ADK 1903 Unable to generate a catalog

In this blog I will share the issue I faced related to WSIM unable to generate catalog using 1903 version.

I have got installed Assessment and Deployment toolkit version 1903 installed. Once launched the “Windows System Image Manager”, I tried generating catalog file and got following error:
Windows SIM was unable to generate a catalog

Once we click on logs, we can see following info:

9:58 PM : This application requires version 10.0.18362.1 of the Windows ADK.
Install this version to correct the problem
9:58 PM :
9:58 PM : Cannot open the Windows image Windows 10 Enterprise(Catalog).
9:58 PM :
9:58 PM : System.InvalidOperationException: The catalog file for Windows image Windows 10 Enterprise(Catalog) is invalid.
at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformInterface.Cpi.OpenOfflineImage(OfflineImageInfo imageInfo)
at Microsoft.ComponentStudio.AnswerFileImageResolver.TryOpenOfflineImage(OfflineImageInfo imageInfo)
10:02 PM :
10:02 PM : Windows SIM was unable to generate a catalog. For troubleshooting assistance, see the topic: 'Windows System Image Manager Technical Reference' in the Windows ADK User's Guide.
10:02 PM :
10:02 PM : System.BadImageFormatException: Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformImplementation, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35' or one of its dependencies. An attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format.
File name: 'Microsoft.ComponentStudio.ComponentPlatformImplementation, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35'

This issue comes on host system that is running on 64-bit operating system, the host with 32-bit won’t be facing this issue.
When we check the ADK version, it displays as 10.0.18362.1

Microsoft has released WSIM 1903 update to resolve this issue.
Once downloaded in zip format, we need to extract the content ( to a folder. Once extracted, we need to copy following files to WSIM installation location (default location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Deployment Tools\WSIM):

  • imagecat.exe
  • imgmgr.exe

Once downloaded, we can launch WSIM and can successfully able to generate catalog file as shown below:

Copying imagecat.exe & imgmgr.exe will change the WSIM version. Now we can see the new version showing as 10.0.18362.144

Hence, updating the WSIM version from 10.0.18362.1 to 10.0.18362.144 resolve the issue related to generating windows catalog.

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