.WIM File Extension

Windows Imaging Format

General Information

Title WIM File Extension
Extension .wim
Full Form Windows Imaging Format
File Type Disk Image File
Developer Microsoft
MIME Type application/octet-stream

File Function

Primary Function Disk image storage
Additional Functions Data compression, File spanning
Features File-based, Non-sector based

File Characteristics

Quality High compression
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable With tools

Use Cases

System Deployment Yes
Data Backup Yes
System Recovery Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Malicious modification
Best Practices Signature verification, Secure storage

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 2007
Latest Version Included in Windows 10

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .swm, .esd

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
DISM Free Windows
7-Zip Free Windows, Linux
ImageX Free Windows