Format specifies the file system format to apply to the partition.



Formats the partition for NTFS. The Windows Vista® operating system supports booting from NTFS-formatted partitions only. This is the default value.


Formats the partition for the File Allocation Table (FAT) file system.

Extensible firmware interface (EFI) partition types are automatically partitioned as FAT.

This string type does not support empty elements. Do not create an empty value for this setting.

Valid Passes


Parent Hierarchy

Microsoft-Windows-Setup | DiskConfiguration | Disk | ModifyPartitions | ModifyPartition | Format

Applies To

For the list of the supported Windows editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Setup.

XML Example

The following XML output for the DiskConfiguration settings shows two partition modifications. The first modification formats the partition for NTFS, marks the partition as active and assigns the drive letter C to the partition. The second modification formats the second partition on the disk to NTFS, assigns the drive letter F to the partition, and extends the partition to fill the remainder of the disk.


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