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

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Swapping the install.wim in Windows 11 installation media would not let me get past first boot

Whenever I swap the install.wim of any Windows 11 installation media I got with a WIM file I captured of my Windows install, it would not get past the first boot, right after copying the files: I don'...
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Applying different images in install.wim during the installation setup

I have images captured of my C: & D: & I want these two images applied to C: & D: during installations henceforth. So I was thinking, I would replace the install.wim in the \sources of a ...
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Appending more images to install.wim. Would it be applied as well?

I'm appending an image of another drive, D:, to install.wim (an install.wim that already contains a slightly customized Windows). The additional image of D: is of course at index 2. When I run the OS ...
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Custom Windows 11 installation media made by swapping install.wim with a WIM captured from my system

So, I have a WIM captured from my Sysprep-ed, customized Windows 11 install + additional programs. The system drive, C:, basically. I want to be able to deploy this custom install to any of my desktop ...
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Which version of Windows 10 is on my USB flash drive installer?

I have a Windows 10 InstallUSB and I'd like to know which version of Windows 10 it is. Searching online, I found this technique in many places, with the file [install.<esd||swm||wim>, boot.wim] ...
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Creating a clean WIM/ESD file out of my current Windows Server 2012 installation

Here's my scenario: We have an old Dell PowerEdge Server with an OEM Windows Server 2012 Foundation license. The machine is working perfectly and there's currently an OS deployment running on it, ...
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Do preinstalled apps in offline Windows 10 image get deleted during Windows Installation/Setup?

I have a fresh Windows 10 image and I've been trying to preinstall an appx package to the offline image. Based on Microsoft's docs I extracted the ISO that I downloaded from Microsoft, then I ran the ...
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Install Windows from Linux using wimapply

I am looking for way to install Windows 10 from the Linux (I am currently using Arch Linux here) without having to create the bootable USB disk. I noticed that there are an utility called wimapply ...
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WinRe.wim what do i do with it?

I bought a brand new Razer Blade Advanced 2021 and it won't boot. Razer tech support sent me over a ZIP file (as a link to my email). After downloading and extracting it, it's a bunch of SWM, WIM ...
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DISM restore capability removed from WIM copy, using original

Suppose I was over-eager in pruning my Windows install image: FOR /f %I ('DISM /Image /Get-Capabilities /Format:Table') DO DISM /Image /Remove-Capability /CapabilityName:%I Can I restore individual ...
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how to edit windows 10 iso to exclude other versions

I have been going through the process of slimming down my windows 10 ISO file, but have been unable to get it below the 3.5 gb mark; Removing the windows components is not something I am hoping to do. ...
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How to modify a WinPE iso to also have the ability to install Windows from the WinPE

I want to use an existing WinPE.wim to troubleshoot problems and run Windows' install's setup.exe, with a desktop shortcut linking to it. Is this as simple as adding a desktop shortcut to folders ...
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Adding powershell and other packets to winre.wim doesnt work (0x800f081e)

as the question tells im trying to add powershell as a feature to a pxe bootable winRE.wim. I get the errorcode 0x800f081e and it says the packet is not valid for this image. For a better look, you ...
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How do I switch from an old version of ADK to new version permanently in Windows 2012 R2 server?

Methods attempted: Edited the environment variable PATH and kept path of ADK "C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Deployment Tools\amd64\DISM\dism.exe" in ...
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WIM file compression

I build a custom windows 10 installer via sysprep (windows 10 pro Build 20H2). The windows created WIM-file is too large to my liking, over 9gb (want it to fit on a 8gb drive). Therefor I was trying ...
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Install software from Windows PE

I have a base wim image file that I apply by booting into window pe and installing on a devices hard drive. After the base image is applied I would like to install custom software depending on what is ...
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How to mount a WIM image as a drive letter in Windows?

I want to mount a WIM image as a new drive letter on Windows 10. As follows from Microsoft documentation for DISM Image Management Command-Line Options, DISM can only mount a WIM image to an ...
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Custom WIM shows up blank in Windows Setup

I am trying to set up a custom image to load with windows setup. It works fine, but for some reason the operating system has a blank selection in Windows Setup. But when I check the WIM title and ...
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How to convert .wim to .tib files?

I have a PXE server using Acronis Snap Deploy 5. Each time I get a new version of an image from my associate, it comes as a .wim (or .iso) file. So, to use it with ASD5, I first install it on a drive ...
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Use DISM to create a WIM image of the C: partition ONLY

I have an old laptop with windows 10 Pro installed and I want to make a .wim of the C: drive using DISM so I can append it to the system partition of my new laptop I have never used DISM before. How ...
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Whether a `.wim` file is a disk's all copy? contains all the partitions of a disk? [duplicate]

We know the WIM is Windows Imaging Format, such as we know the install.wim, is it mean all of a disk's copy? if the disk have four partitions, will the install.wim contains all the four partitions ...
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Windows SIM is failing to open a .wim with a System.BadImageFormatException

I'm trying to validate my Answer file using Windows System Image Manager. To do this, I need to open the Install.wim off of the .iso provided by my vendor, however when I try to open both the x64 and ...
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Why do these configuration file exclusions work with DISM /Capture-Image but not the New-WindowsImage cmdlet?

I am trying to create a configuration file to define exclusions for an image capture as described in DISM Configuration List and WimScript.ini Files. The exclusion rules seem to be ignored when I ...
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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