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does a captured install.wim only contain windows?

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    Windows 8

    does a captured install.wim only contain windows?


    so I have a regular full installation of win8.1 with office 2007, mpc-hc, classic shell, acrobat, etc. I want to convert to a wimboot setup. would my captured install.wim to be deployed to the recovery partition only contain windows or it would contain all other progs also?

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    Windows 8


    think I answered my own question. the install.wim does also contains other programs. I guess if you later do an uninstall the files still there in the recovery partition so you can't really uninstall? guess have to be carefull about what to and not included when making the install.wim....
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Yes and No.. It depends if you capture the wim before or after you install the programs..

    Since you are trying to do wimboot - I need to know what install.wim you are referring to?

    There are plenty to choose from.. The install.wim from your recovery partition, the install*.swm(s) from your recovery media or the install.wim from windows setup..

    A clean wimboot install uses the install.wim from the windows setup media.. you use that wim to create your wimboot images, then you customize your windows, then recapture the customizations into a custom.wim

    I have the whole process scripted out in a to scripts along with How To's

    Create a Recovery Partition and Recovery Image

    and for a better understanding

    Create WIMBoot Images
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    Windows 8


    I played around a lil and looks like wim file contains everything on c: at whatever state yr computer is at at that time of making the wim file. Im talking about my own wim file that i make.... So then if i capture my wim file after completely setting up my tablet with all progs installed then wim file appears to contain all the apps too. i guess the only problem is that if you deploy that wim file for wimboot, you can't really uninstall those progs in true sense because the files in wimboot recovery partition are not deleted and windows just the delete the pointer files for those files? So i guess if you are sure you not going to uninstall a program then you can leave it in wimboot recovery partition to take advantage of the compression. o/w if you know you are going to update or uninstall reinstall a program frequently then that program should be all on c: ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildpig1234 View Post
    think I answered my own question. the install.wim does also contains other programs. I guess if you later do an uninstall the files still there in the recovery partition so you can't really uninstall? guess have to be carefull about what to and not included when making the install.wim....
    You want to include Office as it is big and I doubt you can uninstall. You gotta be careful about upgrades you do after creation too - these will not form part of it and will still be uncompressed. You'll want to re-do it periodically after doing a lot of windows updates.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Yes the Factory Install.wim does contain all the programs..

    And yes if you capture your installed programs into a wimboot install.wim - then when you choose to un-install them - you will only be removing the pointer files.. If you reset the PC the programs would be re-installed
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    Windows 8


    the next iteration of this technology would be a sort of return to the day doublespace and real time complete HDD compression back in those old days? . This would allows for updates and uninstall and reinstall without wasting space on old files .

    Hopefully this time around with much faster cpu and ssd and maybe better coding, it might be good and fast enough for most users not to notice?
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Now they use DISM to add packages, features, drivers and the likes to offline images
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    Windows 8


    sure you can use DISM to add and maybe to even remove files, but without knowing exactly what to remove (and add) like what the regular msi or installation exe does, you could be working a little in the dark....

    I think i have a much better idea of wim file and wimboot now. Good to know exactly what it can and can't do before i retrofit it onto my tabs.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    winboot use a recovery image install.wim and only puts pointer files the windows partition that point back to the install.wim

    thus keeping the used windows partition size to a minimum (by using a compressed format of windows rather then a fully expanded format.. So the wimboot.wim serve two functions - a windows image and a recovery image
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