ImageX is a command-line tool that works with the latest Windows® image (.wim) files. The .wim files contain one or more volume images for a Windows operating system. A volume image represents the captured volume or partition of a Windows operating system. The primary purpose of the ImageX tool is to capture, modify, and apply images for deployment in a manufacturing or corporate IT environment.

You typically use the ImageX tool with the Windows Imaging File System Filter (WIM FS Filter) driver. The WIM FS Filter driver enables you to mount an image to a directory, where you can browse, copy, paste, and edit the files from a file-management tool, such as Windows Explorer, without extracting or recreating the image. ImageX is commonly used in a Windows PE environment during image-based deployments.

In This Section

What Is ImageX?

Describes the benefits, common scenarios, limitations, dependencies, supported platforms, and technologies related to ImageX.

How ImageX Works

Describes the architecture and how ImageX works.

ImageX Command-Line Options

Describes the ImageX command-line options.

Windows Imaging File Format (WIM)

Describes the Windows image (.wim) file format.

Create a Windows Image for Multiple Architecture Types

Describes how to manage multiple images for multiple architecture types.

Create an ImageX Configuration File

Describes how to create a configuration file to determine which folders and files to include or not include.

Append a Volume Image to an Existing Image

Describes how to use the /append option appends a volume image to an existing .wim file.

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