Open a Distribution Share

A distribution share is an optional storage folder for device drivers, applications, and packages issued by Microsoft, such as hotfixes and installation customization files. Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM) requires a specific subfolder structure to open a distribution share folder.

If you create a distribution share folder by using Windows SIM, the correct distribution share folder structure is created for you. For more information, see Create a Distribution Share.


Windows SIM can open distribution shares only with at least one of the three specific subfolders: $OEM$ Folders; Out-of-Box Drivers; and Packages.

To open a distribution share

  1. Click the top node of the currently open distribution share.
    - or -
    Right-click and then select Select Distribution Share.
    The SelectaDistribution Share dialog box opens.
  2. Browse to the distribution share to open. The distribution share can be opened only if the following folder structure exists:
    $OEM$ Folders
    Out-of-Box Drivers
  3. Select the distribution share to open, and then click OK.
    The distribution share opens in the Distribution Share pane.

See Also


Create a Distribution Share
Explore Distribution Shares
Add Content to $OEM$ Folders
Add Out-of-Box Drivers to a Distribution Share
Import a Package to a Distribution Share