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Append a Volume Image to an Existing Image

ImageX is a command-line tool that enables the creation of Windows image (.wim) files for deployment in a manufacturing or corporate IT environment. The /append option appends a volume image to an existing .wim file. It creates a single instance of the file, comparing it against the resources that already exist in the .wim file, so you do not capture the same file twice.

Prerequisites

Before you can append data to an image, you must perform the following tasks:

  1. Install Windows OPK tools or Windows AIK tools on your technician computer. For more information, see Building a Technician Computer.
  2. Capture and optionally compress your installation to an image file with the ImageX tool. For more information, see Capture an Image.

To append a volume image to an existing image

  1. On your technician computer, at a command prompt, open the ImageX directory. For example,
    c:\Program Files\<version>\Tools\<arch>
    
    where <version> can be Windows OPK or Windows AIK and <arch> can be x86, amd64, or ia64.
  2. Append a volume image to an existing image. For example,
    imagex /append d: d:\imaging\data.wim "Drive D" /verify
    
    Optionally, you can set the following options: /boot, /check, /config, /scroll, and /verify. For more information about these options, see ImageX Command-Line Options.

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