The case of the missing INSTALL.WIM file...
I just built up a windows 7 netbook for imaging...
My notes to create the install.wim were:
Capture the Image
At this point in the process, you have installed Windows 7 on the reference computer, and you are ready to capture an image of it. You use the bootable UFD you created earlier to start the computer. Additionally, you will capture the image to this UFD. For this reason, you should use a UFD that has a capacity of 8 GB or more to ensure that there is room for both Windows PE and the image you capture.
To capture an image of Windows 7 on the bootable UFD
1. Insert the bootable UFD into a USB port on the reference computer.
2. Turn on the reference computer, and then perform the following tasks:
a. When prompted, open the boot device list. (In most cases, pressing F12 during the basic input/output system [BIOS] splash screen opens the computer’s boot device list.)
b. From the list of boot devices, select the bootable UFD that you inserted in step 1 to start the computer using the bootable UFD.
3. At the command prompt, identify which drive contains Windows 7—typically drive D in Windows PE. To verify this, type dir d:, and then press ENTER.
If you see the Program Files, Users, and Windows folders, drive D contains Windows 7. Otherwise, examine each drive to determine which drive contains Windows 7.
4. At the command prompt, identify which drive is the bootable UFD.
This drive contains Imagex.exe in the root of the drive. It will not be drive X. To determine the drive letter, run dir e:, dir f:, dir g:, and so on until you locate the drive that contains Image.exe in the root.
5. At the command prompt, type one of the commands shown in Table 2, depending on the edition of Windows 7 you are using, and then press ENTER. Substitute the actual drive letter containing Windows 7 for D: and the drive letter containing Image.exe for E: in Table 2.
Table 2. ImageX Commands
Edition ImageX Commands
Enterprise E:\imagex /compress fast /check /flags “Enterprise” /capture D:
E:\install.wim “Windows 7 Enterprise” “Windows 7 Enterprise Custom”
Professional E:\imagex /compress fast /check /flags “Professional” /capture D:
E:\install.wim “Windows 7 Professional” “Windows 7 Professional Custom”
6. Shut down the reference computer, and remove the UFD from its USB port.
This all worked as expected -!
Then I plugged the USB stick in to my PC to copy off the install.wim file - and it's not there :( it's not on the win7 PC either....
I've built this netbook up twice now - as it did it the first time and I presumed I'd done something stupid...
How can imagex go through the motions of creating the install.wim file but it not be there - I even did a dir listing while I was still at the command prompt after imagex finished and it listed the install.wim as being there :(