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#76 crashnburn

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Posted 4 weeks ago

You have 2 options:

 

Make a Compact mode installation (a single VHD) or make a Wimboot installation (it may be a very small [1 GB] VHD + the associated WIM file).

 

In your case it is better DO NOT remove anything and make a full installation on Compact mode or Wimboot mode.

 

Easier way is use VHD_WIMBOOT program from wimb, all our experience here on reboot.pro was added by wimb in his program and it's resumed in the PDF file included.

 

Just follow the instructions on his PDF file, but if you are not thinking in use it for Ramboot do not install SVBus driver as then it will not be requiered for Filedisk booting, before recapturing it install all your prefered programs (if you use portables located outside the VHD, will be even better) and make shure they work fine, but allways use Firewall App Blocker white list to only allow your browser to connect to Internet to avoid Win updates.  DO NOT run Win_Reduce_Trusted program by wimb as it may delete some files required for your especial case.

 

The re-capture and latter re-apply makes the WIM file and the resulting VHD used size smaller as it avoids many unnecessary files (mainly log fles and certain program installations backups as Office) but do not delete anything that will affect its full functionality.

 

alacran

 

Yes, currently trying to follow his guidance and steps without making mistakes - a bit of confusion

https://msfn.org/boa...comment=1204787

 

 

You have 2 options:

 

Make a Compact mode installation (a single VHD) or make a Wimboot installation (it may be a very small [1 GB] VHD + the associated WIM file).

 

In your case it is better DO NOT remove anything and make a full installation on Compact mode or Wimboot mode.

Which one is wimb's method of the above 2? 

 

Could you share tutorials for 2 options - a detailed clear How To >? Good link? 

 

Pros and cons between both? 

 

Trying to see whichever ways I am able to decode and get it done :D without getting lost in the jungle :D

 

PS: Muchos Gracias! to you and Grazi to @wimb



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Posted 4 weeks ago

Yes, currently trying to follow his guidance and steps without making mistakes - a bit of confusion

https://msfn.org/boa...comment=1204787

 

Which one is wimb's method of the above 2? 

 

Could you share tutorials for 2 options - a detailed clear How To >? Good link? 

 

Pros and cons between both? 

 

Trying to see whichever ways I am able to decode and get it done :D without getting lost in the jungle :D

 

PS: Muchos Gracias! to you and Grazi to @wimb

 

This are my two topics related to your question:

 

Making the smallest Win10 install (Wimboot mode) on 512 MB VHD

 

Compact mode installs

 

Both topics were made some time ago, and a summary of relevant info mentioned in both topics is already included in wimb's PDF.

 

As said before:

 

 

Easier way is use VHD_WIMBOOT program from wimb, all our experience here on reboot.pro was added by wimb in his program and it's resumed in the PDF file included.

 

Using VHD_WIMBOOT program you can make both options, Compact mode and also Wimboot mode installations.

 

I think you are spending too much time asking to everybody, and you should better spend that time reading slowly and carefully the instructions on the PDF file, and follow them by the letter, the instructions on wimb's PDF seems pretty clear to me.

 

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Posted 4 weeks ago

@crashnburn 

 

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... and it's resumed in the PDF file included.

 

do u mean summarized?



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Posted 4 weeks ago

This are my two topics related to your question:

 

Making the smallest Win10 install (Wimboot mode) on 512 MB VHD

 

Compact mode installs

 

Both topics were made some time ago, and a summary of relevant info mentioned in both topics is already included in wimb's PDF.

 

As said before:

 

 

Using VHD_WIMBOOT program you can make both options, Compact mode and also Wimboot mode installations.

 

I think you are spending too much time asking to everybody, and you should better spend that time reading slowly and carefully the instructions on the PDF file, and follow them by the letter, the instructions on wimb's PDF seems pretty clear to me.

 

alacran

 

Thanks. The manual is huge and has lots of stuff in it that is currently not needed for me. Hence, its confusing going back & forth in different sections to figured out what I did wrong or different. 

 

Have not been able to get it to book off VHD yet. 

Even tried with BCDboot and with BootICE. Gonna try Windows 10 PE etc/ Win 10 rescue to get the boot info in correctly. 



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Posted 4 weeks ago

crashnburn, on 18 Sept 2021 - 08:04 AM, said:
crashnburn, on 18 Sept 2021 - 08:04 AM, said:

Thanks. The manual is huge and has lots of stuff in it that is currently not needed for me. Hence, its confusing going back & forth in different sections to figured out what I did wrong or different.

Have not been able to get it to book off VHD yet.
Even tried with BCDboot and with BootICE. Gonna try Windows 10 PE etc/ Win 10 rescue to get the boot info in correctly.


All you need to do is on page No. 2, forget for now about the other pages, download requiered programs and follow the instructions, all is very clear, and all this has been tested and give the desired results.

After doing all this and having a bootable VHD, after booting from it and make sure it boots fine, install your desired programs, then close the VHD, and you can read and follow instructions on page 3 to capture previous VHD to a WIM file and create a new VHD installed on Wimboot mode.

NOTE: VHD_WIMBOOT program has to be run under other Win 10 OS (not from the just created VHD), or a Win10XPE_x64, if you are not running it from Win 10 or a Win10XPE_x64 it may not work as espected, then you will need to build first your own Win10XPE_x64 (for this follow instructions on page 5), and boot from it to run VHD_WIMBOOT.

If you can't read, understand and follow this instructions, there is no more I can do for you. There is not an easier guide.

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All you need to do is on page No. 2, forget for now about the other pages, download requiered programs and follow the instructions, all is very clear, and all this has been tested and give the desired results.
 
After doing all this and having a bootable VHD, after booting from it and make sure it boots fine, install your desired programs, then close the VHD,
 
// I believe I got all this done. There were some VHD BCD mapping issues that got me lost. I'll outline below which steps worked & what did not. 
 
and you can read and
follow instructions on page 3 to capture previous VHD to a WIM file and create a new VHD installed on Wimboot mode
 
// I had a look at Page 3 firs time. Upto which all Steps is required for me? Think 5 or 6?  Lots of GRUB RAMDISK etc. 
NOTE: VHD_WIMBOOT program has to be run under other Win 10 OS (not from the just created VHD), or a Win10XPE_x64, if you are not running it from Win 10 or a Win10XPE_x64 it may not work as espected, then you will need to build first your own Win10XPE_x64 (for this follow instructions on page 5), and boot from it to run VHD_WIMBOOT.
 
// This was not happening hence VHD WIMBOOT was giving error and getting grayed out.
// I have Sergei Win PE latest 2021 also have from 2017. Will do from that? 
// But upto what steps from Page 3?  (PS: Please note the Page 2 stuff I did/ had issues with before - Pasted below)
If you can't read, understand and follow this instructions, there is no more I can do for you. There is not an easier guide.

alacran

 
Step 1 is use WinNTSetup to do Fresh Install of Win10x64 in VHD located on Internal System Drive C:
Download Win10_20xx_English_x64.iso Or Win10 x64 Setup ISO in your language from TechBench Or using Windows-ISO-Downloader Tool
Download WinNTSetup and run WinNTSetup_x64.exe for the first time to collect some Tools - BOOTICE v1.3.3.2 is included already
Create Win10x64.vhd using WinNTSetup x64 for Install of Win10 x64 in 25 GB Fixed VHD
1. Disconnect Internet LAN Ethernet cable - Start up with Windows 10 x64 Or 10XPE and Start WinNTSetup x64
 
// I did Step 1 from within Windows 8.1 and using WinNTSetup x64 applied (Win10_21H1_English_x64) ISO WIM (E:\sources\install.wim) using following steps to above Single partition VHD. 
Parameters shown exactly as is: 
https://www.dropbox....reBoot.png?dl=0

 

// Now I have Win 10 PE so will use that. 
 
 
2. In WinNTSetup x64 - location Windows Installation file sources\install.wim - use R-mouse to select Win10x64 ISO file from TechBench
3. Select Boot drive (usually EFI drive Z:) and Select VHD to Create 25 GB VHD located on internal SSD harddisk - VHD is mounted as Drive Y:
4. Choose Win10 Edition - Select desired Tweaks - Disable Hibernate - use Compact:XPRESS4K Mode to reduce the Used Size of Windows
5. Select Unattended Install - for Local Account Select unattend\Win7-10-Select.xml and fill in the form - Option: select to Add Drivers folder
6. Select Setup and select Legacy Boot Menu Style and OK to Install Win10x64 in VHD - choose OK and not Reboot
 
// All above done as given
 
7. BOOTICEx64.exe from Upper Right Icon - BCD of current system file Z:\efi\microsoft\boot - Professional mode - BootMenuPolicy = Legacy
 
// Did this with some issues but finally got it done. 
 
8. Option needed for RAMDISK SVBus driver - In BootIce Use R-mouse to create New element - AllowPrereleaseSignatures - Yes
 
// Not used but I did and added it via BootIce if I ever want/ need. 
 
9. Reboot and install Win10x64 in VHD with Offline Local Account - Connect to LAN or WLAN for Install of missing Drivers and Activation
10. use Firewall App Blocker and Enable WhiteList with Allow Internet Browser to block Windows Update and prevent the growth of Used Size
11. Install 7-zip - VLC player and Office and registry_backup_portable and Reboot
12. Open Admin Command Window and use wmic UserAccount where Name='Vx64W' set PasswordExpires=False - More Info
13. If not done with Tweaks - set Hibernate Off - in admin command window type: powercfg -h off
14. After Install 7-zip using file 7z1900-x64.exe - In 7-zip File Manager menu Tools > Options - select file associations, such as zip 7z rar wim
 
// Did all above. 

 
// Will do the following now. 
15. Firewall App Blocker - File > Netsh Commands - Allow Local Subnet - Connect Printer and after auto Installation Set as Default Printer

16. Disable LAN Network Adapter and Disable Connect Automatically WiFi for protection and Reboot computer
 

// Not sure what this step is but will check inside VHD Win 10
17. Start > Windows System > Configuration > System > Advanced system > Settings > Startup
Select as Standardsystem your normal Windows 10 and Reboot computer
 
Next Page 3 from Win 10 PE - Which all steps to do? 
 
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