Creating a 64-bit Bootable DR Image


The Retrospect Prepare of Disaster Recovery Wizard included with Retrospect 8 will automatically build a 32-bit version of WinPE that can be used to restore your Windows operating system.

In some situations, you may have a need to load a 64-bit driver in order to access a local disk or network resource while booted from the recovery system. These directions outline the steps required to manually create a 64-bit WinPE bootable environment that includes Retrospect.

Note: The Disimilar Hardware recovery features and client based restore are not supported when building your own 64-bit bootable image.

Install WAIK

Use the following installer to install WAIK.

To install the Windows AIK, you must first download the ISO, Write the ISO file to a DVD using a third party tool, and then install the Windows AIK from the DVD. The above link includes additional directions. For the latest issues and known workarounds, see the Windows AIK Readme file.

Create x64 ISO with WAIK

  1. Close Retrospect.

  2. Under your start menu under the WAIK program group, launch "Deployment Tools Command Prompt" as administrator. You may need to right click the Development Tools to get the option to run it as administrator. The following commands must be run from the Development Tools Command Prompt:

  3. Run copype.cmd script to create ISO and others in state folder:

    copype amd64 c:\winpe_x64
  4. Mount WIM (image file) with read-write permissions

    imagex /mountrw winpe.wim 1 mount
  5. Copy ImageX into \Winpe_x64\ISO

    copy "c:\program files\Windows AIK\Tools\amd64\imagex.exe" c:\winpe_x64\mount\windows\system32\
  6. Copy x64 Retrospect App:

     xcopy "C:\program files\Retrospect\Retrospect 8.0" "c:\winpe_x64\mount\program files"\Retrospect /h/q/y
    . Copy Retrospect config files:

    Windows Vista and up:

    copy C:\ProgramData\Retrospect\config77.dat "C:\winpe_x64\mount\Program Files\Retrospect"

    Windows XP and below:

    copy C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\ApplicationData\Retrospect\config77.dat "C:\winpe_x64\mount\Program Files\Retrospect"
  7. Add drivers to the image: (need .inf or .sys driver files for respective devices)

    xcopy <path to drivers> "C:\winpe_x64\mount\drivers\" /h/q/y
  8. Set scratchspace on ISO

    dism /image:C:\winpe_x64\mount /Set-ScratchSpace:**512**
  9. Unmount and commit

    imagex /unmount c:\winpe_x64\mount /commit  
  10. Copy the boot files

    copy C:\winpe_x64\winpe.wim C:\winpe_x64\ISO\sources\boot.wim
  11. Create a Windows PE image (.iso) file by using the Oscdimg tool from the Deployment Tools Command Prompt

    oscdimg -n -bc:\winpe_x64\ c:\winpe_x64\ISO c:\winpe_x64.iso

Burn the image to CD/DVD

  1. Add drivers using ImageX or drvload.exe. . When booted from the 64-bit disk image, you must run a command to launch the Retrospect interface, add drivers or format/create disk partitions*

  2. Add Device Drivers

    drvload command
  3. Format/Create/Delete partitions

  4. Launch Retrospect

    X:\Program Files\Retrospect 8.0\Retrospect.exe

Last Update: November 6, 2012