Windows SIM (System Image Manager)

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows® System Image Manager (Windows SIM) is the tool that you use to create unattended Windows Setup answer files.

Windows SIM is included with the Windows ADK. Download the Windows ADK from this website.

You can create an answer file by using information from a Windows image (.wim) file and a catalog (.clg) file. Component settings are added to an appropriate configuration pass in the answer file. You can also add packages to be installed during Windows Setup. The following topics describe conceptual information about Windows SIM.


If you experience problems creating catalog files by using Windows SIM, see Windows Image Files and Catalog Files Overview. This topic contains information about known issues and workarounds for creating catalog files.

In This Section

Windows SIM Overview Topics

Provides an overview of Windows SIM, the user interface, and important concepts for deploying Windows.

Windows SIM How-to Topics

Provides how-to instructions for using Windows SIM.

Windows SIM Reference Topics

Describes reference information for Windows SIM. This information includes components and settings and how Windows SIM works.

See Also

Other Resources

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) Technical Reference