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Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK)
Developer(s) Microsoft Corporation
Initial release 13 February 2007
Stable release 2.0 / 6 August 2009
Platform IBM PC Compatible
Size 1.6 GiB
Available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish
Development status Active
License Freeware
Website → TechNet → WAIK

Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK or WAIK) is a collection of tools and technologies produced by Microsoft designed to assist in the deployment of Windows. It was first introduced with Windows Vista.



Windows AIK Version 1.0 was released with Windows Vista. New or redesigned tools and technologies included Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM), SysPrep, ImageX, and Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) v2.0.[1]

Windows AIK Version 1.1 was released with Windows Vista SP1 (and Windows Server 2008). A number of new tools were introduced, including PostReflect and VSP1Cln. The new WinPE 2.1 could be more customized.[2]

Windows AIK Version 2.0 was released with Windows 7 beta. Significantly, a single new tool, DISM, took over the functions of several earlier tools including PEImg and IntlCfg, which were deprecated. The new WinPE 3.0 has AeroSnaps - a feature introduced for Windows 7. The User State Migration Tool (USMT) was added to this WAIK.[3]

• WAIK 1.0 Released with Vista

• WAIK 1.1 - v6.0.6001.18000 Released with Vista SP1 and Windows 2008

   The supported operating systems include: 
       Windows Server 2008, 
       Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, 
       Windows Server 2003 SP1 with KB926044, Windows Server 2003 SP2 and 
       Windows XP SP2 with KB926044. 
   Filename: 6001.18000.080118-1840-kb3aikl_en.iso
   Version: v936330AIK – Released: 4/9/2008 – 1375.9 MB

• WAIK 2.0 - v6.1.7000.0 Released with Windows 7

   Filename: KB3AIK_en.ISO

• WAIK 2.0 RC: 6.1.7100.0 Released with Vista

   The supported operating systems include: 
       Windows Server 2003 R2 SP3, 
       Windows Vista SP1, 
       Windows Server 2008 family, 
       Windows 7 family and 
       Windows Server 2008 R2 family of operating system.
   Filename: KB3AIK_en.ISO

• Win7 WAIK: 6.1.7600.16385 Includes DISM.exe, same version number

   The supported operating systems include: 
       Windows Server 2008, 
       Windows Server 2003 R2 SP3, 
       Windows Vista SP1, 
       Windows Server 2008 family, 
       Windows 7 family, and 
       Windows Server 2008 R2 family.
   Filename: KB3AIK_en.ISO
   Version: v1.0 – Released: 8/6/2009 – 1706.6 MB



Preinstallation environment

WAIK includes Windows Preinstallation Environment, a lightweight version of Windows that can be booted via PXE, CD-ROM, USB flash drive or external hard disk drive and is used for the deployment, troubleshooting or recovery of Windows operating systems. It is intended to be a replacement for MS-DOS boot disks, Emergency Repair Disk, Recovery Console and Automated System Recovery boot disks. Traditionally used by large corporations and OEMs (to preinstall Windows client operating systems to PCs during manufacturing), WinPE is now available free of charge via the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK).

User state migration

WAIK for Windows 7 includes User State Migration Tool v4.0, a command-line interface tool for transferring user settings of a installation of Windows to another, in case of an operating system upgrade or wipe-and-reload recovery. USMT v4.0 can transfer the settings from Microsoft Windows XP or later to Microsoft Windows Vista and later.[4]

Other features


See also

Microsoft Preboot environments




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