Windows ISO files , DVD and USB keys are all alike. Microsoft should fix this, but it's easy to see the version, edition, build number, and architecture of Windows you have with a built-in command.
First, you need to make sure you have the installation media connected to your computernator and mounted. If it is a DVD or a USB key, insert it into your computer. If it is an ISO file, double-click it to mount it on Windows 10 - this will make the ISO accessible to its own drive letter. On Windows 7, you will need a third-party tool to mount ISO files .
Note: If you have an archiving application, such as 7-Zip or WinRAR, which can open ISO files, this application can be used as the default application to open ISO files . If this is the case, you can right-click on the ISO, point to the menu "Open with", then choose the command "Windows Explorer" to mount the drive.
Once connected or mounted the installation medium, browse the installation medium and open the "sources" folder. Look for a file named "install.wim or" install.esd. You can find one or the other depending on how you have cree installation media.
To verify the contents of the installation media, you will need a command prompt or PowerShell window with administrator privileges. In Windows 10, right-click the Start button and select "PowerShell (Admin). In Windows 7, search for "Command Prompt in the Start menu, click withright click on the shortcut "Command Prompt and select" Run as administrator.
Run the following command, replacing the letter " X "with the drive letter where Windows mounted the installation media and ".ext with the appropriate file extension, which is" .wim or ".esd.
DISM / get-wiminfo / wimfile: "X: sources install.ext
For example, if your installation media is mounted on the drive letter I: and it contains an install.wim file, you will execute:
DISM / get-wiminfo / wimfile: "I: sourcesinstall.wim
This command lists the version and editions of Windows on the current installation medium. For example, a Windows 10 disc can include Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Professional, and so on. You will have the choice between these editions during Windows installation.
If you see an error message saying that elevated permissions are required to run DISM, you must launch the command prompt or the PowerShell window as an administrator before continuing.
You can check the specific build number and the architecture ( 32 bit or 64-bit ) by running an additional command. Just run the same command as above, adding "/ index: # at the end and replacing # with the number of the index entry you want more information on.
DISM / get-wiminfo / wimfile: "X: sources install.ext " / index: #
For example, for get information about the first entry, as shown in the results of the above command, you should run:
DISM / get-wiminfo / wimfile: "I: sources install.wim " / index: 1
The output here tells you the build number and architecture. If "Architecture indicates" x64, the installation media is 64-bit. If it says "x86, the installation media is 32 bit.
The "Version" number here indicates the Windows version number. You can search for this version number online to find out exactly which version of Windows 10 your installation media contains. For example, the April 2018 update is build number 17134.
To save time, you don't even have to check whether the installation media contains a file "install.wim " or "install.esd ". You can simply run the appropriate DISM command pointed to install.wim first.
If you see an error message stating that the system cannot find the specified file, run the same command pointed to install.esd, like so:
DISM / get-wiminfo / wimfile: "X: sources install.wim " DISM / get-wiminfo / wimfile: "X: sources install. wim "
In either case, one of the two commands will show you the information you need to see. Remember to replace" X with the drive letter from your media 'Windows installation.
DISM, short for "Deployment Image Servicing and Management, is a command line tool included with Windows designed to modify a Windows image before deploying it on a PC or to manage an image Windows installed on a PC.
For example, you can also use DISM to create Windows 7 installation media with the latest updates or repair corrupt Windows system files .