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does a captured install.wim only contain windows?

  1. #11


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8


    My next question is if i ever need to make major changes to wimboot, what's the best fastest way of doing it? It's a little slow to have to reconvert my tablet from wimboot back to normal boot configuration and then recapture the new configuration to a new wimboot.

    I know you can use DISM to add and remove files but you have to know exactly what files you are adding or removing but that's not easy to do manually since a regular windows installation or upgrade routine can include hundreds of files or registry changes.
    Last edited by wildpig1234; 09 Dec 2014 at 12:47.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    When you create wimboot images from the windows setup media sources folder "install.wim" using the method described.. You get a clean windows install_wimboot.wim and a winre_wimboot.wim...

    After you apply those two wim(s) to the HD - you customize you windows installation.
    Then you recapture the changes into a custom.wim

    If you need to make major changes to your system - you reapply the *wimboot.wim(s) and then you make your changes, then recapture your major again into a custom.wim

    You can not swap out the wim(s) as the custom.wim points to the install.wim..

    Them are linked togather by "pointer files" so you must start over with the customization process..

    But you can reuse the original Install_wimboot.wim and winre_wimboot.wim you created from the setup media Install.wim
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  3. #13


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    So here is the whole process in a nutshell..
    create wimboot images out of the setup install.wim
    apply the wimboot images to HD
    add your programs to your windows installation
    capture your added programs and changes into a custom.wim..

    want to make major changes.. Start over..
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  4. #14


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8


    yeah i guess so... . oh well, good to know all the pros and cons and limitations. I will still use wimboot but will have to think harder about what to start out with to minimize having to redo due to major changes.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Just do windows, then capture windows updates and your system drivers into a custom wim..

    that way you have clean windows to refer / and reset to..

    then you just have to reinstall your programs (since that is the issue) and that way when you un-install a program you added (it actually un-installs the program)
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  6. #16


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8


    I am thinking also including office 2007 and acrobat reader inside the wimboot recovery to take advantage of the compression also. Will do an update to office before capturing the wim. Not planning to upgrade from office 2007 or acrobat and I can't see too many updates to it.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    after you install office 2007 and update the service packs, you can delete the MSOcache (it is a hidden database of the office installation files) and if for some reason windows ever needed them you could point and use the installation files
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