At the moment I have a WDS server set up with 2 Windows 7 boot images (32 Bit and 64 Bit) because we are running a mixed environment which will stay mixed for the near future.

We are moving to a VLAN network and my WDS server will will lose its DHCP distribution.

I am in the middle of planning the changes to have DHCP options configured on our switches but have come across a slight problem.


You can manually point to only one boot image though the manual DHcP option. I have done some research and according to a huge amount of responses online it seems that (theoretically) a 64-bit Boot Image should be able to load both x64 and x86 Install Images

In practice it doesn't seem to be so straight forward because at the moment our x64 bit Boot Image only lists x64 bit install images and I am worried that when I do the change we will be limited.

Am I missing something?


I tested this to verify, and a 32 bit boot image will display both 32 bit and 64 bit install images, while a 64 bit boot image will only display 64 bit install images. I also found this TechNet thread which confirms my test results.

Hope this helps,

  • Thank you, and apologies for the silly question. In this case it was me not noticing the 1 64-Bit Image that pops up in the middle of about 20 x86 images. Thank you – Arturski Dec 16 '13 at 11:30

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