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

2 Answers


In my case using the 1903 version solved the same issue.

Windows System Image Manager known issue

When using Window System Image Manager (SIM), you might encounter errors if the ADK is installed on a device running a 64-bit version of Windows. To create unattended Windows Setup answer files on a 64-bit version of Windows, download the WSIM 1903 update, and follow the included installation instructions.

answered on Super User Apr 17, 2020 by escalator • edited Jun 12, 2020 by Community

I was getting this error as well for the 1903 version. I went back to the page I downloaded the ADK installer from and noticed there was an update. After downloading in the update and following the instructions, the error went away and I was able to generate catalog file.

original download page:

link to update: Download the Windows System Image Manager (WSIM) 1903 update

answered on Super User Jan 16, 2020 by winemaker

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