Windows 10: Can I place software on the USB disk that holds Win 10 install? Solved

  1.    10 Mar 2018 #1

    Can I place software on the USB disk that holds Win 10 install?


    Hi,

    I have a USB disk that holds the bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 10 that Iíve created using this tutorial:

    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials

    The USB disk has to be empty when creating this bootable USB flash drive, but can I create separate folders to this USB and add computer specific software and drivers there?

    As of now the disk contains the following folders and files

    boot
    efi
    sources
    support

    autorun.inf
    bootmgr
    bootmgr.efi
    setup.exe

    Can I add a PC folder and a Laptop folder to this structure as well?

    boot
    efi
    Laptop
    PC
    sources
    support

    autorun.inf
    bootmgr
    bootmgr.efi
    setup.exe

    I hope you understand my question. I do not want this software to be installed with windows when doing a clean install, but I want them ready on the same USB and install them myself when Windows is finished installing.

    Basically I want one USB instead of two or three.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    10 Mar 2018 #2

    Yes you can do it.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    10 Mar 2018 #3

    Thank you for the quick reply!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    10 Mar 2018 #4

    This is what my install USB looks like:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Capture.PNG 
Views:	5 
Size:	28.8 KB 
ID:	180281

    When I want to make a updated installer I just delete everything apart from the "Other" directory and replace it with contents of the new ISO. Easier if everything not to do with the installer is in one directory I think and it is a waste to only use 4GB of a perfectly good 32GB USB stick.

    Just a thought, but yeah it certainly works fine - the installer ignores directories it isn't interested in.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 2,325
    Windows 10 Pro x64 FCU - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       10 Mar 2018 #5

    As I keep all my installers safe on a backed up Data drive, I do not need to add to the install USB, after I install my basic set of applications I simply install the applications I need as I need them, - As for the actual sticks I purchase packs of 8GB sticks for installation purposes, (for clients), so just use one of those for an OS install. then wipe and return to "stock "

    I also keep a repository of ISO files for Windows installers on a data store going back to XP so can create an install Stick or Disk as needed.

    Of course you can also modify the actual installer USB Stick to provide a complete solution in one place

    Customize Windows 10 Image in Audit Mode with Sysprep Windows 10 Tutorials

    Not for the beginner but a useful option
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    10 Mar 2018 #6

    lx07 said: View Post
    When I want to make a updated installer I just delete everything apart from the "Other" directory and replace it with contents of the new ISO.
    How do you do this? Using the media creation tool it appears as if this process will delete everything on the disk...?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    10 Mar 2018 #7

    Hoggorm said: View Post
    How do you do this? Using the media creation tool it appears as if this process will delete everything on the disk...?
    The media creation tool gives you option to download the ISO rather than write direct to the USB key.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Capture.PNG 
Views:	18 
Size:	19.4 KB 
ID:	180285
    Download Windows 10 ISO File Windows 10 Tutorials

    Once it is downloaded double click on ISO file to mount it then in File Explorer select everything in the ISO (the contents not the Windows.iso file itself) and copy/paste to the USB (after deleting everything that was there except your directories).

    This method is also much faster than getting Media Creation Tool to write direct to the USB for some reason.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  •    10 Mar 2018 #8

    Thank you!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  •  

    Related Threads
    Installation & Upgrade Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade in Tutorials
    How to Do a Repair Install of Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade If you're having problems with Windows 10 on your PC, you could use push-button reset to refresh or reset Windows. Refresh your PC Fixes software problems by reinstalling...
    Whenever I restart my desktop computer with a usb thumb drive plugged in I get the following: "An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system". My File History is saved to a usb so I want to...
    Hi , I want to do a repair install of windows 10 ( new 1607) with an in-place upgrade using DVD media ( .iso 1607 , engl/us ,all the same ) because of corrupted files although windows operation so far is good . sfc /scannow , command prompt >...
    which partition to place clean install on in Installation and Upgrade
    I am doing a clean install via a thumb drive being i am unable to get to safe mode or any windows screen on my desk top, so used my laptop to download from MS the win 10 install I am getting asked which partition to select.. ? Also if i select...
    Can anyone help me with this mess? I performed the Windows 10 In-place upgrade and now my computer has lost basic functionality. First off, I tried the in-place upgrade because the Start Menu wasn't coming up. I was avoiding making a new profile...
    Our Sites
    Site Links
    About Us
    Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

    © Designer Media Ltd
    All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:25.
    Find Us