zSpace 300 Wim Image process

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This article is the process for downloading and installing the zSpace 300 image on your system only for zSpace 300 models. You only need to perform steps 1, 2, and 3 once to create a bootable thumb drive. Step 4 is needed each time an update is done to the image. Step 5 is needed each time a zSpace 300 needs to be imaged. This article walks you through the 5 steps needed to complete this process.


What does this process do?

  • Remove zSpace PC of any previous data
  • Installs Windows 10 Pro (you must have Windows 10 on your zSpace or you must have your own Windows 10 license key)

Required Items

  • Thumb drive or external HD which is 64GB or larger of space and is empty. All contents of the thumb drive or external HD will be deleted in the process.
  • Download the following items:

Step 1. Make bootable drive
The first step is to make a drive which can be bootable. This only needs to be done once.

  1. Plug your Thumb drive or external HD into computer. Recommend to use a USB 3.0 port for faster speeds. *We have had a couple reports the USB drive to only be working in the USB 2.0 ports. The USB 2.0 ports are the lower two ports on the right side of the zSpace.
  2. Download the DriverCreator.zip and unzip onto your computer.
  3. *Warning*. Performing the next steps will erase all contents of your drive.
  4. Right-click on the FormatUFD.cmd file and select Run as Administrator.
  5. Select the disk # for the drive which you want to format and press enter. Warning: Doing this will erase the contents of your drive and cannot be undone. Selecting the wrong device will result in permanent loss of your data. If you are not certain of the device which you are formatting, stop here.
  6. Enter NTFS for the file system format.
  7. The drive will be formatted and the application will close. This process may take a couple minutes depending on the size of your drive.

Step 2. Bootable files
Place the required files on your formatted drive. These are the files which allow the thumb drive to boot.

  1. Download DriveFiles.zip
  2. Unzip the files into the root of your formatted drive.

Step 3. Install 7-zip
7-Zip is needed to combine the downloaded Winuser files.

  1. Download 7-zip.
  2. Double click to run the 7-Zip installer to complete the installation.

Step 4. Image file
The Winuser.wim file is the file which is the PC image. This file may be updated on a regular basis. Please be sure to use the most up to date file available. The file name cannot be changed. Because of the large size of the file, it is downloaded in 5 parts.

  1. Download all 5 parts of the Winuser.7z files. Warning: These files are more than 48GB total in size. Depending on your Internet speeds, these files could take a few hours to a few days to download.
  2. Once the files are downloaded, make sure all 5 files are in the same directory. Verify the file sizes are the same as shown in the below image. Note, the below image also shows the final file which at this step you would not have. After performing step 3, you can verify the final file size as well.
  3. Press the ctrl key and click on each of the 5 files. With each of the 5 files selected, right-click on your selection and select 7-zip -> Extract here as shown in the below screenshot.
  4. The extraction process will begin. This process will take roughly 20 minutes to complete depending on the speed of your computer. Once the process begins, in the same location as the 5 original files, you will see a Winuser.wim file created.
  5. Copy Winuser.wim to the root of your thumb drive.

Step 5. Restore zSpace
This is the process of placing the image onto the zSpace.

  1. Shut down your zSpace
  2. Plug your external HD or thumb drive into one of the USB 3.0 slots on the right side of the zSpace. *We have had a couple reports the USB drive to only be working in the USB 2.0 ports. The USB 2.0 ports are the lower two ports on the right side of the zSpace.
  3. Power on the zSpace and immediately tap the F7 key on the keyboard about once every second. You eventually will come to a boot device selection screen.
  4. Select USB if you are using a thumb drive. If you are using an external HD the name of the drive may show. The device name may also be abbreviated with “UFD”.
  5. On step 4, if you selected the correct boot device, the PC will boot to a light blue screen with a black window. You will see the process of replacing the image on your PC. This process will take roughly 30 minutes to complete.
  6. When the process is complete, you will see a message to remove your thumb drive or external drive and press the enter key to reboot the PC
  7. The PC will reboot to Windows.
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