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  1. copyitright's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Enterprise Pro (1709) build 16299.125
       23 Nov 2017 #290

    Addendum (source: Creating Customized Windows 10 Version 1703 Media (ISO, WIM, Flash Drive) Final Thoughts from IT )

    I'll keep that language pack in mind as alternative solution (hopefully that will work as final resort).

    But, before going there i want to show you something i stumbeled upon.

    I noticed that my setupact.log holded the error "Error reading image EditionID for selected image; status = 0x80070490"

    When that error occurs in the background, setup shows the error that it couldn't find the installation image and then i can only confirm by clicking "Ok." and setup ends.

    I'm using a keyless/ei.cfg-less setup, not even an unattend(ed).xml. For basic testing this should work as a bare minimum. Yet still it fails.

    Now here comes the funny (or interesting) thing. When i was web searching for results with the same problem, i found a pastebin of someone's setupact.log (setupact.log - Pastebin.com)

    That person also used the same ei.cfg-less / keyless setup as me, but guess what?

    H(is/er) setup went through just fine! (see image below to compare the results):

    https://i.imgur.com/A449i2m.jpg

    Yes, h(is/er) installation had multiple editions to choose from, but as you may know my installtion even failed when not removing those install.wim indexes.

    If you want to know my official and final re(sponse/action) to this:

    "Mind(f*cked/blown)"

    ps: Could optimizing install.wim using a different compression value cause any of this? (how to know the used compression of original install.wim?)
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  2. slimmolG's Avatar
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    Windows 10 (1703 build 1506)
       23 Nov 2017 #291

    Hey my Dutch friend,
    You're not the only one active , I've been following your progress! And I'm glad you were able to sort it out. Sometimes it just takes brute force iterations and a little creativity to sort out these problems (especially when help isn't exactly rolling in). That's how I solved my issues. Most of it came down to a lack of memory, biological and computational (lol). <-- That's my final update too
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  3. copyitright's Avatar
    Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Enterprise Pro (1709) build 16299.125
       23 Nov 2017 #292

    slimmolG said: View Post
    Hey my Dutch friend,
    Hi American friend ^_^

    slimmolG said: View Post
    You're not the only one active , I've been following your progress! And I'm glad you were able to sort it out.
    Thanks for the support! Though i'll only consider it "sorted" when everything works ;-)

    slimmolG said: View Post
    Sometimes it just takes brute force iterations and a little creativity to sort out these problems (especially when help isn't exactly rolling in). That's how I solved my issues. Most of it came down to a lack of memory, biological and computational (lol). <-- That's my final update too
    lol, true that and hopefully i'll be able to work around the problem in some way.
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  4. copyitright's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Enterprise Pro (1709) build 16299.125
       23 Nov 2017 #293

    Amazing... I've again made some progress but i can't tell how i did it because i don't know what solved it.

    https://i.imgur.com/w8tAw2m.png

    All i can tell is what i believe is the culprit of all this madness. Perhaps you (the reader) has an official statement/answer to it.


    As you may know, the 1709 build of Windows comes in many flavors. The .iso i downloaded came with 8 editions on it.
    Since i only was interested in "Pro" i deleted all other indexes one-by-one using DISM.

    When that was done i exported the .wimage to optimize its size/contents.
    I then created a new bootable .iso which i installed under Hyper-V

    Everything went fine, up-to the point where i had to do my customizations.

    At first i only made it so that Windows was auto-activated before using it for the first time.
    This was no problem.

    But then i wanted to do some other modifications (add files to the desktop and install some programs to various locations). Here's where everything went wrong and presumably broke/messed up the Windows installation/setup.

    Since this ^$2#$% has kept me busy for days, and i've have tried so many combinations of whatever, i can't remember how i did it (so also not how to reproduce it) :-/


    But i believe it has something to do with one of the following:


    • Deleting irrelevant/unimportant install.wim indexes one-by-one (if only i used dism's /Export-Image /SourceIndex instead....lol)
    • Adding files to desktop (user-location) and system location (Program Files) while in AUDIT mode, and not using an unattend.xml file for CopyProfile (waste of time/effort, since without it, user-related modifications are lost/not migrated to new users)


    Which brings us to the following TL;DR:

    "Is it possible that my install.wim (and thus Windows installation/setup) became corrupted by (one of) the actions i mentioned above?"

    I'll happily know the answer to this, and/or what else it might/may/could/must be :+)


    FATAL EDIT-mode: Good Lord/God... i was about to go "FULL-unattended" (pun intended) but eventually got tricked again.. All went well, until i progressed to the unattended part. Everything explained was as simple as it could be (i understood everything i read), but SETUP thought otherwise.... After prepping and capturing my installation to a new install.wim and building the .iso (with the number of .iso's made i could start a distribution center), installing FAILED again with the EXACT....SAME....ERROR.........

    Conclusion: Insanity at its peak

    This is new... https://i.imgur.com/lMWKWEX.png
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  5.    13 Dec 2017 #294

    @Kari Finn or anyone else who might have a response...

    Out of curiosity, what happens if we were to run a program in Audit Mode after install? I saw in the tutorial you made sure to state "Do not run any program you install!"

    Regards


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  6. Kari's Avatar
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       13 Dec 2017 #295

    KabyBlue said: View Post
    Out of curiosity, what happens if we were to run a program in Audit Mode after install? I saw in the tutorial you made sure to state "Do not run any program you install!"
    Quite often, nothing happens. Some (in fact most) software creates AppData folders; as these folders are created in current user's (built-in admin in Audit Mode) AppData, if references to these folders is done using absolute paths like C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming instead of relative paths like %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming, end users will get issues because the software is trying to access built-in admin's AppData which off course is not possible.

    Just to be on the safe side, I always recommend not using / starting any installed software in Audit Mode. There should be no need for this, Audit Mode is just to set up Windows to be captured to install image.

    Kari
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  7.    13 Dec 2017 #296

    Kari said: View Post
    Quite often, nothing happens. Some (in fact most) software creates AppData folders; as these folders are created in current user's (built-in admin in Audit Mode) AppData, if references to these folders is done using absolute paths like C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming instead of relative paths like %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming, end users will get issues because the software is trying to access built-in admin's AppData which off course is not possible.
    Just to be on the safe side, I always recommend not using / starting any installed software in Audit Mode. There should be no need for this, Audit Mode is just to set up Windows to be captured to install image.
    Thnx for the response.

    I am currently capturing an image I created via Hyper-V after going through your tutorial (knock-on-wood all goes well). Thnx again for all your contributions on this forum. You really are a fountain of knowledge in the Windows realm.

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  8. Kari's Avatar
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       14 Dec 2017 #297

    KabyBlue said: View Post
    I am currently capturing an image I created via Hyper-V
    For your next image project, here's how to extend it to make installation completely automatic. Plug in Windows 10 install USB flash drive, boot PC from it and forget it. Have a break, come back to find Windows 10 installed without you having to do a single key press or mouse click.

    See tutorial: Create media for automated unattended install of Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  9.    17 Dec 2017 #298

    Kari said: View Post
    For your next image project, here's how to extend it to make installation completely automatic. Plug in Windows 10 install USB flash drive, boot PC from it and forget it. Have a break, come back to find Windows 10 installed without you having to do a single key press or mouse click.
    See tutorial: Create media for automated unattended install of Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    Great! Will take that on as my next project for sure. I was successful with my custom install.wim creation and tested it using another VM and all my apps and settings carried over. Thnx again for your tutorial


    I need some help on a similar matter. I have a WindowsToGo flash drive and captured an image of it's C: drive to use as a backup image in case I need to recreate it again -- this way I don't need to reinstall all my apps. Although DISM stated my wim was created successfully, I tried to verify the image by testing it in a VM and I get the following error during Windows Setup --> "Windows could not display the images available for installation"

    I confirmed the issue isn't the original Windows 10 ISO because when I replace the custom install.wim with regular one, Windows setup boots & installs successfully.

    Any ideas?

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  10. Kari's Avatar
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       17 Dec 2017 #299

    KabyBlue said: View Post
    Any ideas?
    As far as I know, you can't capture Windows2Go image from USB and use it to deploy to a PC or VM. You can create and capture an image on a VM to be deployed to Windows2Go drive, though.
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