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#1 sumpm1

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 09:48 PM

Hola, new to the forums.

 

I have a 32GB windows tablet, the asus m80ta (vivotab note 8) and am trying to get wimboot going on it. I am following the following tutorial (or set of tutorials): http://labalec.fr/erwan/?p=1100

 

If you don't want to read the tutorial, here is a summary of the steps:

 

1-Lets make a WINPE out of  windows (7 or 8) iso/dvd (I use QuickPE) .

2-Boot onto this Winpe (I use rufus to « burn » the winpe iso onto USB).

3-Capture the installation : wimcapture.cmd c:\ e:\install.wim --wimboot

4-Format C drive (so that we start from a fresh drive)

5-Apply our wim file (from step 3) to my C drive : wimapply.cmd e:\install.wim c:\ --wimboot

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Okay. So I completed all steps. I have a wim file of my install, called "install.wim" per the instructions, I apply the wim per step 5.

 

When I reboot afterwards, it goes straight to "preparing to automatically repair."

 

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So there is the issue I am having. I appreciate any help anyone can give. And hopefully this will be one thread where simon king does not show up to advertise.

 

Thanks in advance.


Edited by sumpm1, 10 November 2015 - 09:48 PM.


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Posted 11 November 2015 - 06:34 AM

wimcapture.cmd c:\ e:\install.wim --wimboot

Does e: refers to a partition at internal disk?
Does e: refers to a partition at USB disk?

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 08:57 AM

Does e: refers to a partition at internal disk?
Does e: refers to a partition at USB disk?

 

E: refers to my usb stick. (in my case)

 

So I ended up with install.wim on a usb stick. So I successfully (no reported errors at least) captured C:\ into a wim file (install.wim in this case) that resides on a usb stick.

 

And then I run step 5 and apply the wim file to C:\ and again get no errors.

 

But windows will not boot, it goes to "preparing to repair" upon booting.


Edited by sumpm1, 11 November 2015 - 08:58 AM.


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Posted 11 November 2015 - 02:20 PM

Hi,

 

I would put the install.wim on c: and apply it from here to c:.

 

Using a usb key does not sound like a good idea if any possible at all.

 

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 04:23 PM

I would put the install.wim on c: and apply it from here to c:.

 

Using a usb key does not sound like a good idea if any possible at all.

 

Alright. Just so I am totally clear on this. Should install.wim then be placed into the C:\ drive?

 

I have install.wim created and it resides on a usb drive. So from here the correct steps are as follows? Correct me if wrong:

 

1. Format C:\

2. Place install.wim into empty C:\ drive.

3. Run wimapply.cmd c:\install.wim c:\ --wimboot



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 04:48 PM

Alright. Just so I am totally clear on this. Should install.wim then be placed into the C:\ drive?

 

I have install.wim created and it resides on a usb drive. So from here the correct steps are as follows? Correct me if wrong:

 

1. Format C:\

2. Place install.wim into empty C:\ drive.

3. Run wimapply.cmd c:\install.wim c:\ --wimboot

 

Yes, you are correct

Install.wim will be your "core" installation, compressed, saving you lots of space compared to a non wimboot installation.

The differencing files will be put on your C: drive (and not in your install.wim).

Reverting to your core installation will be as easy as re applying install.wim.

 

Your system/hidden part contains your boot manager and will chainload to your C: drive.

 

I did not ask but you need windows 8.1 U1 to use this wimboot feature.



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 06:11 PM

I am running Windows 8.1 Update 3. Will that work?

 

And so in the future if I want to go back to a fresh installation, I just delete all files except install.wim and run wimapply.cmd c:\install c:\ --wimboot?

 

Or is it not necessary to delete other files?



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 06:46 PM

windows 8.1 u1 and up will do.

 

-capture : wimcapture.cmd c:\ e:\install.wim --wimboot

-format c:, move install.wim to c:

-apply : wimapply.cmd c:\install.wim c:\ --wimboot

 

yes, it is recommended to format (or delete all files?) before applying in order to start fresh everytime.

 

you could also put your wim file on another partition but you may not have that option.

 

keep a backup of your wim file (somewhere safe) in case you crash your disk.

 

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pointing for the original wimboot thread for reference.



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 07:57 PM

I don't have another partition. In your opinion, if I were to reinstall again in the future, on this 32gb device, what would be your recommended partition setup?

 

I didn't create any partitions besides c:/ because the drive is so small.

 

If I were to have another partition, I would then have a limited (by the chosen partition size of c:\) amount of space for windows and program files.



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 08:01 PM

For the simplicity of the setup for now, leave install.wim on your c: drive.

Afterwards, if you are happy with the saved space and performance, consider creating a partition equal to the size of your install.wim.

 

Doing so, you will still achieve space saving.



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 08:09 PM

Just so I am totally clear on this. Should install.wim then be placed into the C:\ drive?

It should be placed at the drive containing partition c:
This can be another partition. Remember the same disk.

Yes, C: is fine.
http://reboot.pro/to...e-2#entry183834
 

http://labalec.fr/erwan/?p=1100
Note : e:\ is a second partition on my hard drive.



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 09:51 PM

Alright. Thank you both. I will try this out right now and report back. Once I understand the process, I will be good to go in case I want to try to perfect it in the future. Looks like I can currently save 6gb or more. That makes a big difference on a 32gb drive.



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Posted 12 November 2015 - 03:19 AM

Yes!!! It worked! Do a little danc

 

You guys spotted the problem. Now I know how it works, and I have copy of install.wim stored elsewhere. My 32gb has 20gb free, and I have installed tons of software before creating the wim file. So my wim file is about 6gb (pretty large compared to a fresh install). But I only had about 10gb free before. So I will take the extra 10gb. And it boots up pretty quickly.

 

So awesome. Thank you so much. I hope this thread can help others that may be trying to get this working.







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