Windows 10: No Install.esd for th2_release Professional 10576
With the earlier Builds, you had to watch the BT folder and the "Preparing to Install' screen carefully; about 65 - 75% it would probably be fully unpacked but, at 100% it would transform into a .wim file.
Now the whole BT folder stays.
I have to watch the $Windows.~BT\Sources folder, refreshing it all the while WU is downloading, and when it changes to "Preparing to install", I have to grab it and copy it to the desktop quickly before it disappears.
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Thanks, simrick. I hope the OP checks back in and catches all this.
Yeah, me too.
I've also noticed, if I grab the esd file when it still says "downloading", (even if it's at 100%), and then grab it again when it says "Preparing to install", I get 2 different esd files - and they are exactly 1 byte different. One will convert to an ISO and one will not.
Hmmm, odd, mine remains to this day, fully intact.
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Mine is there as well as shown in my earlier post. All 2,668,973 KBs worth.
I see the OP came back on. We'll see if he found it.
That's very weird. As far as I can tell, the 'preparing to install' phase is actually cooking up the esd file from a bunch of components that had been downloaded somewhere temporarily in \Windows somewhere. If you watch $Windows.~BT during the download, it runs up to 50-60 MB and then seems to stop, though stuff is still streaming in at full bandwidth. After the download is complete, the install.esd is built from the components previously mentioned. I don't even see an install.esd until after 'preparing for installation'. Then, there it is. I always save it away before pulling the trigger on the install, though I still have it after this upgrade.
Open File Explorer Options (aka Folder options), View, check Show hidden files, folders, and drives, check OK.
Open your C: drive. Open $Windows.~BT hidden folder, open Sources, your Install.esd is on the list.
Last edited by davidhk; 03 Nov 2015 at 22:16.
When you open Sources, there's an alphabetical list. You have to scroll down to the Install.esd (about 3.5 full mouse wheel turns).
This thread is a couple of days old. You probably have the issue fixed.
But just in case you are still looking for Install.esd....................
I had the same issue you had. I installed build 10576 via Windows Update.
It has been my habit to use the esd file and convert it to ISO and then burn it to a DVD. I do that to all Insider Previews as well as the RTM.
But this time, when I opened C drive, there is no $Windows.~BT or WS. ( see screenshot #1).
I went to File Explorer Options > View > put a dot at Show hidden files, folders and drives. Opened C drive and there it was $Windows.~BT. I opened it > opened Sources and got my Install.esd.( see screenshot #2.)
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