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.ESD File Extension

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File TypeWindows Electronic Software Download File
DeveloperMicrosoft
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CategoryMisc Files
File Format Description

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.

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:

C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSetup\Download\

Common ESD Filenames:

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

Program(s) that open .ESD files
Updated 12/10/2012