Windows 10: How to make 4 in 1 installation USB? Solved

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  1. Posts : 3,357
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       10 Sep 2015 #11

    I had stepped for a brief minute to check on something and found myself looking at which drive should 10 be installed to after selecting the custom install option for which edition? I had to immediately assume it was never there. Something went wrong in the process. The Retail/System builder for sale type isos were unpacked into the 32bit and 64bit folders while the only thing seen was the 32bit or 64bit option and then a long wait to get to the Install Now screen followed by the license agreement and onto the choice of upgrade or custom install.

    Once I clicked the next button on the storage drive and file copy started I halted everything. I wanted to see if the Home/Pro option would appear in the wrong sequence before assuming it was one or the other being the question of which one would go on.

    I have UltraISO here and used that for both dvd and flash drives for more then one OS! I still have the unlocked 7 iso with SP1 slipstreamed when that got discussed years back at SF. Still have the locked with SP1 as well for the 32bit as well as 64bit. For this however I wasn't looking at just one edition as far as having multiple machines to upgrade but rather then carrying four flash drives or four dvds around this could be stuffed into a two flash drive key chain holder along with the 128gb data recovery drive I made up recently.
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  2. Posts : 5,012
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       10 Sep 2015 #12

    This is what my 4 in 1 flash drive structure looks like:

    W104IN1].zip

    I used Treesize Free, Expand all then print to Foxit PDF Printer to generate the pdf.
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  3. Posts : 3,357
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       11 Sep 2015 #13

    I got about the same but slightly more from adding a few things at the root of the 16gb flash drive itself. That brought it up from 6.7gb used to 6.92gb used having a separate folder for an imaging program as well as a 64bit web browser for another option. Many from the start will not like Edge! The 64bit variant of FireFox as well as pinning the 64bit IE 11 from browsing the Program Files\Internet Explorer folder will see to it a working browser is available over Edge now in it's apparent infancy.

    Those were put on after the 4 in 1 was made up and don't interfere since they have to be run in Windows not being able to be started when booted live. But something despite the folder to folder copy and paste from extracting the 64bit into the 64bit on the flash drive folders something simply is not there or not loading like it should to see the option for selecting the edition appear. There's a glitch in the process somewhere. Now I will simply nuke the contents from the two folders on the flash drive and try extracting to them again to see if all files do get unpacked as they are supposed to.
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  4.    11 Sep 2015 #14

    I may be missing the step, but does something need to be done with the Home .iso files, too? I created my flash drive with the two Pro .iso files, and am only getting the options for x64 Pro and x86 Pro.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       11 Sep 2015 #15

    I do love this thread.

    This thread and the Showkey thread are my two favorites on this forum. By a long long way.
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  6.    11 Sep 2015 #16

    DeaconFrost said: View Post
    I may be missing the step, but does something need to be done with the Home .iso files, too? I created my flash drive with the two Pro .iso files, and am only getting the options for x64 Pro and x86 Pro.
    You need 3 ISOs. You start with the standard dual 32/64 bit ISO for either home or pro that you get from the standard Windows Media Creation Tool. Once you have a working bootable USB made from that then you delete everything inside the x64 and x86 folders. Now you need two more ISOs - you get those from MS Tech Bench:
    Tech Bench

    You will not create USBs directly from these ISOs - you need to mount them and then copy the files over.

    One ISO from Tech Bench is for x64 (64bit), it has both Pro and Home versions. All of the content from that ISO goes into the x64 folder on the USB drive.

    The other ISO also from Tech Bench is for x86 (32bit), it also has both Pro and Home versions. All of the content from that ISO goes into the x86 folder on the USB drive.

    Three ISOs - one dual architecture 32/64bit for either Home or Pro, one 32bit ISO with both Home and Pro, one 64bit ISO with both Home and Pro.

    There seems to be something special about the install.wim files in these ISOs because I made a build 10532 ISO from the ESD file, extracted the Pro image from install.wim and added it to the install.wim for Pro under x64 on my USB, but that one build will not install - I think before disk selection to install to it throws an error that it needs a driver. This has been the problem with every method I have tried, except for the method above. And I simply will not trust any "All in One" that anybody makes other than myself.
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  7. Posts : 3,357
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       11 Sep 2015 #17

    I went through the steps completely here as well as downloaded the TechBench documentation to look over as well. That was interesting to look over as well as seeing the cleanup tool and all that packaged together while there. The two folders on the flash drive were cleaned out once the first ISO was written and the drive made bootable by UltraISO. I already had both combo images for Pro and Home stashed away while keeping each separate iso as well stored for any additional dvd burns or usb keys made up.

    The 32/64 option is seen right away at the start and then the wait for the Install Now screen after the TechBench files had been extracted to each of the two folders on the drive. But still something didn't make it apparently and by default I assume if the installation had been let to go I would have seen Pro since that was the combo image I used here. But all it takes is one little file not to make it and that will gum things up! I ran into that enough when simply burning ISOs for different things to optical media and something would be missing.
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  8.    11 Sep 2015 #18

    If you are running it from within a Windows installation, it won't give you the option of Pro or Home to install - it will just default to the version already installed. If you boot from the USB, then it will give you the option of installing Home or Pro after the 32 or 64 bit choice.
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  9. Posts : 3,357
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       11 Sep 2015 #19

    If you start any of them while in Windows all you end up with automatically will be the upgrade only. You have to boot live in order to get the Custom Install option with any media. But the option for which edition should be seen before choosing between upgrade or Custom install.

    How does yours go as far as when that option appears? I suspect you would see that either before or after the choice of 32 or 64 or right before the Install Now and license agreement screens and then go onto choosing which type of install from there.

    What I will be trying now is a second extraction to overwrite the first leaving the first iso write to flash drive intact in case as I suspect it was a file or two that simply didn't make it. I'm already half way through with the 64bit and the 32bit is playing catch up at the moment. I'll update the results once I boot live with the rewrite.
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  10. Posts : 26,737
    Windows10Pro 64Bit - Build 14393.1198
       11 Sep 2015 #20

    Quick question on d/l the win 10 pro iso from the Tech link site. Has Microsoft updated these ISO's to include the latest updates?? I would think they should, but thinking that they are the same ISO's I downloaded 5 weeks ago. Meaning if you use these to re-install your windows installation, next you would have to download a ton of updates that have been released over the last 5 weeks. ??
    Just wondering....
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