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WIM Windows Imaging Format



WHAT IS WIM FILE FORMAT

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Microsoft Windows Imaging Format (WIM) is a bootable file-based disk image format developed by Microsoft for superseding CAB format in software components / updates distribution on MS Windows platform, from Windows Vista onward, marked by .wim extension - .swm extension is conventionally used for spanned Windows Imaging Format files.
WIM format uses fast LZX compression, a LZ77 family algorithm.

As analogy of scope, not file format features or specifications, WIM for modern Windows platforms has a similar role to TAR on Unix/Linux platforms.

PeaZip fully support working with Windows Imaging Format format both for writing (create, update) and reading (view, browser, extract), unlike most other image formats which are read-only supported, like Apple DMG, ISO, UDF, and VMDK formats

Read more: create, open, and extract WIM files, open, and extract CAB files

External online resources: WIMMicrosoft WIM image file format Windows Imaging file format specs on Microsoft Technet, LZXLZX wiki compression algorithm on Wikipedia.

  



  

.WIM

Author Microsoft

SPEED Microsoft wim files

Usually high, due fast and lightweight LZX compression algorithm.







COMPRESSION RATIO wim files

Usually moderate, for most input data types, as LZX algorithm is employed.

ADVANCED OPTIONS N/A
WIM is usually employed as distribution format for software packages, cannot be evaluated in terms of pure archiving options.








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