I installed Windows 7 32-bit onto a desktop machine from a CD-Rom that has the .ISO file. The install goes fine and Windows 7 gets installed. I leave the image in a generic state and I run Sysprep.exe on it and have the machine shutdown once sysprep is done. Then I boot up off of a WinPE USB drive. I map a drive to the network and run imagex /capture on my image and upload my .WIM file to the network.

I then reboot off of a WinPE USB drive. I map a drive to the network and then I run the imagex /apply command. The image comes down fine. I then reboot and the OS tries to start but hangs forever on "starting services" It will hang there and never get by that step.

Has anyone seen that and if so how did you fix it?
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I'm getting the SAME exact issue with the same set up except with 64 bit. Did you ever get a solution?
Answered 02/12/2010 by: cparker
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Hello mhsl808,
Probably a driver or hardware issue...
You should have run "Upgrade Advisor" first for Windows 7:
Did you try the "upgrade advisor" located at the link below?
Also, did you check compatibility with Windows 7?
Check out the Windows 7 Compatibility site: (There you will find out about hardware and software compatibilty.)
There is a pulldown from which you can choose "hardware" and "software".
There are also some great articles, instructional videos and such to help with your Windows 7 at our Springboard site:
In any event a lot of the times, Vista drivers will work in lieu of Windows 7 drivers, however, it's not 100%!
As stated previously, it's best to have the Windows 7 certified drivers installed.
Thanks again,
John M.
Microsoft Windows Client Support
Answered 03/12/2010 by: Windows7Guy
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