||Windows Imaging Format File
||Referenced by an application; not meant to be opened manually; may run a program or script when opened
||★ ★ ☆ Average
The WIM format is a disk image format introduced by Microsoft with Windows Vista. It contains multiple files in a single package. The archive may be compressed using LZX (maximum compression), XPRESS (maximum speed), or may be uncompressed.
Each WIM file has the following file structure:
- WIM Header - Defines the content of the WIM file, with related metadata.
- File Resources — Packages that contain source files and other data.
- Metadata Resource — Contains information about the captured files that you are capturing, including directory structure and file attributes.
- Lookup Table — Defines the location of resource files.
- XML Data — Contains additional information about the disk image.
- Integrity Table — Contains security information used to verify the integrity of the disk images.
About Microsoft ImageX
ImageX is a command-line tool developed by Microsoft that enables users to capture and modify file-based (rather than sector-based) disk images. It uses the WIM file format, which can be distributed locally or over a network. ImageX is commonly used by OEMs and corporations to streamline software distribution.
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||January 18, 2013