Windows 10: Anniversary ISO Solved

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  1.    04 Oct 2016 #1

    Anniversary ISO


    My computer is finally running on all cylinders thanks to forum members !
    I had been reinstalling fresh copies of Windows 10 using an ISO downloaded using the Media Creation tool from Microsoft while I was troubleshooting.

    The ISO I had created was for version 1511, so each time I reinstalled I then had to download the Anniversary upgrade.

    Is there anyway to tell what Version of the OS ISO I am creating with the tool?
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  2. Posts : 20,896
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       04 Oct 2016 #2

    Hello smalltown,

    You could use the method in the tutorial below to see what build and version the ISO file is if that's what you meant.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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  3.    04 Oct 2016 #3

    smalltown said: View Post
    Is there anyway to tell what Version of the OS ISO I am creating with the tool?
    Before using the Media Creation Tool to download an ISO file, always download a new Media Creation Tool (MCT). The MCT is NOT auto updating. In other words if you are using a MCT from 1 year ago it will download the same ISO file that it did 1 year ago which is likely to be outdated. Here's a tip that will keep you from having to actually download the full ISO file to see what build it is:

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    When you run the Media Creation Tool, there is a products.xml file created in C:\$Windows.~WS\Sources. In that file you will find the directories that the ISO files are downloaded from. The directory names contain the date of the ISO file it downloads. Look at what cumulative update came on that date, or the last one previous to it, and that is what build you are getting from the MCT.

    The file that the current MCT downloads is:
    10586.0.160426-1409.th2_refresh_CLIENTMULTI_RET_x64fre_en-us.esd

    So, the date of the build of that it downloads is April 26, 2016

    According to:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...update-history

    the cumulative build for 10586.218 came out on April 12, so I am guessing that is the build you would get with the current MCT tool.

    The build number of the MCT exe file itself displayed in the properties of the exe file has no reference to the build number of Windows 10 it is downloading.

    If you notice on the update history page provided above, there was no build 10586.117 released as a cumulative update.
    Start the MCT but don't select anything to download. With the MCT open, open explorer and look at the folder in the above quote for the products.xml file.
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  4. Posts : 2,610
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       04 Oct 2016 #4

    The simplest way to see which iso the tool will get is to look at the 'Properties' of the tool itself.

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  5.    04 Oct 2016 #5

    Bree said: View Post
    The simplest way to see which iso the tool will get is to look at the 'Properties' of the tool itself.
    Which usually will NOT match the build number of the ISO it will download.
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  6. Posts : 2,610
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       04 Oct 2016 #6

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Which usually will NOT match the build number of the ISO it will download.
    Maybe not the exact build, but surely the big numbers match? (10586 v. 14393). The OP's concern was getting 1511 when they wanted 1607.
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  7.    04 Oct 2016 #7

    Brink I just took a peek at my existing ISO very interesting, but yes I did want to know what Version before I downloaded the ISO.

    NavyLCDR Good tip on downloading the latest Media Creation Tool.
    I downloaded the latest Media Creation Tool I am up to "Choose which media to use", and what the saved file name will be.
    I see the newly created file. Mine is labeled $Windows.~BT with a sub directory of Sources, and its sub directory Panther.

    Nothing in the $Windows.~BT, but the directory Sources
    The only thing in Sources is the sub directory Panther.

    The Panther files are diagerr an XML document
    diagwrn an XML document
    setupact a text document
    setupperr a text document

    I didn't go any further as I thought it would start downloading the ISO.
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  8.    04 Oct 2016 #8

    smalltown said: View Post
    I didn't go any further as I thought it would start downloading the ISO.
    I'll have to check again when I get home from work and can run the Media Creation Tool.
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  9.    04 Oct 2016 #9

    smalltown said: View Post
    Mine is labeled $Windows.~BT with a sub directory of Sources, and its sub directory Panther.

    Nothing in the $Windows.~BT, but the directory Sources
    The only thing in Sources is the sub directory Panther.
    Make sure your Windows explorer is set to show hidden files and folders. As soon as I started Media Creation Tool, without even accepting the EULA, the hidden folder $Windows.~WS was created on C:\ drive. Inside that was Sources. Inside Sources is products.xml. Here is the current filename in products.xml:
    14393.0.160715-1616.rs1_release_CLIENTCombinedSL_RET_x64fre_en-us.esd

    So that tells me the current MCT is retrieving build 14393.0 dated July 15, 2016.

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  10.    04 Oct 2016 #10

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Make sure your Windows explorer is set to show hidden files and folders. As soon as I started Media Creation Tool, without even accepting the EULA, the hidden folder $Windows.~WS was created on C:\ drive. Inside that was Sources. Inside Sources is products.xml. Here is the current filename in products.xml:
    14393.0.160715-1616.rs1_release_CLIENTCombinedSL_RET_x64fre_en-us.esd

    So that tells me the current MCT is retrieving build 14393.0 dated July 15, 2016.

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    Thanks for this tip ...
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