How to make 4 in 1 installation USB?

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  1. Posts : 17,246
    Windows 11 Pro
       #1

    How to make 4 in 1 installation USB?


    I created the 64bit & 32bit Windows 10 Pro installation USB using the create USB option of Media Creation Tool. Does anyone know how to add 64bit & 32bit Windows 10 Home to the same USB so that the Setup program asks me which one of the 4 versions I want to install?

    I know that I can create Pro and Home folders on the USB and move the extracted files from the USB to their respective folders and move the version I want to install to the root of the USB before booting, but I would really like to have all four options available from Setup.
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  2. Posts : 561
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate
       #2

    I think at this point, you can only do 32 or 64 bit. I've seen Windows 7 install disks that were 41-in-1, that had both 64 and 32 bit bit they were made by someone, they wanted to have all versions on one installer. I don't know how they did it. I'm sure they is a way to make one, but MS is not distributing any installers that are both 32 and 64. I'd love to have one as well, it would make repair simple for me.

    Maybe you could partition a flash drive, stick the 32 and 64 installers each on a separate partition, then you can make some kind of Autorun or bootloader that can choose the autoruns from each disk?
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  3. Posts : 441
    Windows 10
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    XweAponX said:
    I think at this point, you can only do 32 or 64 bit. I've seen Windows 7 install disks that were 41-in-1, that had both 64 and 32 bit bit they were made by someone, they wanted to have all versions on one installer. I don't know how they did it. I'm sure they is a way to make one, but MS is not distributing any installers that are both 32 and 64. I'd love to have one as well, it would make repair simple for me.

    Maybe you could partition a flash drive, stick the 32 and 64 installers each on a separate partition, then you can make some kind of Autorun or bootloader that can choose the autoruns from each disk?
    It's to do with slipstreaming, I have used this in the past for adding software to a OS to install during the install such as drivers for raid however I have not used it for this reason.

    This is how to do it for windows 7, have a read and see if it helps How to Create an Integrated x86/x64 Windows 7 Install DVD - gHacks Tech News

    It is most certainly possible I have checked the unofficial websites and it is available as x64 and x32 in one ISO as a 4gb download.
    Last edited by Bazz; 16 Aug 2015 at 22:10.
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  4. Posts : 17,246
    Windows 11 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Bazz said:
    It's to do with slipstreaming, I have used this in the past for adding software to a OS to install during the install such as drivers for raid however I have not used it for this reason.

    This is how to do it for windows 7, have a read and see if it helps How to Create an Integrated x86/x64 Windows 7 Install DVD - gHacks Tech News

    It is most certainly possible I have checked the unofficial websites and it is available as x64 and x32 in one ISO as a 4gb download.
    I've seen it on the unofficial sites too, but not about to trust them to not put something extra in there. I'm installing the Windows 10 ADK now to play with it.
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  5. Posts : 17,246
    Windows 11 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Figured it out!


    1. Make a dual architecture USB install stick with the Media Creation Tool. I used the Pro version, both 32bit and 64bit. I think Home would work just as well, as long as you make a USB stick with both 32bit and 64bit versions.
    Windows 10

    2. Download both the 32bit and 64bit ISOs from here:
    Tech Bench

    3. On your USB stick, delete everything within the x86 and x64 folders. Do not delete those folders themselves, just everything in them.

    4. Mount the 64bit ISO you downloaded in step #2. Copy all the files within that ISO into the x64 folder that you emptied on the USB stick.

    5. Mount the 32bit ISO you downloaded in step #2. Copy all the files within that ISO into the X86 folder that you emptied on the USB stick.

    That's it! Boot from the USB stick and it will ask you if you want to install 32bit or 64bit. Pick one. Skip entering the product key and it will ask you if you want to install Home or Pro! Also, running setup.exe from the USB inserted in an operating computer seems to want to do the upgrade, but I don't have anything to upgrade to verify it all the way through.
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  6. Posts : 13,930
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #6

    Just noticed your post, good job. Off to make one now.
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  7. Posts : 13,930
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #7

    Required an 8GB or larger flash drive as it used 7.92GB of a 16GB flash drive.

    One change suggestion:

    2. Download both the 32bit and 64bit ISOs (each contain Home and Pro) from here:

    Works Great!!!!

    When I booted I got a boot manger screen with a choice of Windows 10 32 bit or 64 bit.
    Selecting either took me to the screen where you enter the key.
    I clicked on Skip then the next screen had a choice of Home or Pro.

    Thanks again for a good tool.
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  8. Posts : 561
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate
       #8

    Bazz said:
    It's to do with slipstreaming, I have used this in the past for adding software to a OS to install during the install such as drivers for raid however I have not used it for this reason.

    This is how to do it for windows 7, have a read and see if it helps How to Create an Integrated x86/x64 Windows 7 Install DVD - gHacks Tech News

    It is most certainly possible I have checked the unofficial websites and it is available as x64 and x32 in one ISO as a 4gb download.
    Yes I've seen installers like that. I have a 32-in-1 Windows XP installer, I don't know how they did it, but on one 4gb DVD, it holds over 16gb of Data. You can see it if you open the disk with UltraISO, the extra data is compressed.

    I pore through those sites now and then, there are a few names I have come to trust, they create multi-install disks without adding anything to them. That's all I need, the untouched install disk.
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  9. Posts : 3,365
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       #9

    It must default to one or the other?! And it takes a little longer to see things load up. While having 8gb flash drives onhand those will be Recovery Drives I make up later once a few more upgrades take place.

    It took several minutes from the 32bit/64bit options you first see until reaching the Install Now screen which was proceeded by a solid blue screen lighter in color of course compared to the darker blue for BSODs. A few minutes pass after the Install Now to see the license agreement but not the option for choosing which edition. The next screen after checking of the agree box was where 10 was going to be installed where once the storage drive was selected it immediately started unpacking files until the reset button kept that from going any further.

    While in Windows on the previous attempt where you would only expect the upgrade option only it required a new key from detecting the existing 10 install already on! There wasn't any skip option leaving this media out for any type of Upgrade to Repair type install. The mystery however was why the screen for choosing Home or Pro never appeared. Both 32/64 ISOs were downloaded direct from the site as well as allowing the MC tool to see the 16gb flash drive made up with the Pro combo.
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  10. Posts : 1,366
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #10

    I also never got the screen asking me to choose Home or Pro.
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