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there are currently two main releases of the WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit) the first version was released in conjunction with Windows Vista to aid in its' deployment, and the WAIK is used for the following (source, microsoft)


The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to help corporate IT professionals customize and deploy the Microsoft Windows Vista™ family of operation systems. By using Windows AIK, you can perform unattended Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, and create Windows PE images


the file details for the first version are vista_6000.16386.061101-2205-LRMAIK_EN.img from 13/2/2007.


A year or so later a newer version of the WAIK was released to support Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008, the file details for that release are 6001.18000.080118-1840-kb3aik_en.iso from 6/3/2008.


If you are planning on deploying Windows Vista, use the first version if you already have it, or if you are deploying Windows Vista SP1 then use the second release. In addition, if you plan on deploying Windows Server 2008, you'll need the second release.


Before installing the WAIK you'll need to install MSXML 6.0. MSXML 6.0 is available on the latest WAIK iso download (and the .NET 2.0 Framework is also included)




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there's a new version available for deploying Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, it's still in beta and here is the download


Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 RC

Brief Description

The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 family of operating systems.

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Quick Details

File Name: KB3AIK_EN.iso

Version: RC

Date Published: 5/1/2009

Language: English

Download Size: 1435.5 MB

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