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26 Nov 2007
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can we use WIM for XP/2003 based projects?
Can this be possible :
1) Create an XP/2003 based PE from say BartPECore without building the final ISO or using RAMBOOT method.Just the PE files.
2) Create an empty RAW disk image , mount it with VDK or any other software.Format it with NTFS.
3) Copy the PE files to it.
4) Make an image of it with ImageX using LZX compression.
5) Use VistaPE's bootloader to copy it in RAM and boot from it the same way it does with WinPE 2.0

Steps 1-4 are possible.If step 5 is possible too then the XP/2003 based PE's will benefit a lot from it as it does VistaPE :
Ablity to write to the system drive.Free space user definable like VistaPE.
LZX compression on all files.No more bothering finding which files can be UPXed / CABed as the entire fileset gets compressed.
Single instance storage.Different builds in one WIM image maybe i don't know.
Less RAM usage.If VistaPE goes from 300MB down to 150MB including writeable space think about XP/2003 builds which are smaller.Plus faster booting due to smaller image size.Also with a comparable size one can fit more stuff like software and drivers.

In RAMBOOT based projects you can use CAB compression on the ISO/IMG file which gets loaded in memory.This reduces CD space usage but increases boot time a little bit as the ISO gets decompressed in RAM.Also the ISO image loaded didn't retain the compression level offered by the CAB format.This way i can fit an nLited XP (with driverpacks and some software integrated) and a customized BartPECore PE into one CD having to carry only one disc.Plus not all PCs got DVD drives so it can be used on older hardware too.

What do you think?
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