Add Packages to a Distribution Share

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2


This content applies to Windows 7. For Windows 8 content, see Windows Deployment with the Windows ADK.

Packages are groups of files provided by Microsoft that include service packs, security updates, language packs, and modifications to Windows® features. To be imported and added to an answer file, packages must be placed in a specific folder on a distribution share.

You must use Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM) to import packages. Once the package is imported and made available in the distribution share pane, you can add the package to the answer file.


  • You can also use the Component Platform Interface (CPI) application programming interface (API) to import packages to a distribution share.

  • For information about adding language packs, see Create a Distribution Share for a Multilingual Image.

  • To import a package

    1. Select and open a distribution share. For more information, see Open a Distribution Share.

    2. On the Tools menu, select Import Package(s).

      The Select Package(s) to Import window opens.

    3. Navigate to the file or folder, select the file or folder, and then click Open or Open Folder.

      Windows SIM adds the selected package to the distribution share folder. The newly added package is displayed under the Packages node in the Distribution Share pane.

    See Also


    Understanding Distribution Shares and Configuration Sets