Deploy an Image from a USB Flash Drive Using ImageX

Deploy an Image from a USB Flash Drive Using ImageX (Standard 8)


Learn how to deploy your Windows Embedded 8 Standard (Standard 8) image using a USB flash drive and ImageX.

Windows Embedded 8 Standard (Standard 8) allows you to create images that can be stored on, deployed, and started from USB flash drives. Because the UFD deployment method is completely manual, it is slower than a network-based deployment method. However, UFD deployment enables a high degree of manual customization, and also can enable you to build multiple identical computers quickly.

If you deploy an image that has not been prepared with Sysprep onto a bootable utility USB flash drive, the performance of the USB flash drive is greatly reduced during the first two boot instances. This compromised performance occurs because the nonRemovable key is not created in the Windows registry during the boot instance.

  1. From the USB flash drive, boot your device to Windows PE.

    The Standard 8 setup process performs several verifications that rely on your device's date and time settings. For optimal performance, ensure that your device is set to the correct date and time.
  2. To start the DiskPart command-line tool on your device, type the following command at the command prompt:

    A single-partition setup is not supported if the BitLocker feature is included in the image.
  3. To determine the disk number and device size to use for the next step, type the following command at the diskpart prompt:

    list disk
  4. Use the DiskPart tool to partition and format your device’s drive and make it bootable by typing each of the following commands at the command prompt. In the following commands, replace <disk_number> with the disk number of your device’s drive, replace <device_size> with the capacity of your device’s drive (in MB), and replace <partition_number> with the number of the partition on which you want to install. In most cases, the partition number is 1. Verify that each command succeeds before typing the next one.

    select disk <disk_number>
    create partition primary size=<device_size>
    select partition <partition_number>
    format fs=ntfs quick
  5. To install an image to your device from the .wim file on the USB flash drive, type the following command at the command prompt, replacing <drive_letter> with the drive letter of the USB flash drive:

    <drive_letter>:\imagex /check /verify /apply <drive>:\MyImage.wim 1 C:\
    Because .wim files can contain more than one image, be sure that the index of the image you are applying is the correct one.
  6. From the command prompt, use the BCDBoot tool to update the BCD store on your device, as follows:

    bcdboot C:\windows /s C:
  7. From the command prompt, reboot your device. The Windows installation continues after the reboot until the image is completely installed.

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