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[Solved] No awareness of Windows "packages"?

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:24 pm
by Atronach

in the README.WINDOWS.TXT from the wimlib Windows distribution there's a warning:
* wimlib-imagex has no awareness of Windows "packages"
At first I imagined that by backuping my Windows system volume I'd loose all the *.msi/*.msp content in the %windir%/installer folder and with that I'd also loose the "Programs and Features" functionality in the Control Panel or the "Apps & features" equivalent in the Windows Settings for already present installed programs. However after inspecting the resulting *.esd file I can still see the *.msi/*.msp content is still there. So can you please tell me then specific ramifications of the wimlib not being aware of Windows packages?

Thank You.

Re: No awareness of Windows "packages"?

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:18 pm
by synchronicity
It means that wimlib doesn't provide convenience commands to add/remove Windows packages like DISM does: ... using-dism

But wimlib will still capture and restore installed packages at the file level, like any other files on the filesystem. They're not treated specially in any way.