How to Create a WDS Bootable Capture Disk

Written by jim campbell
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Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a network service used to deploy Windows operating systems such as Vista or Windows 7. Before you can distribute an operating system, the system must be able to boot, so you can connect to it from the WDS server. You create a WDS bootable capture disc using the Vista or Windows 7 installation DVD.

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Things you need

  • Windows Vista or 7 installation DVD
  • CD disc or floppy disk

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  1. 1

    Insert the installation DVD into the drive. If you have a second CD-ROM drive, insert your CD into the drive. If not, insert a blank floppy disk into the drive.

  2. 2

    Click the Windows "Start" button on your WDS server. Click "Administrative Tools," then click "Windows Deployment Services." Your utility opens.

  3. 3

    Click the icon labelled "Boot Images" on the left pane. In the centre detail pane, double-click "Add Boot Image." A window opens. Click the "Browse" button and select your Windows installation DVD drive letter. Click "Next."

  4. 4

    Click "Browse" on the next window. Select the location where you want to save the capture boot file. Click "Next." Type a description and a name for the file and click "Next." Click "Finish" on the final screen to complete the file creation.

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