How to Convert Windows ESD File to Windows WIM File

In this tutorial we will show you how to convert ESD file to Windows WIM file using Command Prompt. ESD file is a new thing within Windows 10 OS, that Microsoft is pushing out. ESD files used when installing software upgrades, they are not to be opened manually (unless you’re converting them). Instead, Windows uses them internally during the update process. The problem is that a lot of users using WDS to push out their images. So today we will show you can easily convert ESD to WIM image.

Important. Before you start, make sure that your machine has Windows ADK installation.

The first thing you need to do is to open your File Explorer. Go to C: drive and create a folder Win10 and drop all files from Windows ISO into it.

windows 10 esd convert

When you copied all files, go to Sources, find install.esd (version of WIM image) and make a copy of this file.

windows 10 sources

Now create another folder on your C: drive – name it ESD. Drop this file (install.esd) into this folder.

esd folder

The next thing you need to do is to open Command Prompt as Administrator. We need to get into folder we have just created. Type in:

cd c:\esd

Then we need to clear it out:


command esd convert

Now we need to get information on our ESD file. Run command:

dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:install.esd

get wiminfo

Find index number that you need (we are choosing Index 1 because it is a PRO version).

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Let’s go ahead and run command:

dism /export-image /SourceImageFile:install.esd /SourceIndex:1 /DestinationImageFile:install.wim /Compress:max /CheckIntegrity

Image exporting is started and this process can take a long time.

exporting images

install esd wim

Once ESD conversion is completed, you can copy your new WIM image file and then go to Win10 original folder, then to Sources and place it there.

That’s it! Hope this was useful for you!

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  • jimena lopez

    thank you so helpful my windows 10 didnt have the wim file so this was great!!

  • Thanks, you helped a lot!

  • Anoop Mundakal

    In Windows 10 10240 and 1607 you can find Boot.wim and install.wim but for 1511image you will get only boot.wim and install.esd

    • xtrei

      Good to know. Thanks!

  • Hazel

    Initially had windows pro and upgraded to Enterprise…it is possible i can have install.wim for enterprise? i have install.esd then converted to wim but that is for professional