Validate an Answer File

Applies To: Windows 7


This content applies to Windows 7. For Windows 8 content, see Windows Deployment with the Windows ADK.

Before an answer file can be saved in Windows® System Image Manager (Windows SIM), the settings must first be validated.

The following procedure describes how to validate the settings in an answer file. When an answer file is validated successfully, all the setting values in the answer file can be applied to the Windows image.

To validate the settings in an answer file

  1. In Windows SIM, open a Windows image.

    For more information, see Open a Windows Image or Catalog File.

  2. Open or create an answer file.

    For more information, see Open an Answer File or Create a New Answer File.

  3. On the Tools menu, click Validate Answer File.

    The setting values in the answer file are compared with the available settings in the Windows image.


If no modifications have been made to component settings, the component is not saved with the answer file.

If the answer file validates successfully, a message verifying no warnings or errors in the answer file appears in the Messages pane on the Validation tab. Otherwise, error messages appear in the same location.


If an error occurs, double-click the error in the Messages pane to navigate to the setting.

See Also


Add a Component to an Answer File
Customize a Setting in an Answer File