• Another Windows media creation tool? Sure, why not.

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    Since the initial Windows 10 release, Microsoft has made available the Media Creation Tool (MCT). Now there is a Windows 10 version and a Windows 11 version. But there are some limitations, like being architecture-dependent and only presenting a limited list of Windows editions. But as we saw a while back, the mechanism being used behind the scenes is actually reasonably straightforward: there are manifests published by Microsoft that point to images (ESD files — more on those here), and those images can be turned into ISOs with a few ADK-driven tweaks.

    So I created my own app to do the whole process. After downloading both the Windows 10 and Windows 11 manifests, it will let you choose between OSes (Windows 10 22H2 and Windows 11 22H2), architectures (x64, ARM64, x86 [Windows 10 only]), languages (lots of them), and Windows editions (lots of them too). All total, there are 5174 combinations (although some of those don’t actually exist, more on that later). After choosing which one you want, the app will download the referenced ESD file, export the selected image from it, and create an ISO file that can be used to install the OS. Here’s an animated GIF that shows the whole process:..

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