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 that are compatible with this specific type of WIM file.

Programs that open Windows Imaging Format disk image files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
PowerArchiverPowerArchiverVerified

Last updated: July 6, 2022

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.

PowerISOPowerISOUser submitted
WinMount ApplicationWinMount ApplicationUser submitted
BandizipBandizipUser submitted
Hamster Free ArchiverHamster Free ArchiverUser submitted
FreeArcFreeArcUser submitted
WoopieZIPWoopieZIPUser submitted
Express Zip File CompressionExpress Zip File CompressionUser submitted
UnzipLiteUnzipLiteUser submitted
KuaiZipKuaiZipUser submitted
WinArchiverWinArchiverUser submitted

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