The swm file extension is related to the Windows Imaging Format and used for its split archive files (some kind of disk image file format). Windows Imaging Format is supported by Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

There are 2 other file types using
the SWM file extension!

empty icon.swm - Supportworks ESP message file

empty icon.swm - Vim swap data

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Software that works with swm file extension

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SWM file extension - Windows Imaging Format split archive

What is swm file? How to open swm files?

The swm file extension is associated with the Windows Imaging Format.

The Windows Imaging Format (WIM) is a file-based disk image format. It was developed by Microsoft to deploy its latest Windows operating system releases, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, which use it as part of their standard installation procedure.

By default, swm backup files are called:

backup.swm, backup1.swm, backup2.swm etc.

The default software associated to swm file type:

Microsoft Windows 7 icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows 7  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Operating system released in 2009 available for desktops, notebooks, netbooks, tablets and media centers. It was replaced by Windows 8 and Windows 10. Support ends on January 14, 2020.

Microsoft distributes Windows 7 in four editions: Windows 7 Starter is designed for netbooks. Windows 7 Home Premium is used in home computers and notebooks. Windows 7 Professional is for business using and Windows 7 Ultimate contains all features from all previous Windows 7 editions and some others.

Microsoft Windows Vista icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows Vista  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows Vista is operating system for desktop computers, laptops, tablet computers and media centers. Windows Vista was released in 2007 as a successor of Microsoft Windows XP. Windows Vista was distributed in six editions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate. Windows Vista contains many new features, such as new GUI called Aero, multimedia tools, redesigned settings sub-systems, security improvements etc. In 2009 was Windows Vista replaced by new Windows 7.

Microsoft Windows Server icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows Server  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows Server is server operating system based on Windows NT core. It is based on the same code as Windows Vista. However it contains many improved features as well as other server and  network features.

Help how to open SWM files:

Use Windows features to open *.swm split archives.

How to convert file with extension SWM:

Currently there is no specific information available, about how to convert this file extension.

For general information try to look at:
Basic info how to convert archives and compressed files

Related links:

What is ImageX?

List of software applications associated to the .swm file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open swm file, edit swm file, convert swm file, view swm file, play swm file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is ableto perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting swm files.

  • Open swm file
  • Create swm file
  • Extract swm file

Software that open swm file - Windows Imaging Format split archive

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open swm file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with swm file by default:
Microsoft Windows 7 small icon Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows Vista small icon Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows Server small icon Microsoft Windows Server

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