I am running Windows 10 Pro 64bit on my PC, and have installed Windows ADK for Windows 10. When using Windows System Image Manager, and trying to load a install.wim file in it, i get the following error message:

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Which in the log looks something like this:

20:38 : This application requires version 10.0.10240.16384 of the Windows ADK.
Install this version to correct the problem
20:38 : 
20:38 : Error opening Windows image at D:\sources\install.wim.

20:38 : 
20:38 : System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception (0x80004005): An attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format
   bij Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.WimFileHandle..ctor(String wimPath)
   bij Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.WimInfo..ctor(String wimPath)
   bij Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.Cpi.OpenWim(String wimPath)
   bij Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ImagePicker.GetImageInfoFromPath(String path)
   bij Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ImagePicker.ValidateImageFileOrFolder(String fileOrFolder)

After doing some research, I found an answer to upgrade my ADK to the version that was asked for in the error message (16384).

I could download this version here.

When checking the version I currently have in SIM, I noticed I 10.0.10240.16384 version:

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How do I load install.wim, from an Windows 10 installation disk, into SIM, without getting any errors?

  • See if the answer here solves it for you
    – Moab
    Aug 3, 2015 at 22:52
  • @Moab As described in my question, i did that, and the problem still occurs when trying to open the file with the right version of WIM.
    – Bas
    Aug 5, 2015 at 9:42
  • Just testing per OP request here. Aug 18, 2015 at 13:40

2 Answers 2


I found solution here.

Run the below script from Deployment Tools Environment

:: Rename the original install.wim file.
rename D:\sources\install.wim install.bak
:: Create an empty temporary directory.
mkdir D:\sources\dummy
:: Create a new install.wim file with dummy image.
dism.exe /Capture-Image /ImageFile:D:\sources\install.wim /CaptureDir:D:\sources\dummy /Name:dummy /Compress:Max
:: Export the first Windows image to the empty install.wim file.
dism.exe /Export-Image /SourceImageFile:D:\sources\install.bak /SourceIndex:1 /DestinationImageFile:D:\sources\install.wim /Compress:Max
:: Delete the first dummy index in install.wim
dism.exe /Delete-Image /ImageFile:D:\sources\install.wim /Index:1
:: Delete temporary directory.
rmdir D:\sources\dummy

Now you can open install.wim in WSIM.

Also you can delete the original (install.bak) file and create the the bootable media using oscdimg.exe

  • This helped me when WSIM demanded the same version 10.0.14393.0 of the ADK that I was already using.
    – Ben Voigt
    Nov 4, 2016 at 21:54

Try using 7Zip to extract install.esd to install.wim.

I had tried using the DISM cmd running cmd line as admin, but was also getting "An attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format". DISM log file was only marginally helpful and I decided to try 7ZIP, which seems to be working for me now.

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