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DISM - Deployment Image Servicing and Management Technical Reference for Windows

Updated: October 20, 2013

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

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). You can also use DISM 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 8.1, and it is also distributed in the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK). It can be used to service Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2, 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


What is DISM?

Describes the DISM system requirements, benefits, common servicing and management scenarios, and limitations.

DISM How-to Topics (Deployment Image Servicing and Management)

Provides how-to instructions on using DISM.

DISM Reference (Deployment Image Servicing and Management)

Provides reference information for DISM, including command-line options, best practices, and supported platforms.

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