How to make 4 in 1 installation USB?

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    I used Rufus to create mine, looks and works the same.
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    NavyLCDR said:
    The step by step procedure is still in post #5. The only thing different Night Hawk did was in step one he saved the 32/64bit Home or Pro ISO and used UltraISO to create the initial USB stick whereas I just let Media Creation Tool do it.
    That wasn't any problem as you can see from the results once it was learned that one of those TechBench downloads isn't a Pro/Home but Home edition only ISO to begin with. The UltraISO was used originally for the 32/64 Pro only downloaded by way of the MC tool and put on a 16gb flash drive. I simply nuked the two 32bit/64bit folders and copied the substitutes onto the already ready to go 10 combo key. Now instead of two flavors of the Pro you see both flavors for both editions.

    DeaconFrost said:
    Again, maybe I'm missing something, but is UltraISO the difference that solved the issue? Sorry to be asking so many questions, but as I'm reading through, I'm not following what actually solved the issue, or even what the issue was to begin with.
    Someone else as I recall also had a similar problem of not seeing the 4 in 1 being able to get more then the 32/64 option likely from getting caught on the SingleLanguage edition trap there. It was when using the MC Tool for the second USB 3.0 stick I saw what was going on about the TB site not indicating it was the single Home edition. There everything shows "Windows 10" while with the MC Tool you see "Home, Home N, Home SingleLanguage" and 32, 64, or Both as the means to separate each.

    NavyLCDR said:
    The issue was that Night Hawk somehow ended up dowloading the Single Language Edition of Windows 10 in step #2 - download from Tech Bench. The Single Language Edition only contains the Home version of Windows 10 and that is why he could never get the option to install Pro. What was resolved, though, was that it does not matter if the initial USB stick is created by Media Creation Tool or by UltraISO in step 1 - either one will work. Since you are in the good ole' US of A, when you download the two ISOs from Tech Bench in step #2 you will want to select the top choice in the drop down that is just "Windows 10".
    I think this issue will be a good warning for anyone else going there and immediately jumping on the SingleLanguage option and finding their's wouldn't work either. When first looking at what to use to make bootable flash drive keys for 7 UltraISO came into view and has done well since for the 8 CP and early 10 TP builds at seeing usb keys made up. That had already been used on the 2.0 16gb flash drive and only needed to the see the copy and paste of the two folders once the originals were tossed to get that one going.
    So you can make up the stick on the drive first and then once the flash drive is made bootable copy and paste the consolidation folder contents onto the drive itself and have a working 4 in 1 stick ready to go.. Using the MC Tool option to make up the flash drive takes about 20 or minutes while UltraISO only takes a couple being the difference seen there when it took a half an hour to download and write the 3.0 stick and only 10min. complete to download the "Windows.iso" file. That's a time saving option there.

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    Another option with that program is being able to compress any ISO disk image down further in size as well as seeing one made up from a folder full of extracted files since the 4 in 1 or simply the 32bit/64bit combo for either edition goes over 4gb the usual size of the flash drive to use for any single version's iso regardless of flavor. Size on drive about 5.56gb total once written either by MC Tool or UltraISO prior to seeing the disk image compressed even further but the 3 digit extension gets changed from iso to isz being the drawback.

    DeaconFrost said:
    Ah I see. Looks like I have a project for tomorrow. Thanks for the explanation!
    If you ended up downloading the same thing by mistake you will! All it takes is something small to goof things up royally!

    Now as far as a guide I already grabbed several screens that can easily be used to make a guide up. Once you have the first combo on the flash drive you have the choice of simply clearing out or nuking the two forlders depending on whether or not you are extracting direct from a TB download or already have the files unpacked into a preparation folder and simply copy and paste the 32/64bit folders onto the drive once the first are removed.

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    By already having the contents prepared and ready to go I can replace all of the files on the already 32/64 Home or Pro stick with the 4 in 1 contents stored locally on the drive for addition sticks while not necessary in case you have a friend who needs one.

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    You can even rename the flash drive to something like "W10 4-IN-1" rather then leaving it as "ESD-USB" to be able to distinguish between the 4 in 1 and any other 10 combo stick you made up as well as a Recovery Drive that also requires a flash drive over 4gb in size like a 8gb model.

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    I'll have to look around some more since beside the usb tool that came out for 7 there are some others available to see iso images burned to disk or written to flash drive which is the only option for this type of project. The 16gb being slightly oversized allows for the av program and a few other tools packed into separate folders so as not to interfere with the 10 installer itself but simply to have on the drive while still having it plugged in.

    So you do have some options while still having the need to follow the steps noting the substitute UltraISO 3rd party program option can step in to substitute for the Create media option for time saving mainly as well as if you had already previously downloaded the 10 combo iso for Home or Pro and simply need to see it go onto the drive first.
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    I'm happy to report it works exactly as described. I was given a choice of platform right away, then after skipping the key, I could choose Home or Pro.

    Thanks for all the work you guys put in to this, and for help those like me out!
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    Now make this into a full tutorial and it would be a great addition to the Win 10 Tutorials section.
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    Ztruker said:
    Now make this into a full tutorial and it would be a great addition to the Win 10 Tutorials section.
    If someone wants to, feel free to...but a mention to the originator in it would be appreciated
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    I have some more screens I can post here if someone wants to see how to grab those for illustration purposes. The new screen could illustrate things better but you would see where to start and proceed as things progress. And you do have a few options for seeing this done as I have already seen working results with both the MC tool as well as UltraISO. Manually copying the two folders once the first two are dumped still works as well as simply cleaning the two folders out. So you can extract the combo iso into a folder and get rid of the two folders to be replaced by simple extractions from the two iso downloads!

    As for seeing the option for choosing between the 32bit and 64bit you would automatically see that anyways being a part of the original Pro or Home "both" combo option when using the tool. What UltraISO or another iso program can do is create a brand new ISO ready to burn or write to a flash drive made bootable. When making up the USB 3.0 stick the entire process of download of the Pro combo about 10 minutes followed by the media creation process took 30 minutes! Compare that to a 10min. download and about another 5-10 total to see the flash drive made ready.

    Anyone that should post a guide will want to see some of these factors added in as additional notes for those who had previously downloaded and saved the 10 ISOs who can then simply turn around and see the repeat the process folder made up where you can continue to make up 4 in 1 sticks for your family and friends. You then have the Option One and Option Two type guide for those who still need to download 10 or the second for those who already did!

    UPDATE for Threshold 2 TechBench ISOs!

    Windows 10 ISO Downloads

    Make sure to download both 32-bit and 64-bit images and the languages you'll need for your retail location.


    Choose a link below to begin the download. If not sure which one to choose then refer to FAQ.

    Windows 10 English

    32-bit Download

    64-bit Download

    Links valid for 24 hours from time of creation.

    Links expire: 11/15/2015 2:35:55 PM UTC

    Both the 32bit and 64bit downloads show "Win10_1511_English_x64 or _32" in the updated combo images. The two download links are good until the time specified seen on the page found at : Tech Bench

    Both are downloading at the moment into a new folder to receive those and simply clean out the two folders on each flash to see the contents extracted directly. That will update the 4 in 1 from the 10240 to the latest 10586 build.
    Last edited by Night Hawk; 14 Nov 2015 at 08:49. Reason: Updated information
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    Night Hawk said:
    Thanks for the bump, but my guide is pretty useless now. Download the new Windows Media Creation Tool and you get the option to download "Windows 10" ISO. Select the option for both 32 and 64 bit versions and you get the 4 in 1 installation ISO straight from Microsoft because they have now packaged Pro and Home versions together.
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    That's a good one since I saw the dual but not dual edition option when running the first MC tool which has likely been replaced. That explain that one.

    Upon grabbing the latest MC tool you no longer see two separate 32bit, 64bit links for each flavor but one tool that will run on both likely the updated 32bit to begin with rather then two separate ones where some will end up downloading the 64bit onto a 32bit machine! The combo will work easily enough since I will simply see the upgrade iso go on to replace the previous 10240.

    UPDATE: MS PULLS 10586 Threshold 2 build from MCT! This now a week old appeared on the Face Book Current Trends column.

    Microsoft: Company Pulls Windows 10 November Upgrade From Free Download Page
    "The November update was originally available via the MCT tool, but we've decided that future installs should be through Windows Update," a spokesperson told ZDNet. It was available for nine days.
    Well I didn't waste any time using the MCT to download and save the updated build for replacing the 10240 4 in 1 since MS now decided it should only come by way of the Windows updates as you read there! Yet the upgrade on both physical and VM from the 10586 Insider Preview build went smooth as silk being a rare circumstance! Typically upgrades tend to be buggy with either immediately noticed or surprise! Got Ya Later type bugs.
    Last edited by Night Hawk; 23 Nov 2015 at 03:49. Reason: additional comment
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    Thread bump for advisory!
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