I thought I would have a go at this before
carrying out my proposed Windows reinstallation just to see if I can actually get to the programs on the discs.
Not very successful so far I'm afraid. The first video says to download the automated installation kit for Windows Vista SP1
and that we will be told why he chose that one later. But then he doesn't explain why! Because I have Windows 7 I downloaded the automated installation kit for Windows 7
. Unfortunately this version of the installation kit does not have a wimfltr.inf file in C:\Program Files\WindowsAIK\Tools\amd64 so I was not able to right-click on it and install.
However I carried on (thinking that maybe the wimfltr.inf file was already installed and ready to go in the Windows 7 version of the automated installation kit). I added the WIM tools folder to the system variables PATH rather than the user variables, as there was no PATH listed for the latter.
I copied all the base*.wim files from the four recovery DVDs' preload folders plus the base.wim file from the first DVD into a folder on my hard drive. But then after cd'ing into that folder and running the command:
imagex /export /ref *.wim base.wim 1 exported.wim "exported"
I received an error message:
'imagex' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
So, should I in fact have downloaded the AIK for Windows Vista SP1, even though I am running Windows 7?