The File Extensions Database


.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.

How to solve problems with ESD files

  • Associate the ESD file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any ESD file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.ESD files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the ESD file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .ESD is Windows Electronic Software Download File. Because only the current version supports the latest ESD file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .ESD is Windows Electronic Software Download File update.
  • To make sure that your ESD file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.