Create ISO using WAIK and OSCDIMG


To make an ISO file with a bundle of files, all you need is the Windows Automation Installation Kit WAIK. No need to pay for any 3rd party tool to do this.

This Kit includes a tool OSCDIMG primarily used for making a bootable ISO of your WinPE, but can however also be use it to create a simple ISO file containing files, so you can access them trough CD mounting, in your Virtual environments. (or what ever you would need the files for)

For this to work you must of cause have the Windows AIK installed on the machine  your working on. If it is a MDT or SCCM machine WAIK will already be present, but if not you can get it here.

For Windows7 or Server 08R2 or older OS’s

Now for the actual work:

Open The Deployment Tools Command Prompt as administrator. When working with WAIK you always want to work from within that prompt, as it will set the path to all tools, making it easier to do the work. And always remember to elevate, or you will receive errors when building


Once you are inside the prompt, simply type oscdimg –n –d –m “source” “target”

Command explanation:

oscdimg  call the program that will build the ISO

-n Fixes issues with 8.3 naming, making it possible to use filenames up to 30 characters in length.

-d Will allow use of lowercase file names. If leaved out all characters will be uppercase.

-m Ignores the maximum size limit of an image

source Path to the root folder of the files/folders you want to add to the ISO

target Name and location of the iso file, including the .iso extension



That’s it.. you now have an ISO ready for use with your Virtual environment or CD.

By |2010-12-29T09:51:14+00:00December 29th, 2010|General info, OS Deployment|9 Comments

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  1. kayess December 15, 2013 at 5:49 - Reply


  2. May 16, 2014 at 13:11 - Reply

    J’ai point terminé de regarder toutefois je
    repasserai plus tard

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  4. Clark Rivers April 26, 2015 at 18:41 - Reply

    Thanks Michael for this tip.I think this command would be especially useful in a PE environment where software like image burn might not work as well.Also one could create a batch file that might make this work more efficiently.I plan going on making one.
    I looked for awhile on the internet to try to learn how to use this simple command tool for any folder.Thanks for being imaginative enough to realize that this could be applied for any folder not just wim files.

  5. Don Pham March 30, 2016 at 16:14 - Reply

    I follow the command, but it got error

    Error: could not delete existing file “c:winpe_x86iso” which is folder where source files and .wimp file saved.
    Error 5: “Access is denied”

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Random May 11, 2016 at 19:07 - Reply

      You will need to run the command prompt as an Administrator by right clicking then run as admin.

  6. stanley August 6, 2016 at 14:39 - Reply

    error 276 : the directory name invalid

  7. Dan September 25, 2017 at 11:41 - Reply

    Hi Michael. The one thing that this command is not doing for me is that it isn’t including the bootmgr files needed. I’m using a Zalman drive in CD/DVD mode which normally works with bootable iso files (I have others). Any idea what I’m doing wrong or what I’m missing? Thanks.


  8. Oliver Charles February 14, 2018 at 22:59 - Reply

    I don’t know if this is the right place to ask it, but I have an OSD deployment created by a hair brain with WAIK that was done incorrectly (wrong apps, mis-configured, etc) for field clients that span 5 DVDs. I have the ISOs of the DVDs…is there a way to reassemble them or import them into WAIK so I can fix them?

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