Well, after much frustration in general, finally found this post trying to figure out why now I am getting "NTLDR is missing" after deploying an image.
I used this version of the imagew tool and it cut down on the delay from 3 minutes to about 30 seconds which is much better.
I was wrong in my last post so I deleted it.
My memory was wack.
It should REMPING the machine and run the task right away.