How to install a CAB (“cabinet”) file in Windows 11 or Windows 10

A CAB file is a Windows Cabinet file stored in an archive format.

The CAB format supports the data compression algorithms .ZIP, Quantum, and LZX. In addition, CAB files contain compressed data for Windows software installations, such as system files, network components, and device drivers.

In Windows 11 or Windows 10, you can install a CAB file using the Command Prompt or PowerShell. To install a CAB file, you use the utility (“DISM”).

You will not encounter CAB files very often. They are mainly used when installing drivers and standalone Windows update files. However, if you want to install a CAB file, you can do so in different ways. This article will tell you how to install a CAB file.

How to Install CAB file in Windows 11 or Windows 10

Install a CAB file using Command Prompt

As indicated in the accompanying text. To install a CAB file in Windows, you can use DISM through the Command Prompt.

Click on the magnifying glass or search bar in the Windows taskbar. In the search box type: Command Prompt. Next, right-click on the Command Prompt result and click “Run as Administrator”.

Run command prompt as administrator

Next, to install a CAB file using DISM.exe, you will need the CAB file’s path.

Then type the following command to install the CAB file:

dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:"<path to CAB file>"

Replace <path to CAB file> with the path in the above command.

Install cab file using command prompt

Install a CAB file via PowerShell

You can also install a cabinet file via PowerShell. This is how it works. First, click the Start button and search for PowerShell. Then, right-click on the Windows PowerShell result and click “Run as Administrator”.

Run PowerShell as administrator

Next, to install a CAB file via PowerShell, you will need the CAB file’s path.

Then type the following command to install the CAB file:

Add-WindowsPackage -Online -PackagePath "<path to CAB file>"

Replace <path to CAB file> with the path where the CAB file is located on your PC.

How to install CAB file using PowerShell in Windows

Extract a CAB file using File explorer

Some developers use a CAB file as an archive file for drivers. Installing it via DISM or PowerShell will not work. You must then extract the cabinet file and install content separately.

Depending on the content, you will need to complete the installation. In most cases, you can install these drivers using the Device Manager.

Double-click the CAB file (“cabinet file”) and select a location for extracting the contents. Next, click the Extract button to extract the contents. Open this location and install the contents.

Extract contents of CAB file using file explorer in Windows

I hope this information has helped you install a CAB file in Windows 11 or Windows 10. Thanks for reading!

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