Quick way to create bootable USB version of Client Restore CD RRS feed

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  • I needed to restore a laptop which had no optical drive, and didn't want to wait to get one from the office.  On a whim, I grabbed my handy 32-bit Microsoft System Sweeper bootable USB stick, replaced BOOT.WIM with BOOT.WIM from the CD ISO, and it worked like a charm.

    System Sweeper:  http://connect.microsoft.com/systemsweeper

    If you don't have a handy tool to open ISO files, I use CloneDrive from:  http://www.elby.ch/fun/software/index.html

    Rather old, and doesn't mention Windows after XP, but seems to work fine on anything I've tried it on.

    So, to recap:  create a 32-bit SystemSweeper USB drive, then substitute the BOOT.WIM from your WHS (pre-2011) restore CD, and you've got a bootable restore USB stick.

    (and, for those who haven't hit this yet, remember to grab VISTA 32-bit drivers for the nic in your 64 bit client before proceeding with the restore!)


    Bill Sanderson

    Bill Sanderson
    Thursday, November 17, 2011 3:37 AM