Fixing Unable to wimgapi.dll Error Message

What is wimgapi.dll?

Wimgapi.dll file is a part of the Windows imaging library which helps in creating customized Windows images. This dll file is part of the Windows Automated Installation Kit or WAIK software which can be downloaded from the Microsoft website.

What are the errors generated by wimgapi.dll?

The errors generated by wimgapi.dll are listed below:

  • Unable to load DLL "wimgapi.dll". The specified module could not be found (Exception 0X800700E7)
  • "wimgapi.dll not found"
  • “Missing wimgapi.dll“

What are the operating systems affected by the wimgapi.dll errors?

The WAIK application was designed mainly for the Windows Vista OS, so all the 32 and 64 bit versions of Vista are affected. They are-

  • Vista Starter
  • Vista Home Basic
  • Vista Home Premium
  • Vista Business
  • Vista Enterprise
  • Vista Ultimate

How to fix errors generated by wimgapi.dll

The wimgapi.dll file errors occur primarily while generating a boot image. It is also used to install Windows on new hardware with ease, as well as for updating existing installations. The OS is installed using the Windows Vista media disk, and WAIK loads first to create an environment for the OS to load as per the desired settings.

It helps in customizing the installation options and settings of the user without responding to any prompts. One of the core image files of WAIK is wimpapi.dll, which helps in creating advanced imaging tools. A majority of the third party tools include these files in their software. The problem occurs when the file is not packed in the software or when there is a file version mismatch.

To fix errors with wimgapi.dll, follow these steps:

  1. Download WAIK from the Microsoft website
  2. You have to burn the image onto a CD or DVD as it is distributed as an image file
  3. After burning the image to a disk, insert it in the DVD drive
  4. It will automatically read from the disk and recognize the version of the installed OS
  5. It will look for the WAIK folder and place wimgapi.dll in it; if the file is already present, it will overwrite it

Now try to create the image file, and if it still gives you the error, then you can manually replace the wimgapi.dll file. To achieve this, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Start, and then in the Run dialog box, type the path below:
    C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\x86
  2. Now copy and paste the wimgapi.dll file to the folders listed below:
    C:\windows\system32
    C:\Program Files\Windows Imaging

You can overwrite the file if it already exists and then restart the system. It is very important to restart the system as the imaging files are applied to the environment settings.

WAIK was primarily designed to deploy Windows Vista, but newer versions of WAIK are also present that help in creating boot images of Windows 2008 and Windows 7. Depending on the version of Windows you have, you can download and install the version of WAIK and solve all the errors related to wimgapi.dll.