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Convert ESD to WIM ??

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#1 Mikorist


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 06:12 PM

Bare-Metal Recovery

If the user needs to replace the hard drive, or completely wipe it, they can use bootable recovery media. Bare-metal recovery performs these processes:

1. The PC boots into Windows RE.

2. Push-button reset identifies the system drive.

3. Push-button reset re-creates and formats each of the partitions specified in the diskpart script.

4. Push-button reset applies the factory image file to the Windows partition.

5. Push-button reset configures Windows RE and the recovery image on the disk.

6. Windows restarts into the OOBE.


There is Shrink the Push-Button for .WIM

Convert the image from .WIM to .ESD


Export the image into a separate file:

dism /Export-Image /SourceImageFile:"MyImageFile.wim" /SourceIndex:1 /DestinationImageFile:"install.esd" /Compress:recovery
The push-button reset feature recognizes the filenames: install.wim, install.esd, and install.swm.


Also i know that here are several forms of ESD files, some are encrypted, others are not.

How to do the opposite process ? :dubbio:

I doubt that the *.ESD (i have here for exam) is in fact some variant of *.WIM.TAR.GPG and encrypted with 2 stage algorithm, or even CipherSaber :D




#2 gdvbel

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 12:13 PM

There is no easy process

Read tip 004 BIS on the following page :

#3 milindsmart


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Posted 30 August 2014 - 07:57 PM

For future reference : DISM works with ESD files now, except for mounting everything else works.

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