This goes over creating the best installation media possible for a fresh Windows 10
Downloading Windows 10 ISO
I only use official Microsoft sources for Windows installation. At the time of the writing the following link is where I’d download either the ISO directly or the media creation tool that you select ISO on.
Mounting and Modifying the ISO
Using MSMG Toolkit
Download MSMG Toolkit from their website.
Expand and Mount Windows
From the Source menu select expand and then mount in MSMG Toolkit. Below is a full video where I use MSMG toolkit to remove many components in Win10.
Download and extract your drivers with the following Powershell command:
You can install ANY inf files to the below directories. EXE and Setup files DO NOT WORK!
If you want to install EVERY DRIVER IN EXISTENCE… download the offline files using https://sdi-tool.org/ and go into the drivers directory and extract all of the 7z files. This will be time intensive and require about 60 GB or more for the install media
Put the inf and driver x64 files here:
Put the inf and driver x86 files here:
ToolKit_Directory\Drivers\Install\w10\x86 Note: Most people don’t do 32-bit installs and can skip this
Other notable tools: 3DP Chip Network Drivers https://www.3dpchip.com/3dpchip/3dp/net_down_en.php - This installs pretty much any network driver on the fly.
Download the Windows updates from the Official Microsoft Catalog. We need two specific updates that cover most of the big updates missing from our ISO download.
- Servicing Stack Update https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=Servicing%20Stack%20Update%20Windows%2010
- Cumulative Update https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=Cumulative%20Update%20Windows%2010
Note: Be sure and download your version 20H2, 2009, 1909, etc. and x64 architecture for most computers
Put these in
Create the ISO
Now let’s make it so we will automatically install Windows 10 without answering a bunch of questions. I use a cheatsheet where it just makes it for me from: https://www.windowsafg.com/win10x86_x64.html
Fill out the form and then click download at the bottom of the page.
Apply Changes and Exit MSMG Toolkit
Select the Apply Changes option and exit MSMG Toolkit. We aren’t done as we need to implement the autounattend.xml file into the ISO and add any extra tools we want. This can be the Network Driver EXE or any other executable you want. Another good example would be the nVidia Geforce Experience.
Mount ISO and Copy Files
Mount the completed ISO file. (Right-Click the Windows10.ISO file and select mount)
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