I doubt that would be a clean system.
The .wim files are an image of a system.
So the OEM probably installed the applications into Windows, then created
an image(wim file) with the apps already installed or least some of the
apps. They could have added some app later in scripts as well. These could
be a different locations as well as inside the registry already.
You can use the Windows AIK to mount a WIM files and there are directions
in there to build deployment solutions.
But what you will be looking is folder structure that is currently on your
drive. So you would probably have apps with files scattered under \program
files and under \windows\system32 installed. So there would be registry
entries inside there as well. It would be easier to do this with the
installed OS than to attempt to do this by modifying the WIM file.
There is not easy way to tear this apart and rebuild it clean I suspect.
Download location of the Windows AIK if you want to investigate further.
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|> I bought a notebook with Vista HP pre-installed. The notebook has given
|> quite a bit of trouble. The company repaired the hardware issues, but
|> are some pre-installed apps that the company puts on there that are
|> giving me problems. I would like to perform a CLEAN install of Vista
|> any of the proprietary JUNK that came with the notebook. Unfortunately,
|> not receive a Windows DVD with my notebook - just a RECOVEY Disk. This
|> is bootable, but when it launches, it only gives me the option to
|> Factory Settings. This installs Windows with all of the aforementioned
|> that is not desired.
|> I know that this disk contains my licensed copy of Vista. I can see all
|> the image files in a sub-directory on the DVD. In a folder called
|> can see a bunch of .WIM files and a few .CRC, .DAT, .I32 and .ITR files.
|> There are also two .TXT files and a file called CD0 with no extension.
|> Additionally, there is a BOOT.WIM file in another directory which I
|> contains a WinPE image for starting the install process.
|> So how can I use ImageX to extract the necessary files for a Vista
|> installation from the Recovery DVD, copy them to my HD and then burn a
|> bootable Vista Set-up DVD to perform the CLEAN install on my notebook?
|> Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
|> Thank you.