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What Windows Installer Version is this SD Card?

At some point I got sick of burning coasters and switched to doing Windows trial installs from USB by using the Windows USB/DVD download tool to “burn” ISOs to bootable flash media.  I quickly realized that USB sticks were error-prone, but SD and Micro-SD cards have some magic error correction that makes them reliable.  The big problem is, they don’t take a label.  And there’s no easy way to tell by looking at the root what version of Windows it is.    Sometimes even running the installer doesn’t tell you immediately.  I should stick a readme file in there, but I don’t.

Fortunately, there is a way to tell exactly what installer it is.  From an administrative command prompt, you run this command against the drive letter where the SD card mounted:

dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:H:\sources\install.wim /index:1

And you get something like…

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 6.1.7600.16385

Details for image : H:\sources\install.wim

Index : 1
Name : Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview
Description : Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview
Size : 13,234,784,840 bytes
Architecture : x64
Hal : acpiapic
Version : 10.0.10074
ServicePack Build : 0
ServicePack Level : 0
Edition : Professional
Installation : Client
ProductType : WinNT
ProductSuite : Terminal Server
System Root : WINDOWS
Directories : 20512
Files : 101176
Created : 4/25/2015 - 12:04:04 AM
Modified : 4/25/2015 - 12:04:39 AM
Languages :
 en-US (Default)

The operation completed successfully.

What more could you ask for?

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