Edit the registry of a WIM without having to recapture

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Here is how to edit the registry of a WIM without having to recapture:

  • Mount the WIM file with ImageX:
imagex /mountrw myOS.wim 1 c:\mount 

  • Load the desired registry hive (in this example it is Software):
reg load HKLM\mykey c:\mount\windows\system32\config\software 

  • Open regedit and make the changes.

  • Unload the registry:
reg unload HKLM\mykey 

  • Commit the changes back to the WIM file:
imagex /unmount /commit c:\mount

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