Windows 10: ESD folder on disk C Solved


  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       14 Jun 2016 #1

    ESD folder on disk C


    Hello!
    I am new here so please excuse me if this is already answered.
    I am succesfuly upgraded Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit to Windows 10 Pro 64 bit via Microsoft Free Upgrade offer.
    Everything works fine, so there is no problem

    My question is:

    After upgrading to W10 there is on disk C folder named ESD with subfolder named Windows(just Windows, without version number) - its about 3.4 GB
    Content of this subfolder(Windows) is:

    Folders:

    boot
    efi
    sources
    support

    and files:

    autorun.inf
    bootmgr
    bootmgr.efi
    setup.exe

    It looks like a files and folders on bootable USB or DVD

    For what is this usable and how to use this?

    Thanks for answers
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    14 Jun 2016 #2

    There should be a file called "install.esd" in Sources sub folder. It could be used to make an ISO to keep as backup to make a bootable USB/DVD so you can do clean install of W10 or use as repair disk. Saves you from having to download W10 again to use like that.
    You can use ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File - Windows 10 Forums to do that.
    Afterwards you can remove all of that (including Windows.old) using "Disk cleanup" as you will not need it any more if you don't plan to revert to previous windows.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 1,870
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       14 Jun 2016 #3

    You can make an ISO out of that folder to create a windows setup media iso....

    or copy the contents of that folder to a fat32 formatted USB stick to make windows setup media...
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 165
    Windows 8 9200 RTM+IVI!CRU$0FT WEndowz teen
       14 Jun 2016 #4

    glock356 said: View Post
    Hello!
    I am new here so please excuse me if this is already answered.
    I am succesfuly upgraded Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit to Windows 10 Pro 64 bit via Microsoft Free Upgrade offer.
    Everything works fine, so there is no problem

    My question is:

    After upgrading to W10 there is on disk C folder named ESD with subfolder named Windows(just Windows, without version number) - its about 3.4 GB
    Content of this subfolder(Windows) is:

    Folders:

    boot
    efi
    sources
    support

    and files:

    autorun.inf
    bootmgr
    bootmgr.efi
    setup.exe

    It looks like a files and folders on bootable USB or DVD

    For what is this usable and how to use this?

    Thanks for answers
    Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
    Zippyshare.com - ESD TO ISO.7z
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    26 Feb 2017 #5

    I went from W7 to W10 a year-and-a-half ago. I guess the "Windows ESD installation files" thing has been there the whole time, 3.04 GB. The description for these files says something about "refresh" and "reset."

    If I wanted to go back to W7, I could use the W7 system image I created before switching to W10. Also, if I had a problem with W10 I have the installation disk, plus I create a system image every week.

    It seems safe to delete this thing, but can anybody tell me under what circumstances these files would be used, and how; would I do something, or the "system?" Thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 1,870
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       28 Feb 2017 #6

    They can be safely removed..
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    28 Feb 2017 #7

    Thanks, Kyhi.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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