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Questions tagged [wim]

Windows Imaging Format files used in installing Windows Vista/Server 2008 and newer

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Encrypting WIM files

We use WIM files to deploy images on workstations (we use DISM on WinPE). Is there a way to encrypt the WIM file while it sits on the flash drive, and decrypt it upon use? We haven't found this ...
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Windows 10 Deployment by WIM image

Background: A long time ago, I followed a guide to create a Windows 7 disk image. The image has all the software my users need pre-installed. I put the WIM image on a USB drive, and, together with ...
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VHD from WIM won't boot

I have a wim obtained from a machine running Win10. I intend to spin this up as a VM in Hyper-V. This is the procedure so far: create 40G VHD using Hyper-V manager. mount the VHD using Computer ...
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Is it possible to convert an existing Windows 7 installation to a WIM and continue using it?

I switched to using a new fully licenced Windows 10 (not an upgrade). Unfortunately, MS Windows operating systems were never meant to run side by side, so reconfigurations without re-installations are ...
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DISM split image wrong size

I'm trying to split a 19GB image to fit a FAT32 drive (can't format it now), and I'm using this command: Dism /Split-Image /ImageFile:D:\img.wim /SWMFile:D:\sp\split.swm /FileSize:myFileSize My ...
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Is there a good way to convert from a WIM file to an ESD file other than using Dism?

Some background info first - My friend and I are trying to create a "local deployment tool" in batch that allows us to capture an image of a sysprepped computer and export it into a pre-existing ...
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Generated Windows 10 Wim from Hyper-V has default playback device set to headphones

I have generated a WIM from a Hyper-V VM. After deploying the WIM I noticed the default playback device is set to 'headphones'. Is there a way I can prevent this from happening? Is there anything I ...
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After Windows 10 WIM deploy, system fails to boot

I have some brand new notebooks (they are HP Z Book G4 Studios). From the state I received the units, I wanted to deploy the company image, instead of using what came loaded by the factory. Before ...
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Applying a WIM with duplicated file entries

I wanted to cleanup the partition table on my drive, so I grabbed another drive and made a Windows To Go workspace. In that WTG system, I backed up my exising Windows 10 with DISM. Then I cleaned the ...
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DISM doesn't work for Windows Vista image

I was trying to add the Spanish language pack and remove the English LP to Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP2 iso file. Some info that will help you to answer: The OS installed on my PC is Windows 7 ...
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Making Windows 7 installation media via Linux from WIM files

I want to install Windows 7 (32-bit, sold on an Asus eeePC) in a virtual machine (VirtualBox, running on Ubuntu on said eeePC). What I have is: A blank disk in a virtual machine, awaiting some ...
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What's difference between `Dism /Capture-Image` and `recimg -CreateImage` on Windows 8.1?

I'm trying to make sense of wimboot vs refresh. Can someone give a short answer to the following? What's the difference between Dism /Capture-Image and recimg -CreateImage They both produce .wim ...
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How to prepare multilanguage Windows 7 iso?

I prepared WIM image with all updates and three languages: english, polish and korean. When I apply WIM image with ImageX, I can choose one of those languages. But when I replace install.wim in ISO ...
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How do I fix a corrupted WIM file?

TLDR I have a corrupt WIM archive that I'm trying to extract. I have tried using DISM, but it won't let me mount it because it doesn't recognize it as a WIM file. I have also tried editing it with a ...
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How to deploy a .wim image to new system

I have a .wim of a standard image to be used to deploy new machines at my organization. Does anyone know how I can take that image, put it on a bootable USB stick and deploy it and install the new ...
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Windows SIM can't create a catalog file from a wim

I'm currently trying to use Windows SIM to create a Windows 10 autounattend.xml file for a custom installation. I have a standard, generic, enterprise edition of Windows 10, which is my source for the ...
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Remove editions of Windows 7 Iso

I downloaded an ISO of Windows 7 64 bits, I have a problem: I saw 4 editions in .clg files (home basic, premium, professional and ultimate), I opened install.wim with 7zip and I saw folders called 1,2,...
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With DISM, what's the difference between capturing an image and modifying it offline?

It seems there are two ways to go about making a customized or 'thick' image. Install everything you want in a reference machine (preferably a VM) and 'capture' the new operating for use as an ...
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Why doesn't Windows 10 need a recovery image (like install.wim) to reset the system?

Windows 8/8.1 requires a standalone recovery image to reset the system. But, Microsoft claimed that Windows 10 no longer needs it.http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2015/03/16/how-windows-10-...
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how to deploy WIM image to surface pro 2

I tried to deploy a windows image (wim) file using imageX to a surface pro 2 but the tabled is not booting up, it stays on boot menu. any help on how can I do troubleshooting? sorry this is the ...
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Multiple WIM files with Windows Setup

I am wanting to create a USB drive that run Windows Setup. But here at work, we use a different WIM file for every department and update each one very often. I am wanting to be able to run windows ...
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DISM to Capture Entire Disk As-Is

In short: Is it possible to leverage dism to capture an image of an entire disk as-is, akin to taking an image with Ghost, GParted, PartedMagic, CloneZilla etc.? I've got a shiny new machine and ...
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Is it possible to produce a pre-patched Win7 WIM image using MDT deployment Workbench only?

Is it possible to produce a pre-patched Win7 WIM image using MDT deployment Workbench only? Presently, I'm using dism command line tool in order to pre-patch the WIM images with the downloaded ...
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DISM fails with 'There is not enough space on the disk.' while capturing an image

I use DISM to capture images and store them on a network disk. I use a standard 32bit WinPE 4.0 environment to capture them. My current path was set to i:\images and I executed the following command: ...
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Difference between base.wim and boot.wim

I'm trying to build a recovery ISO so I can expand it to a different computer, however I have 2 .wim files: base.wim and boot.wim. base.wim is 10 GB while boot.wim is only 146 MB. I've tried ...
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How can I install Windows 7 using WinPE?

I made a Bootable Windows PE RAM Disk on a USB Flash Disk by following the instructions in Walkthrough: Create a Bootable Windows PE RAM Disk on a USB Flash Disk. Now, I want to install a new Windows ...
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restoring wim files from external drive to hard drive on computer

how do I restore wim files to my hard drive? I saved filed after computer crashed, to an external drive. Now I need to restore those files to my hard drive. Thanks
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Why does my VM hang on “Windows is loading files…” during a sysprep and capture task sequence?

My nice, well crafted reference machine will not boot at all! I'm trying to run a sysprep and capture task sequence (MDT 2010 and WDS off server 2012). I ran litetouch.vbs off the deployment share and ...
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Can I use a “refurbished” Windows license key with OEM media?

According to this question, it is legal to use a Windows 7 OEM license that is presently installed as a 32-bit install with a 64-bit version of Windows 7. With that in mind, I purchased several ...
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Windows Installer and Custom Images

If I understand correctly, the Windows 7 installer engine's Windows Imaging Format is partially designed to make it easy to do deployment to multiple computers using an image. I have a scenario where ...
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System Reserved Partition has Drive Letter After Applying a WIM Image with ImageX

I have installed Windows Vista on a computer using ImageX from WinPE. I followed the instructions here for partitioning the hard drive, creating a 300 MB system partition and using the rest of the ...
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Can WIM Images be used to perform an upgrade install?

As far as I can tell WinPE can only be used to perform a clean install using a WIM image. However, I can't seem to find any definite information that says I can't perform a upgrade installation. Can ...
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Booting Windows7 kernel from an initrd/wim image file

I'm wondering if it's possibile to have Win7 kernel and relative drivers (especially storage drivers) to boot from an initrd-like image file (maybe .wim?) and later then mount the windows root ...
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How to boot an WIM image?

Is it possible to boot from a Windows WIM image or is that not possible? What's the difference between ISO and WIM?
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Can not install .Wim onto a Dell using Windows PE

I have created a .WIM file of a HP Laptop with all drivers, software etc installed using WAIK, I have created a new VM using Oracle VM Box and deployed the image onto this Virtual Machine, this all ...
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Do WIM disk images and VMware/VirtualBox/Parallels play well together? If so, how?

I want to create a WIM image and use VMware to manipulate it. Is this doable? Another option that has been offered is to install a fresh system on a virtual machine, set up the VM the way I want it, ...
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Modifying MBR entries after implementing Windows 7 image

I have a computer whose hard disk I recently formatted. As soon as I implement a .wim image in the computer using the WindowsPE disc with imagex utility, two entries are shown in the mbr menu: one for ...
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How can I restore my system from WIM files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I restore my system from WIM files? How can I restore my system from WIM files? base.WIM file is located at my 4th partation of my harddisk.
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How can I restore my system from WIM files?

I installed another OS on my netbook and decided I want to revert back to Windows 7 Starter. I was careful to keep the recovery partition, but even when I manage to boot to it, the system just ...
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How can I burn a WIM image to DVD or to convert it to ISO?

I need to run System Recovery in Vista, but its boot loader is destroyed. The only way to run System Recovery seems to be to burn a temporary DVD from the base.wim and boot.wim taken from Vista's ...
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Is it possible/How to boot an XP VHD in Windows 7

In windows 7 it is pretty simple to boot directly to a VHD, given that it also contains (or you are going to install) Windows 7 (or Vista/Server 2008). This installation is made possible I believe by ...