Windows SIM was unable to generate a catalog file


When I create catalog file using Windows System Image Manager (SIM), it eventually errors out that

"Windows SIM was unable to generate a catalog file....."

Full Error message screen shot here.

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The logfile contents are here:

1:44 PM : This application requires version 10.0.17134.1 of the Windows ADK.
Install this version to correct the problem
1:44 PM : 
1:44 PM : Windows SIM was unable to generate a catalog. For troubleshooting assistance, see the topic: 'Windows System Image Manager Technical Reference' in the Windows ADK User's Guide.
1:44 PM : 
1:44 PM : System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception (0x80004005): Unknown error (0xc1420127)

Server stack trace: 
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.WimImageInfo.PreCreateCatalog()
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.OfflineImageInfo.CreateCatalog()
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.CatalogCreatorImpl.CreateCatalog(OfflineImageInfo offlineImageInfo)
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Messaging.StackBuilderSink._PrivateProcessMessage(IntPtr md, Object[] args, Object server, Object[]& outArgs)
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Messaging.StackBuilderSink.SyncProcessMessage(IMessage msg)

Exception rethrown at [0]: 
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Proxies.RealProxy.HandleReturnMessage(IMessage reqMsg, IMessage retMsg)
   at System.Runtime.Remoting.Proxies.RealProxy.PrivateInvoke(MessageData& msgData, Int32 type)
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.ICatalogCreator.CreateCatalog(OfflineImageInfo offlineImageInfo)
   at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.CatalogGenerator.CreateCat(ProgressDialog pd, Object o)

Microsoft documentation of this doesn't quite help since I am using x64 version of SIM on Windows 10 x64 (I don't even know where to get x86 version).

I tried the same steps on another Windows 10 x64 system and I was able to create catalog file using the same process.

My question is why exactly am I getting this error? Secondly even though it fails but it does create the catalog file in the directory. I can actually select it in Windows SIM and load it fine and also create new answer file. But is it incomplete or missing components or might have other issues?

The host PC is Windows 10 1803.

Windows SIM comes as part of Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit, here is a snapshot of installation of that.

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There is no way to tell if its x64 version or x32 but I downloaded it from here. Even that doesn't say which architecture, this is the only link for Win10.


I uninstalled Windows ADK and reinstalling it. I noticed it picks c:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits.... so it is the 32 bit version. How do I get 64 bit version of ADK?

asked on Super User Jan 4, 2019 by zar • edited Jan 7, 2019 by zar

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