Norton Power Eraser compatibility with WIMBoot enabled computers

This article provides more information about the compatibility of the Norton Power Eraser tool with computers that have WIMBoot enabled.

What is WIMBoot?

  • Windows Image Boot (WIMBoot) is a feature that is available in certain versions of Windows 8.1 and above. It lets you set up a computer in a certain way, so that it runs directly from a compressed Windows image file (WIM file). WIMBoot can significantly reduce the amount of disk space used by Windows files.

    To use WIMBoot, the computer must be manufactured with the WIMBoot configuration, which was introduced with Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 computers with Windows 8.1 Update. The most common computers that are configured with WIMBoot are those with limited storage space, such as those with 32GB or less.

    To know more about WIMBoot, read the Microsoft article.

Is Norton Power Eraser compatible with WIMBoot?

  • Norton Power Eraser is not compatible with the WIMBoot enabled computers due to the following functionality of WIMBoot. In a traditional Windows installation (without WIMBoot), the system files are created in the disk as discrete files. In a Windows installation, (with WIMBoot), the system files are created as compressed file (WIM File) in the disk. The installer creates a set of pointer files, which redirect the user to the compressed system file. Since the system files are not available as discrete files, Norton Power Eraser is unable to scan them.

How do I know if WIMBoot is enabled on my computer?

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

  2. Type in the following text, and then press Enter.


    If the User Account Control window appears, click Continue.

  3. In the Disk Management window, on the Disk 0 partition, Wim Boot is displayed if WimBoot is enabled on your computer.

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DOCID: v110082286_EndUserProfile_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 09/12/2017