Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) Technical Reference
Published: February 29, 2012
Updated: May 31, 2012
Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2012
Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a command-line tool that is used to mount and service Windows® images before deployment. You can use DISM image management commands to mount, and get information about, Windows image (.wim) files or virtual hard disks (VHD) and to capture, split, and otherwise manage .wim files.
The ImageX tool is deprecated in Windows® 8 and has been replaced with DISM for image management.
You can also use DISM to install, uninstall, configure, and update Windows features, packages, drivers, and international settings in a.wim file or VHD using the DISM servicing commands.
DISM commands are used on offline images, but subsets of the DISM commands are also available for servicing a running operating system.
DISM is installed with Windows 8, and it is also distributed in the Windows® Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK). It can be used to service Windows 8, 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.
In This Section
Describes the DISM system requirements, benefits, common servicing and management scenarios, and limitations.
Provides how-to instructions on using DISM.
Provides reference information for DISM, including command-line options, best practices, and supported platforms.