WIM File

Did your computer fail to open a WIM file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .WIM files.

What is a WIM file?

A .WIM file is a Windows Imaging Format disk image file. WIM stands for Windows Imaging Format. Files with the .wim file extension contain disk images that can be mounted within the Windows operating system, which means you can access the file system stored within the WIM file like it was a hard disk.

These WIM-files allow a user to use the disk image on multiple computer platforms. WIM files are very similar to other disk image formats, but this file format is file-based and not and not sector-based like most disk image formats.

Some versions of Windows use the WIM file format as a part of their installation process. Microsoft actually developed the WIM file format to deploy the Windows operating environment.

How to open WIM files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with extension WIM for different purposes. We have identified 3 WIM openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of WIM file.

Programs that open WIM files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
PowerArchiverPowerArchiverVerified
We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
We have not yet verified any web services that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Suggest another file format using extension WIM

While we know of one file format using the .WIM file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .WIM file.

Various WIM file openers, viewers, etc.

These apps are known to open certain types of WIM files. Remember, different programs may use WIM files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

PowerISOPowerISOUser submitted
WinMount ApplicationWinMount ApplicationUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
BandizipBandizipUser submitted
Hamster Lite ArchiverHamster Lite ArchiverUser submitted
FreeArcFreeArcUser submitted
WoopieZIPWoopieZIPUser submitted
Express Zip File CompressionExpress Zip File CompressionUser submitted
UnzipLiteUnzipLiteUser submitted
Hamster Free ArchiverHamster Free ArchiverUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with WIM-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with WIM-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!