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.ESD File Extension

File TypeWindows Electronic Software Download File

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This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a ESD file?

File used by Microsoft's Electronic Software Download (ESD) software, a technology that is used for downloading purchased Microsoft products; saves the downloaded software in an encrypted format (an encrypted .WIM file); used for installing and upgrading purchased software.

More Information

ESD files are sometimes seen when upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8 using the Microsoft Upgrade Assistant or when purchasing the software through the Microsoft online store.

A common directory to find downloaded ESD files is:


Common ESD Filenames

WinPayload.esd - The file downloaded when purchasing and installing Windows 8 using Microsoft's upgrade assistant.

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Programs that open ESD files
Updated 12/10/2012

.ESD Extension Information

This page contains information about the file extension ESD and its known file associations. Our goal is to help you understand what a *.esd file is and how to open it.

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