.ESD File Extension
- Developer by: Microsoft
- Category: Misc Files
- Format: Binary
What is an .ESD file?
.ESD is Windows Electronic Software Download 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.
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.