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Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7

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.

The Windows® Automated Installation Toolkit (AIK) is a collection of tools and documentation designed to help IT Professionals deploy Windows.

The Windows AIK is ideal for highly customized environments. The tools in the AIK enable you to configure many deployment options, and they provide a high degree of flexibility. The corporate deployment environment varies from one company to another. Depending on your business needs and resources, you may choose to use all or parts of the resources available in the AIK.

Download the Windows AIK tools from this Microsoft web site:(

For the latest information about this release, see the Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 Readme.

Tools Included with the Windows AIK

The following table shows the important tools that are included with the Windows AIK.

Tool Description

Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM)

The tool used to open Windows images, create answer files, and manage distribution shares and configuration sets.


The tool used to capture, create, modify, and apply Windows images.

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM)

The tool used to apply updates, drivers, and language packs to a Windows image. DISM is available in all installations of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)

A minimal operating system environment used to deploy Windows. The AIK includes several tools used to build and configure Windows PE environments.

User State Migration Tool (USMT)

A tool used to migrate user data from a previous Windows operating system to Windows 7. USMT is installed as part of the AIK in the %PROGRAMFILES%\Windows AIK\Tools\USMT directory. For more information about USMT, see the User State Migration Tool User’s Guide (%PROGRAMFILES%\Windows AIK\Docs\Usmt.chm).