How to convert ESD to WIM for Driver Updates in Your Windows image

ESD to WIM: –Convert files from¬†Electronic Software Delivery (ESD) form to Windows Imaging Format (WIM) if you need to add updated device drivers.

How to convert files:

Windows image files may be in the form of an ESD. Files must be WIM to make updates to drivers. Use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management* (DISM) tool from Microsoft to update image files.

To convert the image files, follow the steps below:

  1. Create a folder (ex c:\WIN10).
  2. Go to the sources directory on your installation media.
  3. Copy the install.esd file to the WIN10 folder.
  4. Open Command Prompt as Administrator (Windows Key + X -> Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. Change directory to the working directory (cd c:\WIN10).
  6. Show the available images within the install.esd file.
dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:install.esd
How to convert ESD to WIM for Driver Updates in Your Windows image
  1. Determine the Index number to modify (in this example we are modifying Index 1)
  2. Export the image to a WIM file.
dism /export-image /SourceImageFile:install.esd /SourceIndex:1 /DestinationImageFile:install.wim /Compress:max /CheckIntegrity
How to convert ESD to WIM for Driver Updates in Your Windows image

You now have an install.wim file alongside the install.esd

Note: – If more versions of the OS need to be exported, simply repeat Step 7 changing the corresponding SourceIndex and it will be added. 

  1. Backup the original install.esd and then replace on your installation media with the new install.wim.

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