Lab 13: Shrink your image size

Optimize your Windows image to save space on the PC, to speed up transfers to new devices, and to make it easier to store.

To do this, we'll use DISM tools that check for duplicate files. We'll mark the files for removal. These files won't be removed until we export the image.

image: Mount the image, mark duplicate files for removal, unmount the image, then export the image.

Step 1: Mount the images

Step 1: Mount the Windows image

Use the steps from Lab 3: Add device drivers (.inf-style) to mount the Windows image. The short version:

  1. Open the command line as an administrator (Start > type deployment > right-click Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment > Run as administrator.)

  2. Make a backup of the file (copy "C:\Images\Win10_x64\sources\install.wim" C:\Images\install-backup.wim)

  3. Mount the image (md C:\mount\windows, then Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:"C:\Images\install.wim" /Index:1 /MountDir:"C:\mount\windows" /Optimize)

Step 2: Optimize the image, part 1 (optional)

After adding a language or Windows update package, you can reduce the size of the image size by checking for duplicate files and marking the older versions as superseded.

  1. Optimize the image:

    Dism /Image:c:\mount\windows /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase
  2. Later, you'll export the image to remove the superseded files.

Step 3: Unmount the Windows image

  • Unmount and save the image:

    Dism /Unmount-Image /MountDir:C:\mount\windows /Commit

Step 4: Optimize the image, part 2 (optional)

If you've optimized the image, you'll need to export the image in order to see a change in the file size. During the export process, DISM removes files that were superseded.

  1. Export the Windows image into a new image file.

    Dism /Export-Image /SourceImageFile:"C:\Images\Win10_x64\sources\install.wim" /SourceIndex:1 /DestinationImageFile:"C:\Images\Win10_x64\sources\install-optimized.wim"

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