Silently Installing the Windows 7 AIK

So I’m working on some automated lab build “stuff” and I tried to silently install the Windows 7 AIK using a simple call to msiexec. Apparently there is something built into the Windows 7 AIK MSI package that prevents it from being installed non-interactively. This is a bit frustrating. Upon execution of the msiexec command, … Read moreSilently Installing the Windows 7 AIK

Windows 7 – WaitFor.exe

So I just randomly came across this utility built into Windows 7 that simply sends or waits for a signal (message). This could be useful for batch scripts that need to wait for something to happen on a local (or remote) machine. Here is the help output from the command: C:UsersAdministrator>waitfor /? WaitFor has two … Read moreWindows 7 – WaitFor.exe

WinPE 3.0 Storage Driver Issues

I was using the 8.9.2.1002 iaAHCI driver (dated 08/07/2009) from Intel in WinPE 3.0, on a Lenovo T60 (and other models), and when I tried to browse the fixed disk (c:), I get this message: “The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that … Read moreWinPE 3.0 Storage Driver Issues

MDT 2010 Driver Injection Slowness

After upgrading from MDT 2008 to 2010, I recently experienced an issue with MDT / WinPE 3.0 that was simply a driver issue. The initial symptom reported to me was: Driver detection / copying (ZTIDrivers.wsf) is taking a long time in WinPE on a Lenovo T60. The build completed, but hung on the driver injection … Read moreMDT 2010 Driver Injection Slowness

Deployment Workbench: Windows Imaging Error

I just installed the Windows AIK for Windows7, and MDT 2010 on my 64-bit Windows 7 Release Candidate system, and attempted to open the Deployment Workbench. It opened just fine, but when I selected the Deployment Shares node in the snap-in, I got this error: “The file C:Windowssystem32wimgapi.dll(version 6.1.7100.0 (winmain_win7rc.090421-1700)) is older than the installed Windows … Read moreDeployment Workbench: Windows Imaging Error