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  1. Golden's Avatar
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       #110

    Excellent tutorial! Worked first time exactly as explained!
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  2. Kari's Avatar
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       #111

    Thanks Colin :). Nice to know you finally got your ISO.
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  3. Vladimir's Avatar
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       #112

    ~edited~

    As far as I could see that app shown in the first post uses the same idea of this script.

    1) It extracts all the contents of the ESD file to a folder

    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File-edstoiso-1.jpg

    2) It creates an ISO from the "ISO folder"

    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File-edstoiso-2.jpg

    3) Now I have JM1_CPRA_X64FRER_EN-US_DV9.iso ready for a fresh install...

    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File-edstoiso-3.jpg

    Source script: decrypt.zip

    Credits: qad, abbodi1406, murphy78 - ESD decrypter/script work

    Nice !

    :)
    Last edited by Vladimir; 19 Jan 2015 at 18:48.
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  4. Kari's Avatar
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    Vladimir said:
    As far as I could see that app shown in the first post is a GUI for this script.
    ...
    ...
    Credits: qad, abbodi1406, murphy78 - ESD decrypter/script work

    Nice !

    :)
    I am not sure what your point is. If it is to imply that I have taken credits of the work of someone else, check the tutorial and this whole thread once again.

    To start, this note is to see at the very beginning of the tutorial:

    information   Information
    Thanks to our member topgundcp for the idea. This tutorial will use the decrypt script mentioned in his post, I have just edited the script to remove unnecessary code and corrected some errors and finally made these step by step instructions.


    A further explanation can be found in post #43:

    Kari said:
    strollin said:
    Hats off to everyone involved in making this available.
    Just for the records, this is how tutorials are often made .

    As is quite common with tutorials, the method told in this one is absolutely not invented nor found out by me. I got the original script from a friend in May when trying to find a way to create 8.1 install ISO from the ESD file and was getting frustrated when I did not find the right arguments and parameters to use with DISM to do it. Got the script as email attachment, the original script has none whatsoever information about the author. I only found out the original author after reading this post today. Thanks for that info!

    I forgot the whole script until I stumbled upon this thread of fellow geek topgundcp ​yesterday. I thought that I have that script, edited and shortened for just creating the ISO, tested it with Build 9860 and it worked. Made the tutorial crediting topgundcp, not crediting the author of the original script because I did not know who had made it but making it clear that the tool is based on another script from another author.

    Somehow I feel now I need to make this absolutely clear: I did not try to take credits for the idea nor the original esd-decrypter-v3 script. Credits where they belong.

    Kari
    (I've highlighted the important parts in above quote.)

    In my opinion I have done everything possible to make it clear that the batch file my edited and simplified tool is based on is not my creation, how I found it, and why I had not credited the original author (batch file or the ZIP packet containing it has none whatsoever information about the author).

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  5. Vladimir's Avatar
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       #114

    Kari said:

    I am not sure what your point is. If it is to imply that I have taken credits of the work of someone else, check the tutorial and this whole thread once again.

    To start, this note is to see at the very beginning of the tutorial:

    information   Information
    Thanks to our member topgundcp for the idea. This tutorial will use the decrypt script mentioned in his post, I have just edited the script to remove unnecessary code and corrected some errors and finally made these step by step instructions.


    A further explanation can be found in post #43:

    Kari said:
    strollin said:
    Hats off to everyone involved in making this available.
    Just for the records, this is how tutorials are often made .

    As is quite common with tutorials, the method told in this one is absolutely not invented nor found out by me. I got the original script from a friend in May when trying to find a way to create 8.1 install ISO from the ESD file and was getting frustrated when I did not find the right arguments and parameters to use with DISM to do it. Got the script as email attachment, the original script has none whatsoever information about the author. I only found out the original author after reading this post today. Thanks for that info!

    I forgot the whole script until I stumbled upon this thread of fellow geek topgundcp ​yesterday. I thought that I have that script, edited and shortened for just creating the ISO, tested it with Build 9860 and it worked. Made the tutorial crediting topgundcp, not crediting the author of the original script because I did not know who had made it but making it clear that the tool is based on another script from another author.

    Somehow I feel now I need to make this absolutely clear: I did not try to take credits for the idea nor the original esd-decrypter-v3 script. Credits where they belong.

    Kari
    (I've highlighted the important parts in above quote.)

    In my opinion I have done everything possible to make it clear that the batch file my edited and simplified tool is based on is not my creation, how I found it, and why I had not credited the original author (batch file or the ZIP packet containing it has none whatsoever information about the author).

    Kari
    You didn't get my point. I'm just saying that the idea is the same !

    ~edit~

    I corrected my words in previous post to make it clear !

    Last edited by Vladimir; 19 Jan 2015 at 18:51.
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  6. Kari's Avatar
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       #115

    Thanks for explaining that.
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  7. Posts : 176
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    Kari said:
    Note   Note
    Although the below results and conclusions are by far not absolute facts but simply results of my testing, I am convinced they are valid and true conclusions. I have tested each and every installation scenario listed below at least twice on a physical machine and twice on a virtual machine and can reproduce each test result on physical and / or virtual machines.

    The below is simply my opinion, facts as I believe them to be at the moment. You are welcome to show any errors in them and post your findings.


    The reason why some users do not get the install.esd file it being replaced by install.wim is now quite clear: if Windows 8.1 has been in-place upgraded to Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9841, or if a cleanly installed Build 9841 has been repair installed (an in-place upgrade to same version and edition), Windows uses the old WIM file format to deliver upgrade to Build 9860.

    Notice that adding the Windows Media Center to Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9841 causes the internal version information to be changed to Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center. Due this, before upgrading to build 9860 the build 9841 must be repair installed, thus causing the build upgrade being in WIM format instead of ESD even if the original build 9841 was installed clean.

    By default only a cleanly installed Build 9841 which has never been repair installed uses the new ESD file format for upgrade. We need to "distract" Windows to make it think it's all new and fresh, never been upgraded .

    To do this and get the upgrade in ESD format and about 30% smaller download on a Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 TP upgraded system, or on a Windows 10 TP system which has had at least one repair install, do the following before starting the upgrade build download from PC Settings > Update and recovery > Preview builds:

    1.) Close all open applications, open Explorer, delete the following folders:

    • C:\RecoveryImage
    • C:\$Windows.~BT (system folder, UAC asks your permission, click OK to accept deletion)
      • This is a hidden folder, be sure to enable showing Hidden Items, otherwise you won't see it and might forget to delete it

    2.) Delete the file C:\$UPG$PBR.MARKER (system file, UAC asks your permission, click OK to accept deletion), close the Explorer.

    3.) Open the Registry Editor (WIN + R, type regedit, hit Enter), browse to key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup

    4.) Delete both the DWORD Upgrade (right pane) and KEY Upgrade (left pane), see screenshot. The system warns you that skies can fall down if you delete these items, just laugh loud and accept the deletion:5.) Still in Registry Editor, browse to key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus, if either DWORD CleanupState or DWORD GeneralizationState has any other value than 7, change it to 7 by double clicking the DWORD in question and entering the new value:6.) Close the Registry Editor

    7.) Go to PC Settings > Update and recovery > Preview builds and start downloading the new build. When downloaded click Install. Be patient, it takes some time and worst part is there's no indicator to show how it's proceeding. In my tests now for instance after first reboot while installing the new build, I had 20 to 26 minutes (depending on if vm or real machine) a totally black screen with nothing on it, no pointer or indicator before next reboot.

    That's it. The above process (steps 1 to 6) takes no longer than a minute or two, when I timed it I did the whole process in well under one minute. You can then upgrade to new build and create a bootable ISO as told in this tutorial for further installations.

    Note   Note
    To be prepared for the next build upgrade you might want to delete the file DONOTREPLACE.txt in C:\RecoveryImage. If the file is present when upgraded to next build the install.esd file will not be replaced with the new one. Windows will be upgrade but the esd file will remain build 9860.

    Kari
    Is the note above about removing the "do not replace.txt" the reason I could not create an iso file on the last build either?.
    On this latest build I have just let windows do the upgrade. I have tried to make an ISO from the ESD and had the same problems as last time (I end with install.esd.bak) and no ISO file made.

    Its not a big problem for me I still have all my apps and games with the upgrade. I just thought I was doing something wrong when following the procedure at the begining of this thread. It worked great for my first new build Upgrade.
    Best regards Topper.
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  8. Kari's Avatar
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    toppergraph said:
    Is the note above about removing the "do not replace.txt" the reason I could not create an iso file on the last build either?.
    On this latest build I have just let windows do the upgrade. I have tried to make an ISO from the ESD and had the same problems as last time (I end with install.esd.bak) and no ISO file made.

    Its not a big problem for me I still have all my apps and games with the upgrade. I just thought I was doing something wrong when following the procedure at the begining of this thread. It worked great for my first new build Upgrade.
    Best regards Topper.
    I am not sure if that's a problem, you should be able to create the ISO in any case. Anyway, this process is no longer needed as you can download the latest (at the moment Build 9926) ISO file directly from Microsoft in 25 languages: Download Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO - Microsoft Windows

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  9. Posts : 176
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       #118

    Kari said:
    toppergraph said:
    Is the note above about removing the "do not replace.txt" the reason I could not create an iso file on the last build either?.
    On this latest build I have just let windows do the upgrade. I have tried to make an ISO from the ESD and had the same problems as last time (I end with install.esd.bak) and no ISO file made.

    Its not a big problem for me I still have all my apps and games with the upgrade. I just thought I was doing something wrong when following the procedure at the begining of this thread. It worked great for my first new build Upgrade.
    Best regards Topper.
    I am not sure if that's a problem, you should be able to create the ISO in any case. Anyway, this process is no longer needed as you can download the latest (at the moment Build 9926) ISO file directly from Microsoft in 25 languages: Download Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO - Microsoft Windows

    Kari
    As I thought, that is what I had to do for the last Build. I shall download as suggested just for my Clean Install dvd`s Library and continue just upgrading from now on. As I said I just thought it was me being Thick.
    Thanks for reply: Topper.
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       #119

    Created an .iso from an 8.1 .esd file without a problem with your script, but I'm attempting to change the label on the disk and can't do it. I've tried it several different ways with administrative privileges and it still says I lack the necessary authority to do it. Not a big deal but I'm just really puzzled why.
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