Windows 10 2004, SHA-256 list

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    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    With Pro you have no need to be forced to upgrade to a new build for up to 365 days- Settings, defer feature updates, or similar via the group policy editor. It's different pas the end of service life of course.

    Pro offers 'Notify' for updates via Group Policy - don't update until you choose to.

    1909 onwards- you will only upgrade if you choose.. Home too.

    Want manual control? There are free utilities to do that and disable Windows Update.
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    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    ineuw said:
    @ dalchina, thanks for the additional source. I am curious about how they compare. Nevertheless, I find the MS' download approach is impressive, and I admit to a rare instance of commendation for the company. And, under the circumstances, I am not concerned about matching the checksum....
    As Dalchina says, Heidoc gives you links to download ISOs direct from Microsoft. You can also get an ISO for the current version 2004 from the MS MCT page if you use Option Three in the tutorial.

    Download Windows 10 ISO File

    The biggest difference between any such downloaded ISO and the one made by the MCT is that the MCT one uses an install.esd in the sources folder, all the others have an install.wim. Functionally there is no difference in using a .esd or a .wim to do an install or an upgrade, but Microsoft ensure that the install.esd is always smaller than the 4GB file size limit of a Fat32 formatted USB. The install.wim is a less compressed format and may be larger than 4GB.

    You would only need an install.wim if you wanted to customise the install media, say to add in the latest cumulative update or to create media for an unattended install. But even then, it is possible to convert an install.esd to an install.wim.

    Create media for automated unattended install of Windows 10
    Last edited by Bree; 21 Jun 2020 at 06:29.
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