WIM File Type- The quick facts
What are WIM files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a WIM file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your 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
We have identified 3 WIM openers for Windows that are compatible with this specific type of WIM file.
Programs that open Windows Imaging Format disk image files
Last updated: January 5, 2022
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 apps that use files with this extension
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.