Windows Embedded Standard 7 allows you to add and remove features on your existing image.

This can be done very easily by using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool. The tool allows you to either online or offline edit your image. The online option enables you to add or remove features while the image is running. The offline version lets you add or remove features from an image which is currently not booted.

The basic command line to add feature packages to your image looks like this:

DISM /online /add-package /packagepath:<PathToThePackageDirectory>

The packages are located on the Windows Embedded Standard Runtime DVD – also known as the Image Building Wizard (IBW) in the following directory:


To add for example the Internet Explorer to your existing image you can use the following command:

DISM /online /add-package /packagepath:”e:\ds\packages\featurespack\x86~winemb-ie-explorer~~~~6.1.7600.16385~1.0”

To remove a package use the following command:

DISM /online /remove-package /packagepath:<PathToThePackageCABFile>

In this case you will have to specify the CAB file of the package which is located in the packages folder. Using the package folder itself does not always work.

DISM /online /remove-package /packagepath:”e:\ds\packages\featurespack\x86~winemb-ie-explorer~~~~6.1.7600.16385~1.0\”

After each command you should restart the operating system.

The video below shows you the whole process described above.