which shell script(s) you've selected and how you've setup Gimagex as your 'shell' so I can reproduce the boot image and play with it a bit. Can I ask why you set it up this way with such limited options?

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 02:56 AM

My sole purpose is to use the PE for backup purposes. I know I can do better with products like Ghost and Acronis but I'm just fiddling. In Program Files I copy the x86 of the Tools directory from AIK that includes Imagex and add Gimagex. I set Gimagex to run when I get into the PE by winpeshL.ini

[Launch Apps]
%PROGRAMFILES%gimagexgimagex.exe

This is the only script.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 04:03 AM

Well, just fyi, you still need something like:
<path>rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 <path>wimfltr.inf
or registry setup in a script but I digress.

This is an odd setup, not recommended for Win7PE[_SE]; even a standard (not Winbuilder), WAIK built PE has the option to use command-line. Consider one of the many 'rescue media' options out there, linux based ones are especially fast and lite (30-40MB).

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:13 PM

Ok thanks for the help.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 09:03 PM

My sole purpose is to use the PE for backup purposes. I know I can do better with products like Ghost and Acronis but I'm just fiddling. In Program Files I copy the x86 of the Tools directory from AIK that includes Imagex and add Gimagex. I set Gimagex to run when I get into the PE by winpeshL.ini

[Launch Apps]
%PROGRAMFILES%gimagexgimagex.exe

This is the only script.


after all apps have executed in winpeshl.ini then winpe will restart. To do what you want, modify startnet.cmd which is inside boot.wim in windowssystem32.
see http://technet.micro...156(WS.10).aspx
http://technet.micro...521(WS.10).aspx




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