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Why is the ESD file size smaller than the WIM file?

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Select your install.esd file; Select the Windows edition in the ESD image that you want to export to a WIM file; Select Export > WIM in the context menu. Or click on the heading Operating System and select Export all > WIM;
Select the Windows edition in the ESD image that you want to export to a WIM file; Select Export > WIM in the context menu. Or click on the heading Operating System and select Export all > WIM; Wait for NTLite to finish exporting Windows image from ESD file to WIM format.

How to convert ESD to Wim on Windows 10?

Windows has a built-in tool called DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) that gives you the option to convert ESD to WIM with just a few commands. Before proceeding, have the Windows 10 ISO or USB drive handy. We need the ESD file in that. 1.

How to install Windows 10 ISO image in ESD format?

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 10 ISO image into it. When you copied all files, go to Sources, find install.esd and make a copy of this file. Now create another folder on your C: drive – name it ESD .

What is the ESD file extension?

An ESD file is the file used by Microsoft's Electronic Software Download (ESD) software. Microsoft uses the ESD file to distribute Windows operating systems and updates. Compared with WIM file, the ESD file has higher compression ratio, thus the file size is less than that of WIM file.

Why is the ESD file size smaller than the WIM file?

If you compare the size of the wim and esd file, you can notice that the file size with the esd extension is smaller, because it is compressed more strongly (a new type of compression is used – Recovery).

Why is the ESD file size smaller than the WIM file?

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