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Using VMware Tools drivers on Windows PE (Preinstallation) (1011710)

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Even though VMware Tools does not support the Windows Preinstallation environment, you can take advantage of specific VMware Tools drivers, such as vmxnet2 (enhanced), vmxnet3, and pvscsi by creating a customized ISO.


To create a customized ISO:

  1. Install Windows 2008 and install Windows AIK (Automated Installation Kit) on a virtual machine.

    Note: The preceding link was correct as of October 30, 2013. If you find the link is broken, provide feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.

  2. Click Start > All Programs > Microsoft Windows AIK > Windows PE Tools Command Prompt to open the Windows PE Tools command prompt.
  3. Run this command to create a Windows PE build environment in the WinPE folder:

    • In 32bit – copype x86 C:\winpe-x86
    • In 64bit – copype amd64 C:\winpe-amd64

  4. From the Windows PE command prompt (c:\winpe-x86 or c:\winpe-amd64), run this command to mount winpe.wim to the mount folder:

    dism /mount-wim /wimfile:file_path\boot.wim /index:1 /mountdir:file_path

  5. Install VMware Tools on Windows 2008 and copy the entire contents of the C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\vmxnet, pvscsi and vmxnet3 folders to the C:\Drivers folders on the virtual machine.
  6. Run this command at the Windows PE Tools command prompt to copy the vmxnet, vmxnet3 (enhanced), and pvsci drivers:

    dism /image:c:\winpe-x86\mount /Add-Driver /driver:c:\Drivers /recurse

    dism /image:c:\winpe-amd64\mount /Add-Driver /driver:c:\Drivers /recurse

  7. Run this command to save the changes to winpe.wim:

    dism /unmount c:\winpe-x86\mount /commit

    dism /unmount c:\winpe-amd64\mount /commit

  8. Run this command to overwrite the boot.wim with the customized winpe.wim on the ISO:

    xcopy c:\winpe-x86\winpe.wim (c:\winpe-x86 or c:\winpe-amd64)\iso\sources\boot.wim /y

    xcopy c:\winpe-amd64\winpe.wim (c:\winpe-x86 or c:\winpe-amd64)\iso\sources\boot.wim /y

  9. Run this command to create the custom ISO image:

    oscdimg -n -h -bc:\winpe-x86\ (c:\winpe-x86 or c:\winpe-amd64)\iso (c:\winpe-x86 or c:\winpe-amd64)\winpe-x86.iso

    oscdimg -n -h -bc:\winpe-amd64\ (c:\winpe-x86 or c:\winpe-amd64)\iso (c:\winpe-x86 or c:\winpe-amd64)\winpe-x86.iso

Additional Information

For translated versions of this article, see:


install-vmware-tools  install-vmware-tools-windows

Update History

04/26/2011 - Added the new link to WAIK download 10/30/2013 - Changed path to vmware tools drivers

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