Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7 SP1
Yesterday (02/18/11) was released the new version of Windows AIK now adapted to include Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 2008 R2 SP1. Click here to download Windows AIK.
Many wonder: Why you need a new AIK every version of Windows including a Service Pack?
The reason is that the AIK isn’t just ImageX but rather a collection of tools that make the adjustment of image to run on centralized distribution. For example, the DISM lets you change the configuration options of the machine still in the picture, and as a Service Pack changes options such as support for RemoteFX and so forth, you must update the settings of the tools library.
The same happens with the MAK and VAMT that do not recognize the version 6.1.7601 which is the Windows 7 SP1 and occasionally may not activate "Windows 7 copies With SP1" or "Windows 2008 R2 with SP1".
And above all, we now have a new WinPE v3.1 (Windows Pre-Environment).
But another question arises: If I continue using the previous WAIK?
The problem here is that the WinPE went from version 3.0 to 3.1 that does not support the new files and registry keys added in Windows 7 SP1, but there would be some modifications that are not in the WinPE 3.1, as for example, the problem that comment earlier about images slow because of the change in cluster size HD manufacturers (see more in Permanent Link to Sector size in new HDDs influences on images and performance).
However, nothing prevents continue to use previous WAIK both in MDT as in System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
For more details, including installing new WAIK for Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 without Service Pack 1, read the Readme in http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd349350 (WS) .aspx
Important: The new WAIK is not yet approved to run in SCCM 2007, then follow the blog of System Center and Microsoft WAIK for this information