Subscriber Richard Fuller wrote from New Zealand with a question about an unusual requirement in a program he wanted to use:
I’m confused and hope you can shed some light. Using Macrium Reflect imaging software I wish to create a rescue disc, but the programme tells me it needs to download 1GB or more of the Windows Automated Installation Kit.
According to Wikipedia the WAIK ” is a collection of tools and technologies produced by Microsoft designed to help deploy Microsoft Windows operating system images to target computers or to a VHD”.
Could you possibly explain in simple terms why this is necessary to create a rescue disc? Googled references descend into a frenzy of ridiculous jargon which is incomprehensible to ordinary mortals and therefore distinctly unhelpful.
With thanks and best wishes,
I had not heard of this before, but I thought about it and wrote back to share my thoughts.
Their program does the image backup and restoration processes. However, they also offer the ability to create a rescue CD. Apparently, if the user wants to create the rescue CD, then the large file needs to be downloaded.
They’re probably not using all of it, but have to download the whole package in order to get the portions they need to use for the rescue CD.
Microsoft makes some of its code packages available for download. But, if a company wants to incorporate the files into the company’s products (distributing Microsoft’s code), there are normally licensing and licensing fees involved.
That’s why you sometimes see requirements for one of the .Net versions and have to download it. .Net is simply another package of prewritten, precompiled program routines that any programmer can use. The two main functions of .Net are to make the programmers task more easy by not having to write all the functions for their programs, and to lock in those programmers and their programs to Windows (since there is no .Net for Mac or Linux).
Richard wrote back to say:
Many thanks, Terry. From you reply I infer that this is not necessarily a standard procedure—for instance, does Acronis operate this way? It seems a chronically inefficient means to go about things, and I’m not excited about having my system cluttered up with a GB or more of overhead.
All the best,