Add Packages to a Distribution Share

Packages are groups of files that Microsoft provides. These groups of files include service packs, security updates, language packs, and modifications to Windows® features. You can add a package to a Windows installation by using an answer file, a configuration set, or a distribution share.

You must use Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM) to import packages. After a package is imported and available in a distribution share, you can add the package to an answer file. For more information, see Add a Package to an Answer File.


For specific information about how to add language packs, see Add Multilingual Support to a Windows Distribution.

To import a package to a distribution share:

  1. Select and open a distribution share. For more information, see Create or Open a Distribution Share.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Import Package(s). The Select Package(s) to Import window opens.
  3. Browse 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.

Windows System Image Manager How-to Topics

Manage Files and Folders in a Distribution Share