Open/Extract WIM File with Freeware on Windows/Mac/Linux
WIM (Windows Imaging Format) is WIM is a file-based disk image format that was introduced in Windows Vista. WIM files are compressed packages that contain a number of related files. The format of a WIM file is optimized for maximum compression with LZX, for fast compression with XPRESS, or uncompressed.
A WIM file structure contains up to six types of resources: header, file resource, metadata resource, lookup table, XML data, and integrity table. The following illustration shows the general layout of a WIM file that contains two images.
Like other disk image formats, a WIM file contains a set of files and associated filesystem metadata. However, unlike sector-based formats (such as ISO or VHD), WIM is file-based: The fundamental unit of information in a WIM is a file.
WIM files can contain multiple disk images, which are referenced either by their numerical index or by their unique name. Due to the use of single-instance storage, the more each successive disk image has in common with previous images added to the WIM file, the less new data will be added. A WIM can also be split (spanned) into multiple parts, which have the .swm extension.
WIM images can be made bootable. Windows boot loader supports booting Windows from within a WIM file. Windows Setup DVD in Windows Vista and later use such WIM files. In this case, BOOT.WIM contains a bootable version of Windows PE from which the installation is performed. Other setup files are held in the INSTALL.WIM.
Open/Extract WIM File on Windows
Easy 7-Zip opens/extracts WIM file easily on Windows. The Easy 7-Zip was developed based on 7-Zip. 7-Zip is a famous open source file archiver. The Easy 7-Zip is an easy-to-use version of 7-Zip. The open source freeware keeps all features of 7-Zip and adds a few useful features that makes the software more user-friendly.
Easy 7-Zip works on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/2008/2003/XP/2000 (both 32-bit and 64-bit compatible).
You will see files or folders within the WIM file then, click button Extract to extract the WIM file.
And then, choose Extract files..., Extract Here, or Extract to "folder\" to extract the WIM file.
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You can try other alternative freeware that opens/extracts WIM file on Windows. For example:
Open/Extract WIM File on Mac
There are few freeware on Mac that opens/extracts WIM file. Anyway, you can try the following freeware.
Open/Extract WIM File on Linux
You need to install p7zip to extract the WIM file. p7zip is the Unix command-line port of 7-Zip.
Install p7zip-full on CentOS and Fedora
Install p7zip-full on Debian and Ubuntu
List directories and files in WIM file
Extract WIM file on Linux
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