What is a .WIM File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Guide)

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Have you came across a file with the .wim extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .wim file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .WIM file?

The .WIM file extension comes from Windows Imaging Format File. This file extension was developed by Microsoft. This file belongs to the binary format and it is a disk image file.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .wim file on 1 platform.

How to open a .WIM file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .WIM file on various operating systems.

How to open a .WIM file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .wim file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the ExtractNow software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use WinMount International WinMount, 7-Zip, PeaZip and ExtractNow software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .WIM file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the ExtractNow software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .WIM file?

If you cannot open the .WIM file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .WIM file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .win – FoxPro Window Settings, .win – Microsoft, .win – YoYo Games, .winclone – Twocanoes Software, .windowslivecontact – Microsoft. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .WIM file with the ExtractNow, WinMount International WinMount, 7-Zip, PeaZip programs on Windows.