Converting Windows 10 Media Creation tool to install.wim

When creating media with the Microsoft Windows 10 media creation tool, the USB drive or ISO file will not have install.wim included.  Therefore, you are not able to import an operating system into MDT.  There must be a install.wim in the “sources” in the media.  By default, the media creation tool creates a “install.esd” file.

 

To convert install.esd into install.wim, you can you use dism.

Open the Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment CMD prompt as admin, and browse to your folder location of install.esd

type:  dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:install.esd

 

 

 

 

We are looking for the index of the version we want to convert.  For example, if you want Windows 10 PRO, use index 1.

then type:  dism /export-image /SourceImageFile:install.esd /SourceIndex:1 /DestinationImageFile:install.wim /Compress:max /CheckIntegrity

 

 

 

 

This will convert your install.wim file and can now delete install.esd.  This should now import into MDT.

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