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ImageX is a command-line tool used to edit WIM image format files from within Windows.
ImageX build 6.0.4059.0 (main.031208-1842) was the first developed prototype to allow Microsoft OEM Partners to experiment the imaging technology introduced in Windows Vista. It was developed in parallel with Longhorn alpha prototypes and the final build was compiled in December 8, 2003. It was first introduced in early Milestone 4 into the Longhorn Project, and builds 4015, 4029, 4051 and 4074 benefited the most by using it. It was a significant leap over build 3718, nearly reducing the install time by half.
ImageX (build 4008) has also been used to deploy Microsoft Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs.
ImageX interim builds exist that are not compatible with previous and newer WIM images. Specifically, this applies to Vista build 5048. No ImageX tool has been released to cover these interim formats, and they are now considered obsolete.
It is available as part of Microsoft Windows Automated Installation Kit and Microsoft's Business Desktop Deployment 2007. Build 6.0.5384.4 (winmain_beta2.060518-1455) features significant advantages over previous versions, like read only and read/write folder mounting capabilities, splitting to multiple image files (SWM), a WIM filter driver and the latest LZX compression algorithms. It has been used in pre-RC (release candidates) for Vista ever since.
Category: Upcoming software