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In the previous article, we have seen how to benefit from the new wimboot feature of MS Windows 8.1 : install, capture with wimboot (from winpe), restore with wimboot (from winpe).

CloneDisk now also support wimboot (thru wimgapi.dll) for those who prefer a GUI rather than the DISM command line.

Capturing with the wimboot flag will make it so that the wim file will use a XPRESS chunk size of 4096 (vs 32768) and the image will have the extra flag wimboot.

Some facts :

-My clean install is around 13 GB.

-My wim file is around 7 GB.

-My « wimboot » install occupies « only » 3.5 GB  on drive C. (of which near 3 gigs are taken by hyberfil.sys, pagefile.sys, swapfile.sys)

Discuss it here.


 Posted by at 21 h 53 min

  3 Responses to “Windows 8.1 update 1 and Wimboot made easy part 2”

  1. Hi Erwan.
    Thank you so much for all tutorial about Windows 8.1 update 1 and Wimboot made easy.
    I was try with this tutorial (part 1 and part 3), and it was work ok. My system infomations:
    – Windows 8.1 update 1 (32 bit); 160gb hardisk (MBR).
    I use windows 8 pe (Strelec 8pe).
    But when I try use Clone disk to capture wimboot image. Nothing capture! Can you help me do it with Clone disk? Thanks again!

    • Hi,

      Do you get an error message? a specific behavior?


      • I was try step by step
        – Install windows 8.1 update 1 32bit (partition C)
        – Setup some program and optimize OS
        – Boot into Strelec windows 8 pe (do not have wof driver)
        – Use Clonedisk capture parition C with wimboot option
        – Nothing capture and do not show any error
        what was i wrong? Can you help me?
        Thank you so much!

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