How to Use Windows 8.1 DISM

W8ShellDISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management. It is a command-line tool for mounting Windows images (.wim files) before deployment.  DISM replaces the ImageX tool in Windows 8.

You can use DISM commands to:

  • mount and get information about Windows image (.wim) files or virtual hard disks (VHD)
  • capture, split, and otherwise manage .wim files
  • install, uninstall, configure, and update Windows features, packages, drivers, and international settings in a .wim file or VHD using the DISM servicing commands.

To use DISM, Run Command Prompt as Administrator.

To get help on DISM:

dism /?

To create a Windows Image File (.wim):

dism /Capture-Image
     /Name:"My Windows Partition"

To mount a Windows Image File (.wim):

dism /Apply-Image
     /index:1 /ApplyDir:Z:\

DISM is installed with Windows 8.1, and it is also distributed in the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK). It can be used to service Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) 4.0, or Windows PE 3.0 images. DISM replaces several deployment tools, including PEimg, Intlcfg, ImageX, and Package Manager.

Published in: on October 28, 2014 at 5:30 am  Leave a Comment  

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