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  1. badrobot's Avatar
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       #10

    I saw this thread right after creating the ISO by following this article for Win 8.1
    http://www.windoblog.com/windows-8-1-esd-in-to-dvd-iso/

    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?
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  2. Kari's Avatar
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       #11

    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:

    1. Is the install on a physical computer or on a virtual machine?
    2. How big is the drive C:?
    3. 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:
    badrobot said:
    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?
    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)

    Kari
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  3. z3r010's Avatar
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       #12

    Kari said:
    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)?
    I don't have the ESD, the drive is 1TB with most free and I don't have the $windows. folder either.
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  4. lehnerus2000's Avatar
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       #13

    Kari said:
    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)?
    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.
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  5. Kari's Avatar
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       #14

    @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?
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  6. Kari's Avatar
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       #15

    @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.
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  7. z3r010's Avatar
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       #16

    Kari said:
    @z3r010, you had 9841 on a desktop, did the PC Settings > Update & Recovery > Download new build > Install 9860 and it went without issues?
    Yep.

    Do you have the 9860 ISO? If you search the C: from Explorer Search for EXT:ESD, does it find anything?
    Nothing.
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  8. Kari's Avatar
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       #17

    @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.
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  9. lehnerus2000's Avatar
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       #18

    Sure


    Kari said:
    @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.
    No problems. :)

    It'll take me ~20 minutes.
    I'll just have to swap to Linux Mint (back soon).
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  10. z3r010's Avatar
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       #19

    I do have an install.wim in the folder
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