Over time you may have downloaded and kept many versions of Windows 10 ISO disc images or USB flash drive. If these ISO files or USB drives are not labeled properly, e.g. by version, build and edition, you may become confuse about what’s the content inside these ISO files in term of build version, edition and even supported platform of the OS.
If you install the Windows 10 operating system in virtual machines for each ISO images or USB sticks one-by-one to find out which editions and versions are they, it’s going to take quite some time. However, there is easier way to quickly detect and identify the content of Windows ISO images or USB installation media, which will work on most versions of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
This tutorial shows you how to check and identify the versions, editions and other information about content of a Windows ISO file or USB installation media.
- Mount ISO / Insert USB Drive
For ISO image, mount the ISO file as a drive in File Explorer / Windows Explorer by double clicking on the ISO file. Alternatively, you can also extract the content of the ISO.
For USB mass storage device, insert the USB drive into USB port.
- Browse to Sources Folder
In File Explorer / Windows Explorer, browse the the newly mounted drive of ISO or USB drive, and go to sources folder.In installation media which contains both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) Windows setup files, the “sources” folder is located within the folder that is corresponding with the architecture type. For example:
- Locate install.wim or install.esd
Locate the file named install.wim or install.esd, which should be several gigabytes (GBs) in size. Note down the full path to the install.win or install.esd file.
- Elevated Command Prompt
Open an elevated command prompt as administrator.
- Run Command
Run the following command:
dism /Get-ImageInfo /ImageFile:D:\sources\install.wim /index:1
dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:D:\sources\install.wim /index:1
Replace D:\sources\install.wim with the actual full path to the install.win or install.esd from the ISO that you want to identify its version and edition.
As all images have same version, edition and architecture, so the detailed information about 1 image is sufficient. If you want to see all images (i.e. editions) contained inside the ISO, use the following command (remember to change the path to the WIM, ESD or VHD file):
dism /Get-ImageInfo /ImageFile:D:\sources\install.wim
dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:D:\sources\install.wim
You’re free to change the value of index to get the detailed information from another image from the ISO.
You should get the output similar to the following:
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool Version: 10.0.19041.1 Details for image : install.wim Index : 6 Name : Windows 10 Pro Description : Windows 10 Pro Size : 14,305,316,121 bytes WIM Bootable : No Architecture : x64 Hal : <undefined> Version : 10.0.19041 ServicePack Build : 84 ServicePack Level : 0 Edition : Professional Installation : Client ProductType : WinNT ProductSuite : Terminal Server System Root : WINDOWS Directories : 19242 Files : 86809 Created : 19/2/2020 - 5:33:13 AM Modified : 19/2/2020 - 6:07:53 AM Languages : en-US (Default) The operation completed successfully.
Above information shows that the ISO is x64 (Architecture), and is OS version 10.0.19041.84 (Version + ServicePack Build).