Windows 10: Getting the install.esd file not encrypted by Windows Update

  1.    19 Jan 2016 #1

    Getting the install.esd file not encrypted by Windows Update


    Hi

    I have a computer with Windows 10 v1511 Enterprise 64 bit.

    I would like to download the new build 11xxx on the first computer through Windows Update and I would stop its automatic installation in order that I can get the <Primary_partition_letter>:\$Windows.~BT\sources\install.esd file not encrypted.

    So, how do I do this?

    Thanks

    Bye
    Last edited by balubeto; 20 Jan 2016 at 02:43.
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  2.    19 Jan 2016 #2

    Hi, balubeto.

    I follow this excellent tutorial (and associated script) provided by Kari to get an install.wim based ISO from the install.esd (BEFORE letting it restart for install) for each new Insider build: ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File

    Works great for me. bye
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  3.    20 Jan 2016 #3

    When Windows 10 v1511 downloads a new build 11xxx from Windows Update, how can I be sure that its installation does not start automatically ever?

    When I moved the <Primary_partition_letter>:\$Windows.~BT\sources\install.esd file, how do I undo this installation by eliminating all its files?

    In practice, when I moved the file install.esd, I would not continue with the installation of the build 11xxx but I would undo it deleting all its files.

    Thanks

    Bye
    Last edited by balubeto; 20 Jan 2016 at 12:10.
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  4.    27 Jan 2016 #4

    I'm still waiting for your answer.

    Thanks

    Bye
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  5. Posts : 2,014
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       27 Jan 2016 #5

    Seems to me you already answered your own question...

    Once the download completes, you copy the ESD to another location, then delete the $Windows.~BT and $Windows.~WS Folders..
    Deleting the BT/WS folders - prevents the installation..

    You must snag the ESD before allowing the PC to reboot and continue to install the new OS..
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  6.    27 Jan 2016 #6

    Kyhi said: View Post
    Seems to me you already answered your own question...

    Once the download completes, you copy the ESD to another location, then delete the $Windows.~BT and $Windows.~WS Folders..
    Deleting the BT/WS folders - prevents the installation..

    You must snag the ESD before allowing the PC to reboot and continue to install the new OS..
    Without rebooting the computer and running the Settings window closing and these commands from the Command Prompt (run as Administrator):

    Code:
    takeown /F "<BT/WS_Directory_path>" /A /R /D S /SKIPSL >nul 2>&1
    icacls "<BT/WS_Directory_path>" /reset
    icacls "<BT/WS_Directory_path>" /grant:r Administrators:(OI)(CI)F /inheritance:e /Q /C /T /L >nul 2>&1
    rd /S /Q "<BT/WS_Directory_path>" >nul 2>&1
    you're sure that Windows allows to remove the two directories mentioned above?

    Thanks

    Bye
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  7.    27 Jan 2016 #7

    @balubeto - so, have you tried extended disk cleanup to remove these folders and files? I'm talking about Option Two of this tutorial: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...a.html#option2
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  • Posts : 2,014
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       27 Jan 2016 #8

    Yes - right-click Delete is all I use
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