Windows 10: ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File
I saw this thread right after creating the ISO by following this article for Win 8.1
Kari's tut is a simplified version and should be easier to follow.
I was able to successfully create the ISO but I just have one question. Is the resulting ISO a generic installer or is it like a customized image with all the manually installed programs?
First, I have now heard from a few users that they do not have the ESD file at C:\RecoveryImage. For those users I have three questions:
- Is the install on a physical computer or on a virtual machine?
- How big is the drive C:?
- Did you check the C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources folder, does it have the install.esd file ($Windows.~BT is a hidden folder)?
Then the Badrobot's question:
No. The ISO will be like any other valid install media, you can compare it to any Windows install DVD or ISO. It is for a clean install only including the OS components with native built-in apps, resulting a fresh Windows 10 TP. Exactly as if you had used an ISO downloaded from Microsoft.
Here's one scenario to create a custom system image to include all your third party software but no user accounts:
- Create the ISO as told in this tutorial, burn it to DVD / USB
- Install Windows 10 TP Build 9860 using your DVD / USB
- Interrupt the Windows installation and follow instructions in this tutorial to create your custom image: System Image - Create Hardware Independent System Image (Part One Step 1.2 shows when and how to interrupt Windows installation)
I don't have the ESD, the drive is 1TB with most free and I don't have the $windows. folder either.
It seems to have worked as per the tutorial for me (my Command Prompt had some extra messages though).
I'm running a W10TP VM (VMware Player on a Linux Mint 17 Host).
My virtual HDD is 40GB.
I had install.esd in the location mentioned in the tutorial.
I also have the other folder.
@z3r010, you had 9841 on a desktop, did the PC Settings > Update & Recovery > Download new build > Install 9860 and it went without issues?
Do you have the 9860 ISO? If you search the C: from Explorer Search for EXT:ESD, does it find anything?
@lehnerus2000, could you please be a guinea pig now and install 9860 on a new vm using your ISO to see if it installs OK? Just delete the vm afterwards.
Do you have the 9860 ISO? If you search the C: from Explorer Search for EXT:ESD
, does it find anything?
@z3r010, I had a typo in my last post, I naturally meant to ask if you have any 9860 WIM files, not ISO, mostly interested in if the 9860 install.wim is somewhere there to be found.
I assume you had the Show hidden items enabled when searching. A mystery, how could 9860 have installed if you have no install.wim nor install.esd?
You don't happen to have 10 TP Enterprise edition?
Anyway geeks, all ideas welcome. I will concentrate on this but would for sure like to hear from others.
It'll take me ~20 minutes.
I'll just have to swap to Linux Mint (back soon).
I do have an install.wim in the folder
Hello, is there any bootable file manager out there because I want to do the following things before installing Windows.
1. Format my C:\ drive with Windows 7.1
2. Move contents from my F:\ drive to C:\
3. Install Windows 10 of F:\
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