[ipxe-devel] wimboot

Michael Brown mbrown at fensystems.co.uk
Tue Sep 18 14:35:38 UTC 2012

Hi all,

Another new feature that may be of interest: the ability to boot arbitrary 
Windows PE images (.wim format) via a straightforward HTTP download.  (Faster 
than HTTP SAN-booting or TFTP and, unlike with memdisk, you don't lose the 
memory used for the ramdisk image.)

Tested on every version of Windows from Vista through to Server 2012.  Typical 
download time for WinPE is around two seconds.

Documentation is at



with source code for the standalone WinPE bootstrap program (wimboot) from




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