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Windows 7: ImageX - Create an ISO from a VHD

17 Jun 2009   #1
Orbital Shark

 
 
ImageX - Create an ISO from a VHD

With all the latest leaks i thought i'd post this 'How To' to help people who want an ISO but have to wait for 1 to be created and uploaded.

Cashis
for the kickstart and final test, and
SoLoR
for the command line options.
ikilledkenny
for creating the tutorial

You will need to download & extract imagex.zip
Note   Note
It's best to extract to C:\ as this is the easiest destination to navigate to

Firstly:

Follow the instructions Here on how to attatch a VHD file.

Step 1: Modify existing ISO

1, Open an elevated command prompt, type cmd into the Start Menu, when it appears right-click and select 'Run as Administrator' then agree to any UAC prompt.
Type the following once Command Prompt is open
Code:
c:
cd\
imagex /compress maximum /flags "Ultimate" /capture x: c:\install.wim "Windows 7 Ultimate"
X is the drive of the newly attathed VHD
This will now begin creating a new install.wim file.

2, Now open an ISO editing application (UltraISO is a good 1, you may need to search for 'free ISO editors') and open an ISO file for a previous build of Windows 7 (e.g. 7201). Navigate to \Sources and locate install.wim and delete it, then add the newly created file to the ISO in \Sources.

3, Save the ISO, burn a disk image and boot from it. You will notice that the install is for the previous build but the files and arhitecture are for the latest build.
Note   Note
Unregistered ISO editors can only save 300MB, that is why a search for 'free ISO editors' is needed


Step 2: Extract & re-burn ISO

Follow the instructions in Convert a VHD File to a ISO File kindly created by ikilledkenny
information   Information
The only ISOs that work with the 7260 VHD seem to be 7201 & 7100, so if you have that, the 'How To' should work

Note   Note
ISOs made with 7100 can only be upgraded by running the setup.exe in compatability mode for Vista





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17 Jun 2009   #2
Cashis

Windows 7 (x64)
 
 

Great work mate top Post works 100% and very easy.Thanks again
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17 Jun 2009   #3
andythecurefan

7 Pro Build 7600.16385x64 [2.0 WEI]
 
 

i will try this the next time a VHD gets leaked. thank you.
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17 Jun 2009   #4
G2gCya

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

does the software i installed still remain in the vhd? so i can make a vhd and convert it into iso, does this mean that when i do a window 7 setup using my iso, all the software i had installed will be preinstalled?
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17 Jun 2009   #5
Shak 10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 RC X64
 
 

Good post should help Noobies alot
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17 Jun 2009   #6
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by G2gCya View Post
does the software i installed still remain in the vhd? so i can make a vhd and convert it into iso, does this mean that when i do a window 7 setup using my iso, all the software i had installed will be preinstalled?
Unfortunately not, only the Windows specific files will be extracted, sorry.
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17 Jun 2009   #7
Orbital Shark

 
 

information   Information
The only ISOs that work with the 7260 VHD seem to be 7201 & 7100, so if you have that, the 'How To' should work

Note   Note
ISOs made with 7100 cannot be upgraded, only clean installs work
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17 Jun 2009   #8
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Very helpful, thanks Orbital Shark. +Rep
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17 Jun 2009   #9
Penryn

 
 

will try it once im finished with the downloads
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17 Jun 2009   #10
njel

Windows 7 Build 7232 x64 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
information   Information
The only ISO that works with the 7260 VHD is 7100, so if you have that, the 'How To' should work

Note   Note
ISOs made this way cannot be upgraded, only clean installs work
I have done it with the ISO 7201 and a new install in a VM.
I an trying to upgrade now a 7201 VM with the same ISO based on the 7201 ISO and 7260 VHD.
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