Silent install of the WAIK fails with error – “Please insert the disk: Windows Automation Installation Kit CD”

This error message only seems to occur when the 64-bit version of the WAIK is installed off read-only media (such as an ISO image).

It appears that this is caused by an entry in the Media table of the wAIKAMD64.msi file. The MSI is looking for a embedded cab file that is actually external.

There are three ways to ‘fix this’;

  1. Copy the source onto a writable hard disk and then run the MSI.
  2. Make sure that your CD ISO image is called ‘KB3AIK_EN’. This is the volume name the MSI is looking for.
  3. Create an MST file that alters the ‘Media’ table. Change the line for the ‘WinPE.Cab’ cabinet so that the ‘VolumeLabel’ field is set to “DEFAULT” instead of “KB3AIK_EN”. This is my preferred option.

Hope this helps.

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