Windows 10: ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File
OK, got it to work. Now to edit new tool
Will update tutorial later tonight.
That was a false alarm
Still not working. It launches OK:
... but any install.esd file I have tried with it just gives this, whatever option I choose :
I wonder why - it worked fine on my pc
I copied the install.esd file to the same directory as the .cmd file. right clicked on it and run it with admin rights. Worked first time.
I'm starting to suspect it's something weird in my downloads. How can it be that not a single decrypter, including one in this tutorial, works with a single of my ESD files?
Makes me angry; I am telling people this does not work and now it looks like it works, it just does not work for me
OK, I really need to apologize!
I would like to state that I have taken this tutorial, the ESD to ISO method very seriously. I have constantly checked that the tool and method work after release of every new build, posting a note about it in this thread. When tool has needed to be updated, I've done it and posted warnings for not to forget to replace the tool with new updated one.
However, now it seems that due something strange at my end here, I warned users that the method does no longer work. I alone am responsible for giving wrong information, based on the fact that in my usual tests before posting about if tool works or not, it was not working for me using one W10 PRO x64 EN-GB ESD file from a physical machine and several ESD files from various Hyper-V virtual machines (PRO x64 EN-US, SWE, FIN, EDUCATION x64 EN-GB and EN-US). I tested with six ESD files, failed six times.
After fellow geek @cereberus posting about his success and another fellow geek @blackroseMD1 posting the same positive results in another thread I reverted all virtual machines to a checkpoint before the upgrade was downloaded, let them re-download the upgrade, removed the tool from my host computer, re-downloaded it from link in tutorial, and to my extreme amazement all ESD files worked, I was now this morning able to create ISO images without an issue.
I have no explanation for why all first attempts failed, anyway this fact that they failed was the reason I posted my warnings. I downloaded several other decrypters and failed with each of them, too, with every ESD file.
Anyway, that is not an excuse, just an explanation. I am guilty for giving wrong information.
Now it's time to post the note I should have posted in the first place:
Hey my good friend,
We all have bad hair days!
We probably owe you a hundred apologies for any one you owe us .
I just can't get it: six ESD files, four decrypters including ours, all attempts failed. Now suddenly, getting five new ESD files, everything works.
This comes under the category "Life's a B*tch!"
During the discussion about ESD to ISO in the past few days, I have read some misconceptions about ESDs, crypto keys and decryption tool.
First is the Install.esd referenced in this tutorial. This ESD is not encrypted and never has been as far as I know. That is not to say that there cannot be an ESD named Install.esd that is encrypted but the one specified in this tutorial is not.
Second is the crypto key. The crypto key is usually found in the product.xml, but with Insiders builds it can be found in windlp.state.xml.
Third is the decryption tool. The decryption tool may or may not need to decrypt an ESDs. If so then the crypto key is needed, if not then it proceeds to the next step whatever that may be. In reality the decryption tool becomes an ESD to ISO convertor tool as is the case in this tutorial.
I can only say that last June when the decrypter version offered in this tutorial was last updated because it completely failed to handle the install.esd files from BT folder in new build released then (build 14361), the only thing I did to update it was to change the cryptokey. The updated tool has worked ever since.
The only modification in tool was new key, rest of the batch file content remaining intact. With that edit, changing the key, the tool immediately stopped working with older builds (pre build 11002) and started to work with new ESD files.
Last edited by Kari; 11 Jan 2017 at 10:41.
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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