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UIU Classic Mode User Guide


Section 1: Overview

What is the UIU Classic Mode?


The original UIU 4.x — known in recent years as the UIU Classic — accommodated all OS deployment solutions, including those that do not utilize Microsoft's Windows PE, by storing the entire UIU Driver Database within the OS image. The UIU Classic Mode is an updated version of that methodology for those users that do not use a WinPE-based deployment solution.

How is it different from the UIU 4.x "Classic" product?


The UIU Classic method has been integrated into a optimized modern GUI, (though the basic process was preserved as much as possible for ease of adoption).

How is it different from the UIU 5?


  • The entire UIU Driver Database is stored in the UIU-prepared image as opposed to network-based delivery of target machine specific drivers only.

  • The Master Image must be manipulated by the UIU Classic Mode process. The UIU 5 does not require any preparation within the image itself.

  • Using the UIU Classic Mode, if unsigned drivers are opted-in, the Administrator will be prompted for each one during execution. The UIU 5, wherein its method includes staging the appropriate drivers from WinPE, allows the Windows operating system to address unsigned drivers without interaction.


Who should use the UIU Classic Mode?


Users employing OS deployment solutions that are not based on Windows PE (e.g. Linux-based solutions like CloneZilla and FOG)

Who should NOT use the UIU Classic Mode?


  • It is highly recommended that users employing OS deployment solutions that utilize Windows PE use the UIU 5

  • UIU customers that are utilizing the Microsoft's SCCM solution should use the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 - SCCM

  • UIU customers that are utilizing the Microsoft's MDT solution should use the UIU Plug-ins 2.0 - MDT





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Section 2: UIU Features and Requirements

Universal Imaging Utility Functionality

The concept behind the UIU is to create a single Microsoft Windows 10, 8.1, or 7 image file that can be successfully deployed across any hardware platform. By following the directions included you will be able to create an image of a single PC and deploy it to nearly any other PC, desktop or laptop, regardless of hardware components, without incident, allowing for an easily-maintainable image and a highly supportable PC environment.

Universal Imaging Utility Requirements

  • Windows 7 or 8.1 or 10 (Professional or Enterprise; 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • 40 GB of free hard drive space
  • Disk imaging application (Symantec Ghost, Altiris, Acronis, etc.)
  • All hardware must meet MS requirements for applicable OS
  • .NET 4.6 (or newer) runtime – Required for installation - Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 (Standalone Installer)
  • UIU License Key (This can be found on your license certificate) – Required for installation

Universal Imaging Utility Limitations

  • The UIU is not designed to function with Windows Server operating system versions.  (No technical support.)



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Section 3: Definitions

Base PC or Base machine: A selected hardware platform that meets UIU Requirements, on which an installation of a supported Windows OS will be established.

Base Image: A machine-specific image captured from the Base PC containing only the supported OS and optional Microsoft updates. This image is established prior to the execution of UIU or Sysprep.

Master Image: A machine-specific image captured from the Base PC containing the supported OS and optional Microsoft OS updates (i.e. your Base Image), plus environment-specific OS configurations and organization-specific applications with optional application updates. This image is established prior to the execution of the UIU Classic Mode or Sysprep.  

It is possible for your Base Image to be synonymous with your Master Image in the case where no environment-specific OS configurations, organization-specific applications or optional application updates have been implemented after your Base Image was captured.

UIU Image or UIU-prepared Image: A Universal or non-machine-specific image (derived from a Master Image) which has been captured from the Base PC after the UIU has been successfully executed and Sysprep has been invoked in a supported manner (either through the UIU or manually in conjunction with particular UIU switches).


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Section 4: Quick Steps

Creating a Universal Image with the UIU Classic Mode product requires following 3 steps:
Step 1: Prepare a Base machine - Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
Step 2: Retrieve UIU Classic Mode Program and Driver Database
Step 3: Execute the UIU Classic Mode and Create a Universal Image



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Section 5: Creating a Universal Image

Step 1: Prepare a Base machine


Base machine Setup Requirements
  • On a blank hard drive, install a supported version of Windows 7, 8.1 or 10. OEM and single installation CDs should not be used as they may be hardware or manufacturer specific and may require individual activation. Big Bang recommends using a Volume License OS software.

    For more information on Windows 7 (and newer) Volume License methods, please refer Microsoft KB Article 929712 which may be found at the following link:
    Microsoft Volume Activation information

  • Do not install drivers or driver updates from your PC manufacturer or from Microsoft. CANCEL any “New Hardware Found” pop-up references unless absolutely necessary, (e.g. Network Card drivers.) Missing drivers will not cause problems for the UIU.

    Be sure to capture a "Base Image" of this Base Machine as a best practice. This is a requirement for UIU Support.
  • Prepare your Base machine with Master Image configurations; default system settings, default user settings, administrator passwords, etc., that are required for your environment.

  • It is recommended that any anti-virus or anti-malware client applications be either disabled or uninstalled during imaging.

  • If PC manufacturer drivers were installed, open Add/Remove Programs, and remove any hardware related applications. After reboot, CANCEL any new hardware wizard windows that open.
  • Restart the PC and login as the Local Administrator one last time to verify the Master Image configuration.



  • NOTE: A "Master Image" can be used for ongoing maintenance in conjunction with the UIU. However, a captured "Base Image" IS REQUIRED FOR SUPPORT.


    Known Windows Issue: Microsoft Kernel-mode driver framework Version 1.11 Update for Windows 7

    Symptoms:
    In Windows 7, select drivers that require an updated kernel-mode framework will not install and will potentially prevent successful image deployment.

    Resolution:
    Update the Microsoft Kernel-Mode Framework to version 1.11. It is also our recommendation that the User-Mode Driver Framework version also be updated to version 1.11 for Windows 7 deployments.
    Kernel-Mode Driver Framework version 1.11 update for Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2

    User-Mode Driver Framework version 1.11 update for Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2



Base machine Recommendations:

The following recommendations are best practices that will improve the success of a UIU image and the associated improvement in productivity with respect to imaging in any organization.

  • Test, disable, or do not fully install remote viewing software applications. These applications often times have a mirror video driver that must be installed after the image is on the new hardware in order to associate to the correct video card. Installing it as part of the Master Image may cause the remote control applications to fail.

  • UIU Classic Mode requires Microsoft .NET Framework Version 4.6 or newer installed on the base machine.

  • It is recommended that Audit Mode be invoked, particularly with Windows 10 implementations. For more information, please refer to the UIU Blog - Audit Mode and the UIU



Step 2: Retrieve the UIU Classic Mode Program and Driver Database


Program and Driver Updates
There are no in-program updates for the UIU Classic Mode product. Each time the UIU Classic Mode is used, the Administrator is encouraged to check release versions online and download them if newer. Store the executables on a large USB flash drive or accessible network location. Store the UIU Driver Database file (*.IMP) in the same root folder with the UIU executables. If the Driver IMP file is not stored on the same directory as the UIU executables, the Administrator will need to browse to its location.

Step 3: Execute the UIU Classic Mode and Create a Universal Image

Login as the local administrator and launch the UIU Classic Mode from the desired location, (USB drive or network drive) to begin the UIU process. Login must be established as the Local Administrator account when launching the UIU Classic Mode (not just a User with administrative rights).

Enter your UIU License Key, and click on “I Agree”. The key will be automatically validated as it is entered. Note: Your valid UIU 4.x Classic License Key will be accepted and does not need to be replaced as long as it has not expired.



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Section 6: UIU Configuration Process


The Configuration Wizard will help you to collect all required information for UIU preparation.

After the UIU License Key is entered, the Administrator is presented with the UIU Driver Database screen.

Two Options:

  • Select the UIU Driver Database (*.IMP)

  • If the Driver IMP file is not stroed on the same directory as the UIU executables, the Administrator will need to browse to its location.
  • Select Directory containing custom drivers (optional)






UIU Classic Mode - Configuration


uiucm config driver db


Driver Database Tab






Import/Configure Sysprep



The required answer file for Sysprep in Windows 10, 8, and 7 is named Unattend.xml. The XML format requires very specific syntax and it is recommended that the UIU be relied upon to create the answer file during the course of executing the application.

If you have an Unattend.XML file (Sysprep answer file), select the load button to browse and select the file to be imported.

If your organization requires features within the Unattend.xml, outside of what the UIU interface provides, please refer to Microsoft’s documentation relating to Unattend.xml.

Microsoft Windows 10, 8, and 7 and Unattend XML Configuration Options



If you do not have a prepared answer file for your organization, the UIU Sysprep Configuration wizard will assist you in creating one, (based on the information in the System, Network, General, and Advanced tabs), that will be effective in your environment. The resultant answer file may be exported when completed. Simply select the Save option.

  • The System Tab includes inputs for the Owner and Organization that Windows is registered to, (not actual Windows user logon information), Computer Name and Local Administrator Password.


  • The Network Tab includes inputs for configuration settings to allow for joining a Windows Domain or Workgroup as well as Auto Logon settings (incl. credentials).


  • The General Tab includes Time zone and Windows Updates settings.


  • The Advanced Tab includes Skip OOBE, Maintain Default Administrator Profile & Copy Default Administrator Profile.



UIU Classic Mode - Sysprep Configuration


uiucm sysprep advanced


Sysprep Advanced Tab




Select UIU Classic Mode Advanced Options



The Advanced Options screen will allow the Administrator to select the option of using only drivers that have signed by the manufacturer as well as implement UIU command line arguments during the execution of UIU Classic Mode (as directed by UIU Support).





UIU Classic Mode - Advanced Options


uiucm advanced options


Select "Signed Drivers Only" to instruct the UIU to only copy drivers that have been digitally signed specifically by their OEM. No unsigned drivers will be presented to the target machine.

Select "Prompt for Computer Name" to instruct the UIU to prompt the Administrator for a Computer Name during the UIU process, prior to mini-setup on each target machine.






Command line arguments for use with the UIU Classic Mode

Please contact UIU Support for guidance on command line arguments.




Run the UIU



UIU Classic Mode


uiucm run classic mode


Select "Run UIU"





UIU Classic Mode - Final Warning


uiucm final warning


Select "Yes" to Continue






During the execution of the UIU Classic Mode, Microsoft Sysprep is executed with the previously entered parameters and he UIU Classic Mode program will extract the contents of the included IMP file to the configured machine. When complete, the UIU Classic Mode will indicate that the image has been universalized.




UIU Classic Mode - Complete


uiucm complete





When completed, shutdown the machine and and capture the UIU-prepared Image.


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Section 7: Deployment

What will I see on my deployed machines?




  • UIU Classic Mode application is executed.
    • Analyzes all hardware components on the target machine for applicable Hardware IDs.
    • Identifies all required UIU drivers as analyzed in the previous step and installs driver on the target machine.
    • Applies proprietary technology to ensure that a complete driver set is provided to the target machine.
  • Windows mini-setup completes.
  • Windows login prompt is presented.





The UIU Classic Mode prepares driver installation


uiu classic mode prepare drivers




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Section 8: Invoking the UIU Classic Mode with special parameters

Please contact UIU Support for guidance on command line arguments.



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Section 9: Trial Version of the Universal Imaging Utility

The trial product version will be denoted on the right hand side of the banner bar, with the version number.



UIU Classic Mode - Trial Database Screen


uiucm trial db





The trial product version will also be denoted during the installation of the UIU license key.



UIU Classic Mode - Trial Login


uiucm trial login







  • Trial versions of the UIU will shut down the operating system of machines where trial images are deployed. Shut down warnings will be displayed as well as after deployment.
  • The Trial version of the UIU will contain a Trial Background for the Windows login screen and all users. This Trial Background is not included in the licensed version of the UIU.
  • Windows images created with a Trial version of the UIU are designed for test environments only, and shall not be deployed to live environment PCs.
    • It is imperative that the TRIAL UIU product NOT be executed on any production PC including an active user PC where business data may be stored.
    • It is imperative that no TRIAL UIU Image be deployed to any production PC. The TRIAL UIU product is intended for evaluation use only in pre-production or testing environments.
  • Some anti-virus applications may mistakenly identify UIU Credential provider files as threats. These files are necessary for the UIU TRIAL product to function and should not be removed, modified, moved or quarantined.


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Section 10: Re-Imaging After Modifying your Universal Image Configuration

Part of the appeal of the UIU is that when changes must be made, they need only be made on one image. When the time comes, deploy your saved Master Image to your Base PC, make the necessary or desired modifications (incl. OS Updates, anti-virus definition file updates, application updates, etc.), capture a new Master Image, and simply re-execute the UIU. Capture your new Universal Image and deploy to new machines in your environment or as part of your PC support procedures.

Big Bang strongly recommends that you always run the UIU on a clean installation of Windows (Base Image of Master Image) rather than on a machine where the UIU has already been executed, or to a machine that has received a Universal Image.

Application Deployment Best Practices

Big Bang recommends that you maintain the fewest possible applications in your Master Image, employing other application deployment methodologies to provide applications within your environment. Not only is this best-practice more supportable and maintainable, it will also avoid application compatibility issues, particularly with programs that rely on the local Windows SID configuration/settings.




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Section 11: Technical Support

Technical Support

As part of the licensing agreement with Big Bang LLC, technical support for the Universal Imaging Utility (UIU) is available for one year from the original purchase date. Big Bang LLC technical support can be reached through the following methods:

On Line Support Form (Preferred):
UIU Support

Direct Telephone Support: 414-369-5020
   (M-F 9:00am-5:00pm Central:GMT-6)

Email Support: support@bigbangllc.com Send UIU Support an email

When contacting Big Bang LLC for support, please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Operating System and Service Pack
  • PC Make/Model of Base build machine
  • PC Make/Model of Recipient (deployed to) machine(s)
  • Version of the UIU and Revision of the Driver Database
  • UIU License Key
  • UIU log file (C:\Program Files\UIU\UIULog.htm)
  • UIUDT log file (C:\Program Files\UIU\UIUDTLog.htm)
  • Nature of the Problem; Blue Screen, Continual Reboot, Missing Hardware Driver, etc.


  • In situations relating to missing or incorrect hardware drivers, please be able to provide the following files from the Recipient Machine:

    Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • UIU log file (C:\ProgramData\UIU\UIU5.log)
  • SETUPAPI Log (C:\windows\inf\setupapi.dev.log)
  • SETUPAPI.SETUP.log - (Additional for Windows 10)

  • UIUDT log file (C:\Program Files\UIU\UIUDTLog.htm)


  • *Technical Support and UIU Updates are only available for operating systems and hardware currently supported by the UIU. Please see the section titled “Universal Imaging Utility Features and Requirements” for more details.


    Please review this User Guide
    before executing
    the Universal Imaging Utility Classic Mode.