Deployment Image Servicing & Management Tool (DISM.exe) in Windows 8/10

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a command line tool that you can use to service a Windows image or prepare a Windows PE image.

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM)

The DISM tool replaces the Package Manager (pkgmgr.exe), PEimg, and Intlcfg tools used with Windows Vista. Deployment Image Servicing and Management or DISM consolidates the functionality found in those three tools, as well as delivers new functionality to improve the experience of offline servicing.

When used in Windows 8, you get the added functionality. You can use DISM to:

  1. Add, remove, and enumerate packages and drivers.
  2. Enable or disable Windows features.
  3. Apply changes based on the offline servicing section of an unattend.xml answer file.
  4. Configure international settings.
  5. Upgrade a Windows image to a different edition.
  6. Prepare a Windows PE image.
  7. Take advantage of better logging.
  8. Service down-level operating systems like Windows Vista with SP1 and Windows Server 2008.
  9. Service all platforms (32-bit, 64-bit, and Itanium).
  10. Service a 32-bit image from a 64-bit host and service a 64-bit image from a 32-bit host.
  11. Make use of old Package Manager scripts.