Opening WIM files

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

What is a WIM file?

WIM stands for Windows Imaging Format. Files that have the .wim file extension contain disk images that can be mounted within the Windows operating system. These 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.

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista both use the WIM file format as a part of their installation process. The WIM file format was actually developed by Microsoft in order to deploy the Windows operating environment.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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