isysoev
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Windows 8.1 update WIMboot on Dell Venue 8 Pro ?

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With recent Windows 8.1 update new WIMboot feature can save quite a lot of space on Windows partition, replacing Windows system files with much smaller pointer files, to compressed image in hidden recovery partition.

I assume that Dell will implement it for future shipments soon, but is it possible to do on existing tablets ? I.e. get an updated recovery partition image with WIMboot, and reinstall Windows from it ? I can afford re-installation pain to get couple GB of free space.

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Ipaqman11
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RE: Windows 8.1 update WIMboot on Dell Venue 8 Pro ?

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I applied the WIMBoot feature to my Dell Venue 8 Pro and got over 20 GB of free space.  It is safest done on a factory stock Windows (via reset) but it can be done on a full Windows.

If you google Dell Venue and WIMBoot, you can find some posts about doing this to your DV8P..

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St. Lamar
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RE: Windows 8.1 update WIMboot on Dell Venue 8 Pro ?

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I'm curious, too, but I haven't seen anything out there about using it on existing devices. I thought it sounded ominous when Microsoft explained (in one of the blogs) that it would allow 16 GB devices to have 12 GB free. 16 GB Windows PC devices? Gee. Imagine how cheap and crummy they could be.

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drahnier
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RE: Windows 8.1 update WIMboot on Dell Venue 8 Pro ?

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I should be not too complicated to do it yourself. See here for a general explanation and how to: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn594399.aspx

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drahnier (Latitude 10, Venue 8 Pro 64GB, 2x Venue 8 Pro 32GB)

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St. Lamar
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RE: Windows 8.1 update WIMboot on Dell Venue 8 Pro ?

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Thank you, DRAHNIER. Very informative.

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Ipaqman11
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RE: Windows 8.1 update WIMboot on Dell Venue 8 Pro ?

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I applied the WIMBoot feature to my Dell Venue 8 Pro and got over 20 GB of free space.  It is safest done on a factory stock Windows (via reset) but it can be done on a full Windows.

If you google Dell Venue and WIMBoot, you can find some posts about doing this to your DV8P..

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