30 March 2012

UI Script to create Bootable Thumb Drives using WIM Files

Posted By: Mick Pletcher - 3:07 PM

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I wrote this script to automate the process of creating bootable thumb drives from WIM files. In order for this script to work, WinPE must be installed on the machine and its location specified in the VBScript variable WinPELoc. On my own machine, I used the directory c:\winpe, which is also where you will place the WIM files that will be pushed down to the thumb drive. 


NOTE: In the variable CopyFiles, under the CopyOS procedure, you will see the very end of that line says f:\ before the closing quotation mark. That is the next free drive letter on my machine that windows automatically assigns to the thumb drive when it is plugged back in. It will vary on machines depending on the drive configurations. 



Here is a link to download the VBScript


 '*******************************************************************************  
 '     Program: CreateUSB.vbs  
 '      Author: Mick Pletcher  
 '        Date: 08 February 2010  
 '    Modified:  
 '  
 ' Description: This script creates a bootable USB thumb drive from a WIM file.  
 '              WinPE must be installed on the machine and its directory  
 '              specified in constant WinPELoc with no backslash after it. The  
 '              WIM files reside in the WinPELoc directory for which this script  
 '              reads from. A diskpart script must also be present in the WinPELOC  
 '              directory specifing the parameters for the thumb drive.  
 '              1) Partition and Format the USB Thumb Drive  
 '              2) Select the WIM file  
 '              3) Prompt to remove and reinsert the thumb drive  
 '              4) Copy the OS down to the thumb Drive and prompt when complete  
 '              5) Cleanup Global Variables  
 '*******************************************************************************  
 Option Explicit  

 REM Define Global Constants  
 CONST WinPELoc = "c:\winpe"  

 REM Define Global Variables  
 DIM strImageName : Set strImageName = Nothing  

 PartitionDisk()  
 SelectImage()  
 CopyWIM()  
 PromptThumbRemoval()  
 CopyOS()  
 Complete()  
 GlobalVariableCleanup()  

 '*******************************************************************************  
 '*******************************************************************************  

 Sub PartitionDisk()  

      REM Define Local Objects  
      DIM oShell : SET oShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")  

      REM Define Local Variables  
      DIM PartDisk : PartDisk = "diskpart.exe /s" & Chr(32) & WinPELoc & "\usbpartscript.txt"  

      oShell.Run PartDisk, 1, True  

      REM Cleanup Local Variables  
      Set oShell   = Nothing  
      Set PartDisk = Nothing  

 End Sub  

 '*******************************************************************************  

 Sub SelectImage()  

      REM Define Local Constants  
      CONST ForAppending = 2  
      CONST strComputer  = "."  

      REM Define Local Variables  
      DIM Count      : Count = 1  
      DIM FileName   : Set FileName   = Nothing  
      DIM FileVerify : Set FileVerify  = Nothing  
      DIM objFile    : Set objFile    = Nothing  
      DIM strList    : strList = "Select an Image File:"  

      REM Define Objects  
      DIM objFSO        : Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")  
      DIM objWMIService : Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _  
                          & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")  
      DIM colFileList   : Set colFileList = objWMIService.ExecQuery _  
                          ("ASSOCIATORS OF {Win32_Directory.Name=" & Chr(39) & WinPELoc & Chr(39) & "} Where " _  
                          & "ResultClass = CIM_DataFile")  

      REM Get List of WIM files  
      For Each objFile In colFileList  
           FileVerify = Right(objFile.Name, 3)  
           If FileVerify = "wim" then  
                FileName = Len(objFile.Name)  
                FileName = FileName - 9  
                FileName = Right(objFile.Name, FileName)  
                strList = strList & vbCrLf & Count & " - " & FileName  
                Count = Count + 1  
           End If  
           Set FileVerify = Nothing  
      Next  
      REM Select WIM File  
      strImageName = InputBox(strList, "Image")  
      strImageName = CInt(strImageName)  
      REM ReInitialize Variables  
      Count = 1  
      Set FileName = Nothing  
      Set FileVerify = Nothing  
      Set objFile = Nothing  
      REM Get File Name  
      For Each objFile In colFileList  
           FileVerify = Right(objFile.Name, 3)  
           If FileVerify = "wim" then  
                FileName = Len(objFile.Name)  
                FileName = FileName - 9  
                FileName = Right(objFile.Name, FileName)  
                If Count = strImageName then  
                     strImageName = FileName  
                End If  
                Count = Count + 1  
           End If  
           Set FileVerify = Nothing  
      Next  

      REM Cleanup Local Variables  
      Set colFileList   = Nothing  
      Set Count         = Nothing  
      Set FileName      = Nothing  
      Set FileVerify    = Nothing  
      Set objFile       = Nothing  
      Set objFSO        = Nothing  
      Set objWMIService = Nothing  
      Set strList       = Nothing  

 End Sub  

 '*******************************************************************************  

 Sub CopyWIM()  

      REM Define Local Objects  
      DIM oShell : SET oShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")  

      REM Define Local Variables  
      DIM CopyFile : CopyFile = "xcopy" & Chr(32) & WinPELoc & "\" & strImageName & Chr(32) & WinPELoc & "\iso\sources\boot.wim /y"  

      oShell.Run CopyFile, 1, True  

      REM Cleanup Local Variables  
      Set CopyFile = Nothing  
      Set oShell   = Nothing  

      End Sub  

 '*******************************************************************************  

 Sub PromptThumbRemoval()  

      MsgBox("Remove and Re-enter USB Thumb Drive. Press any key to continue")  

 End Sub  

 '*******************************************************************************  

 Sub CopyOS()  

      REM Define Local Objects  
      DIM oShell : SET oShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")  

      REM Define Local Variables  
      DIM CopyFiles : Set CopyFiles = Nothing

      CopyFiles = "xcopy" & Chr(32) & WinPELoc & "\iso\*.* /s /e /f e:\"  
      oShell.Run CopyFiles, 1, True  
      CopyFiles = "xcopy" & Chr(32) & WinPELoc & "\iso\*.* /s /e /f f:\"  
      oShell.Run CopyFiles, 1, True  

      REM Cleanup Local Variables  
      Set oShell    = Nothing  
      Set CopyFiles = Nothing  

 End Sub  

 '*******************************************************************************  

 Sub Complete()  

      MsgBox("USB Image is Complete")  

 End Sub  

 '*******************************************************************************  

 Sub GlobalVariableCleanup()  

      Set strImageName = Nothing  

 End Sub  

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2 comments:

  1. Good script. It should be mentioned that this won't work with WinXP. The version of Diskpart that come with XP will not work with USB flash drives. Only the version that comes with Vista and Win7 will work with USB flash drives.
    And moving a Diskpart file from Vista/Win7 to XP doesn't work either.

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  2. Thanks for that info. It has only been used in a Windows 7 environment.

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