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Customizing AIO Win8 ISO?

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 ProWMC x86

    Customizing AIO Win8 ISO?


    Hi, hope I posted this thread in right section

    I have an AIO Win8 ISO which consist of the following:
    -Win8 Pro (x86 and x64)
    -Win8 Enterprise (x86 and x64)
    -Win Server 2012 (x86 and x64)

    Now I want to integrate all updates for it, or at least just for the Win8, is that possible?? Because I've read elsewhere on the internet that you can't integrate updates into image that contains both x86 and x64. Can this tutorial done that?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Hi,

    If you haven't made this AIO yourself, you'd better start with the clean original ISO.

    As for your question, you have to integrate updates in each install.wim, but keep in mind that there are multiple editions in each WIM. It means you have to:
    1. Take Windows 8 Pro x86 install.wim
    2. Export both editions to separate WIMs and mount them
    3. Integrate updates in each mounted WIM
    4. Import both WIM to a single WIM, and it'll become your new install.wim.
    5. Take Windows 8 Pro x64 install.wim and repeat steps 2-4


    Or just use Windows Update
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 ProWMC x86


    Quote Originally Posted by Vadikan View Post
    Hi,

    If you haven't made this AIO yourself, you'd better start with the clean original ISO.

    As for your question, you have to integrate updates in each install.wim, but keep in mind that there are multiple editions in each WIM. It means you have to:
    1. Take Windows 8 Pro x86 install.wim
    2. Export both editions to separate WIMs and mount them
    3. Integrate updates in each mounted WIM
    4. Import both WIM to a single WIM, and it'll become your new install.wim.
    5. Take Windows 8 Pro x64 install.wim and repeat steps 2-4


    Or just use Windows Update
    Does it mean that it will be better if I make a different image for x86 and x64?? Can I separate the x86 and x64 version from the image I have??

    What I want to do is create a customized iso that contains the latest updates and hotfixes Micorosoft gave, so in case of I need to reinstall my computer, I don't need to download hundreds MB of update every time, and maybe adding a ProWMC version as well
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  4. #4


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Then why don't you just backup your system? You'll have not only updates, but software and settings. Take the easy path, unless you want to learn about image servicing, capture and deployment.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 ProWMC x86


    Well, that's true, but because I want to migrate my computer from x86 to x64, it's unlikely to happen. Besides, I'm a bit short in my HDD free space, lol

    And yes, I'd love to learn how to customize an image
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  6. #6


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    I do approve your desire to learn, albeit it's hard to explain everything in the forum thread, given the massive amount of documentation on the subject. I suggest you install Deployment tools from Windows 8 ADK and learn some concepts from ADK guides.

    You need a lot of free space for experimenting with deployment, so you've got to fix it first.

    Here's the best way to build your first updated image and get a taste of image management and deployment. Look up the items in bold in docs and google.


    1. Start Windows 8 installation (of the architecture you need) on a virtual machine. In general, I'd recommend using the lowest edition, because it can be upgraded offline. But if you don't really need other editions, choose the edition you plan to install on your PC.
    2. Enter audit mode (Ctrl+Shift+F3) at OOBE.
    3. Use Windows Update to install all updates. Make sure to do a couple of reboots and check for updates again. You'll automatically enter audit mode after reboot.
    4. Optional steps*
    5. When you're happy, generalize the system: sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown
    6. Mount VHD in your host OS and use DISM /capture-image to save install.wim.
    7. Replace install.wim in the installation disc with your custom image (for x86, images can't be larger than 4GB when installed with setup.exe, so you'd have to split with /export-image).


    That's about it


    *Optional steps may include:
    • Installing any software
    • Installing any drivers, although you'd have to persist them with the answer file at sysprep time.
    • Configuring any profile settings, so you can copy them to Default user at installation time. It's even possible to use migwiz to transfer settings from host to VM in audit mode, but it doesn't work cross-architecturally.


    I'd like to emphasize again my recommendation not to build your image based on pirated AIOs, because you can't guarantee they haven't been modified.
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