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  1. BunnyJ's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64
       #600

    ak3d said:
    Hi, I've just tried to follow these instructions, when I run ESD to ISO I get a message that this is not an original Microsoft ESD file - it certainly is, I've downloaded it from Microsoft this afternoon :)

    Any thoughts?
    Can you show us where you got the ESD from? I don't recall MS supplying ESD files.. only ISOs.
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  2. Posts : 3
    Win10 Pro 64
       #601

    BunnyJ said:
    Can you show us where you got the ESD from? I don't recall MS supplying ESD files.. only ISOs.
    Downloaded from the Microsoft Create installation media page and (as instructed) unchecked the tick box to use recommended options for this PC.

    The downloaded file was a disk image and in the 'sources' folder was a file named 'install.esd'

    When I attempted to use the ESD to ISO tool I got the error mentioned in my previous post.
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  3. Kyhi's Avatar
    Posts : 3,566
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #602

    Kyhi said:
    the tool is looking for a 4-5 index install.esd..

    you are using the install.esd from the setup media that was already created from the 4-5 index esd..

    you are using this tool incorrectly
    What is it you want to do ??? Create an ISO out of the USB Media you created already....

    The Media creation either creates USB media or it creates a Media ISO
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  4. Kyhi's Avatar
    Posts : 3,566
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #603

    The downloaded file was a disk image and in the 'sources' folder was a file named 'install.esd'
    The "disk image" is the ISO....
    inside that Image is an install.esd - which is the wrong esd for this tool...

    download your media from here > https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/techbench

    it contains an install.wim instead of install.esd..
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  5. Kyhi's Avatar
    Posts : 3,566
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #604

    lpaso said:
    Thanks for resuming the situation
    Download windows 10 preview > https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...iderpreviewiso
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  6. Posts : 3
    Win10 Pro 64
       #605

    Kyhi said:
    The "disk image" is the ISO....
    inside that Image is an install.esd - which is the wrong esd for this tool...

    download your media from here > https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/techbench

    it contains an install.wim instead of install.esd..
    Thanks, I'd come to that conclusion myself yesterday evening - sadly (even though it worked and I could run DISM) it doesn't solve the issue and there are still some corrupt files which seem beyond rescuing.

    Rather than waste any more time trying to fix it I'm going to have to reinstall (again).

    I'm probably going to get shot down in flames here but Windows 10 is still too flaky when it's being pushed hard (3D animation etc) as it seems to fall over all too regularly on our 'work' machines but is fine on the (similar spec) 'home' machines.
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  7. Posts : 32
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview
       #606

    What do I do if the computer restarts and updates Windows 10 on its own? The Install.esd of the new build is no longer in $WINDOWS.~BT\ folder and instead is found the Install.wim of the old build.
    IF roll back Windows build in Advanced Options, when it is finished the resulting $WINDOWS.~BT\ folder equals exactly a Windows 10 install image of the latest release.
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  8. Kyhi's Avatar
    Posts : 3,566
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #607

    all somebody has to do is run a command when the new build is downloading to snag the official esd download links.. Then run the newest esd decrypter wimlib v18 - it now support newest build decryption...

    Code:
    if exist "C:\$Windows.~WS\Sources\products.xml" ( 
    findstr /c:"<FilePath>" "C:\$Windows.~WS\Sources\products.xml" >"%userprofile%\desktop\Windows 10 ESD Download Links.txt"
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  9. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 17,437
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #608

    Note   Note


    PLEASE NOTICE:

    The tool and the method in this tutorial work without issues with the latest Insider Build 14366 ESD file, released yesterday.
    warning   Warning
    The tool has been updated 10 days ago, on June 5th. In case your tool is older please delete it from your PC simply by deleting the folder it was extracted to and download the updated tool. Download link in the first post (step 1.3).

    Although the old version will create a functioning ISO image which will allow you to install Windows 10, there's a bug in ISO creation process that leaves out the repair console, meaning you can not boot to repair options if / when necessary. This bug has been fixed in updated tool.

    More information about the bug in previous version of the tool can be read in this post.


    A reminder, do this to copy the upgrade ESD file to a safe please:

    1.) If Windows Update shows Install now button after downloading the build upgrade, click / tap it to extract upgrade files to $WINDOWS.~BT folder (install.esd file is not ready yet):
    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File-2016_06_15_08_41_041.png

    2.) When Windows Update shows you the upgrade is ready to be started, Restart now button is shown. Do not click / tap it yet:
    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File-2016_06_15_08_21_181.png

    3.) In File Explorer, open the C: drive. If the $WINDOWS.~BT folder is not shown, select View > Hidden items to show it:
    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File-2016_06_15_08_24_422.png

    4.) Open the $WINDOWS.~BT folder, open subfolder Sources, copy install.esd file and paste it anywhere outside the $WINDOWS.~BT and other Windows system folders:
    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File-2016_06_15_08_33_001.png

    That's it. You can now start the upgrade restarting PC, the install.esd is saved and you can use it after the upgrade to create an ISO image.

    Kari
    Last edited by Kari; 15 Jun 2016 at 03:55. Reason: Added reminder with screenshots
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  10. Kari's Avatar
    Posts : 17,437
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #609

    Note   Note
    The tool has been updated today, only change being I have changed the title ESD to ISO decpryption to ESDtoISO because the word Decryption in title caused some people to complain about it (don't ask me why!).

    If you have downloaded the tool after the June 5th and do not mind a word apparently not belonging to title being there, you don't need to redownload as the tool itself is the same.


    On another note, something very important I want to address:

    I was asked if I think I have done injustice to original developers of the ESD to ISO conversion script, taking the credits. Answer to that question is and should have been very clear all the time.

    Let's start with a quote from beginning of this tutorial:

    information   Information
    Thanks to our member topgundcp for the idea. This tutorial will use the decrypt script mentioned in his post, according to new information I have found the original authors are users abbodi1406, qad and synchronicityI from the MDL site, complete credits in the Read Me file included in the tool downloadable packet. I have simply edited the script a bit and finally made these step by step instructions.

    That notice has been at the very beginning of this tutorial since the day it was published.

    Furthermore, the ReadMe file included in this tool begins with what's shown in below screenshot, ReadMe file being unedited and not modified in any way since the tool and this tutorial were published:

    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File-2016_06_15_12_37_331.png

    I hope the above answers all possible questions about where the credits belong. If some of you geeks still feel I have taken credits from someone else's work, I can't help it; in my opinion I have done everything in my power to give credit where credit belongs.

    Kari
    Last edited by Kari; 15 Jun 2016 at 08:13. Reason: Some typos fixed
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