new-WindowsImage stalls with 0x8007007E, can't load unattend.dll


I'm trying to convert capture a .VHDX as a .WIM file. The file in question is a syspreped Windows 7 generalized image.
- I'm working on Windows 8.1 and I have the Windows ADK installed.
- In powershell I issue the command.
New-WindowsImafe -capturepath e:\ -name Windows7Image -ImagePath d:\wim\windows7.wim -description "Windows 7 Image"
- The process begins to run but it ends with the following error.

new-windowsimage : Unable to load DLL 'unattend.dll': The specified module could not be found. (Exception 

from HRESULT: 0x8007007E) At line:1 char:1 + new-windowsimage -capturepath e:\ -name windws7Image -ImagePath D:\wim\windows7. ... + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [New-WindowsImage], DllNotFoundException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.DllNotFoundException,Microsoft.Dism.Commands.NewWindowsImageCommand

When I go to the image path I can confirm that the process has started. Not sure why it's trying to load unattend.dll. I am assuming it's not needed for this operation.

asked on Server Fault Jun 23, 2015 by user3062206

1 Answer


Of course, 30 minutes after trying a bounty for the first time, I realized what we were both doing wrong. This is the message you get if you run from Powershell (x86) on a 64-bit windows. It works fine from the non-x86 Powershell. For good measure, you need to run as admin as well.

answered on Server Fault Oct 6, 2016 by aggieNick02

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