Cab Update Installer for Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 22, 2018
Updated • Dec 23, 2018
Software, Windows software

Cab Update Installer is a free software program for Microsoft's Windows operating system to improve the installation of CAB updates.

Windows updates are provided in multiple ways and file formats. MSU files, for example, can be installed just like any other software program on Windows PCs. A double-click on the file is all that is needed to start the installation of the update.

Cab files, on the other hand, cannot be installed with a double-click. These update files need to be installed using DISM or PKGMGR. DISM is used on devices running Microsoft's Windows Vista SP1 and later operating systems.

The main command to install a CAB update file is DISM.exe /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:"Path to CAB". The command needs to be run from an elevated command prompt window.

The PKGMGR command looks like this: Pkgmgr /ip /m:"Path to Cab" /quiet.

Cab Update Installer

cab update installer

Cab Update Installer is a simple program for Windows that improves how Cab update files get installed. The program simplifies the process of installing Cab update files on all supported versions of Windows.

The main advantage that the program offers is that administrators may install Cab files on Windows machines without having to run DISM or PCKMGR commands on the command line.

Note: Cab Update Installer requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1. If you get a Windows protected your PC warning, select the "run anyway" option to execute the program.

Run Cab Update Installer after the download with elevated rights. Right-click on the file and select "run as administrator" to do so; the application displays a simple interface to install a Cab update file on the target system.

Select Browse to pick the Cab file on the local system that you want to install. Make sure the right setup type, DISM or PKGMGR  is selected, and hit "install update" afterward to run the update process.

The update gets installed as if you would run the command from the command prompt. Cab Update Installer adds a new option to the right-click context menu of Cab files to make things even easier. Just right-click on any Cab file on the system to install it using the application.

You can download the latest version of Cab Update Installer from Adguard.

Closing Words

Cab Update Installer speeds up the installation of Cab update files on Windows PCs. Some administrations may prefer to run the commands manually as it gives them full control over the installation process; others, who install Cab files a lot, might give Cab Update Installer a try to improve the workflow.

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  1. Walt said on August 12, 2023 at 1:31 am

    Hello. I tried the download but It gives me a .man file. ¿Is that correct?

    Thanks in advance

  2. Anonymous said on August 12, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    US Windows 10 does not recognize the 7Z file extension

  3. Peterc said on December 24, 2018 at 3:29 am

    @Martin Brinkmann:

    Please always state when a program is *portable*, as this one appears to be. Thanks!

  4. Peterc said on December 24, 2018 at 1:33 am

    I vaguely remember having to *extract* a file from a CAB package in order to install Windows 7 x64 on a 4TB GPT drive — and what an obnoxious bit of user-unfriendliness that was on Microsoft’s part, by the way — but I have no recollection of how I did it. (It’s yet another one of those computer things that I look up, do once, and then forget how to do within a month.) I don’t think I’ve ever had to manually *install* a CAB, but if I ever do, this utility looks to be right up my alley. With my typing and eyesight getting worse, I *strongly* prefer GUIs to the command line.

  5. stefann said on December 23, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I don’t update my Windows 7 Ultimate x64 since Microsoft started with ‘Monthly Low Quality Rollups’ – they introduce too many bugs.

  6. Deron J said on December 22, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Nice article. One small note: DISM is available for Windows 7 and later. PKGMGR was listed as “to be retired” as of Windows 7.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 23, 2018 at 8:15 am

      You are right, thanks! Corrected.

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