[SOLUTIONS] UEFI and Large WIMs

These are solutions for Windows ISOs that have Install.WIMs larger than 4GB for computers with UEFI and Secure Boot.

 

[Option 1] Install Windows from within a WinPE environment.

Taking into account your Windows ISO is in your PCs harddrive and your WinPE can mount the ISO.

You can go here to Build Your Own WinPE

 

[Option 2] Create a custom installation boot disk.

Use Create_Custom_Boot_Disk

What the script does:

  1. Run the script (as Administrator)
  2. After you plug in the USB stick
  3. It creates 2 partitions. A FAT32 and an NTFS partition.
  4. After you mount your Windows ISO
  5. It copies the entire contents of Mounted Windows ISO to the NTFS partition of the boot disk.
  6. Then it copies the “boot” and “efi” folders and the “bootmgr” and “bootmgr.efi” files from the mounted ISO to the FAT32 partition.
  7. It then creates a “sources” folder in the FAT32 partition then copies the “boot.wim” from the sources folder of mounted ISO to the newly created folder.

 

[Option 3] Create a Windows ISO with an Install.ESD or Install.SWM instead of an install.WIM

Use W10_ISO_Tool

What the script does:

  1. Extracts the ISO
  2. Optimizes the boot.wim
  3. Compresses the install.wim to install.esd with LZMS compression
    or
    Splits the install.wim into multiple 3500MB install.swm files
    and finally
  4. It creates an ISO with the install.esd or install.swm files
  5. It also will offer the opportunity to copy the ISO folder to the FAT32 formatted USB key, before the ISO folder gets deleted.

 

[Option 4] Create an NTFS boot disk instead of FAT32

Use Rufus.

What Rufus does:

It creates 2 partitions on the target USB disk. The first one is an NTFS partition that contains the Windows ISO files, and the second is a very small FAT partition, located at the very end, that contains an NTFS UEFI driver as well as the UEFI:NTFS bootloader.

Note: You have to temporarily disable Secure Boot during the installation process.

 

[Option 5] Convert the Install.WIM to Install.ESD

Use WIM <> ESD

Note: When converting WIM to Solid ESD, the process will consume very high amount of CPU and RAM resources. If your machine specifications are not powerful enough, the operation will substantially paralyze your system.

 

[Option 6] Split the Install.WIM into Install.SWMs

Use this batch (BAT) script

Dism /Split-Image /ImageFile:install.wim /SWMFile:install.swm /FileSize:4000

Create a folder. Copy Install.WIM to folder. Put this BAT script in the same folder.

Note: If you get an error during installation such as “Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms”, use a ei.cfg file.

 

 

 

 

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Download Any Version of Windows 7, 8.1 or 10

S-M-R-T SVF ISO Converter Tool

 

  1. This tool uses the static links from Microsoft Evaluation Center to download the official Windows Enterprise Evaluation ISOs.
  2.  

  3. After this Tool finishes downloading the Windows Evaluation ISO, it then downloads the SVF file of your chosen ISO.
  4.  

  5. Then using the original Windows Evaluation ISO and the SVF file,  S-M-R-T SVF ISO Converter Tool creates a Non-Evaluation Consumer or Business ISO that you can install and Activate.

 

There is a CMD version and a GUI version.

 

 

Supported Windows 7 Versions:

Ultimate (CMD version only)
Enterprise (CMD version only)

+ Remove the ei.cfg in Ultimate ISO to get the edition choice offered during setup.

 

Supported MVS Versions:

1809 5 [17763.316] (CMD version only)
1809 4 [17763.253] (CMD version only)
1809 3 [17763.194] (CMD version only)
1809 1 [17763.1]
1803 1 [17134.1]
1803 2 [17134.228]
1803 3 [17134.285]
1709 1 [16299.15]
1709 2 [16299.125]
LTSC 2019 [17763.1]
LTSB 2016 [14393.0]
LTSB 2015 [10240.0]
SERVER 2016 [14393.0]
SERVER 2019 1 [17763.0]
SERVER 2019 2 [17763.107]

 

Supported VLSC Versions:

1809 LTSC Oct Refresh [17763.107]
1809 Business Oct Refresh [17763.107]

 

Supported Techbench Versions:

WINDOWS 8.1 (Update 3)
WINDOWS 8.1 N (Update 3)
WINDOWS 10 1803 (contains N versions)
WINDOWS 10 1809 [17763.1] (contains N versions)
WINDOWS 10 1809 [17763.107] (contains N versions)

 

 

Download links:

CMD Version with Instructions v0.35.01

GUI Version v0.7.0.1

 

 

Source: (mydigitallife.net)

 

 

Windows Defender Auto Toggle

Toggle scripts to automatically disable and/or enable Windows Defender

 

Option 1: Toggle Windows Defender real-time monitoring

 

Option 1A: Powershell (PS1) script

$preferences = Get-MpPreference
Set-MpPreference -DisableRealtimeMonitoring (!$preferences.DisableRealtimeMonitoring)

You can convert the Powershell script to .EXE using Ps1 To Exe

 

Option 1B: Registry (REG) file

Adds the script to the Right-click context menu

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\Toggle Windows Defender]
"Icon"="%ProgramFiles%\\Windows Defender\\EppManifest.dll,4"
"Position"="Bottom"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\Toggle Windows Defender\Command]
@="C:\\Your\\NSudo\\Folder\\NSudoG.exe -U:P -P:E -ShowWindowMode:Hide powershell \"Start-Process powershell -ArgumentList ' \\\"$preferences = Get-MpPreference\\\" ; \\\"Set-MpPreference -DisableRealtimeMonitoring (!$preferences.DisableRealtimeMonitoring)\\\"' -Window Hidden\""

 

We need NSudo to hide the powershell window when the script is running. You need to edit the REG file to point to the location of your NSudo folder.

 

Download NSudo 6.2

 

 

Option 2: Toggle WinDefend service (Windows Defender Antivirus Service)

The WinDefend service can only be stopped with TrustedInstaller privileges. So we also need NSudo to run this script as TrustedInstaller.

Download NSudo 6.2

 

Option 2A: Batch (BAT) script

This BAT script and NSudo must be in the same folder.

@echo off

cd /d "%~dp0"
sc query WinDefend | find "STATE" | find "RUNNING" && goto :stop

:start
NSudo.exe -U:T -ShowWindowMode:Hide sc start WinDefend & exit /b

:stop
NSudo.exe -U:T -ShowWindowMode:Hide sc stop WinDefend & exit /b

You can convert the BAT script To EXE using Bat To Exe Converter

 

Option 2B: Registry (REG) file

Adds the script to the Right-click context menu

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\Toggle Windows Defender]
"Icon"="%ProgramFiles%\\Windows Defender\\EppManifest.dll,4"
"Position"="Bottom"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\Toggle Windows Defender\command]
@="\"C:\\YOUR\\NSUDO\\FOLDER\\NSudo.exe\" -U:P -ShowWindowMode:Hide cmd /c  \"sc query WinDefend | find /I \"STATE\" | find \"STOPPED\" && (\"C:\\YOUR\\NSUDO\\FOLDER\\NSudo.exe\" -U:T -ShowWindowMode:Hide sc start WinDefend & exit/b) || (\"C:\\YOUR\\NSUDO\\FOLDER\\NSudo.exe\" -U:T -ShowWindowMode:Hide sc stop WinDefend)\""

 

You need to edit the REG file to point to the location of your NSudo folder.

 

 

Build Your Own WinPE

These user-friendly WinPE builders will help you build a lightweight desktop Windows environment used for performing tasks on a Windows OS while it is Offline or installing a Windows OS. It can be booted via USB flash drive, CD-ROM, or hard disk.

 
Some primary uses of WinPE:

  • Set up your hard drive and prepare it for installing most versions of Windows OS.
  • Troubleshoot problems with the OS
  • Clone or Image and Restore a Windows system.
  • Make changes to the Windows OS, when needed.
  • Perform recovery operations.
  • Recover data from unbootable devices.
  • And more…

 

For a faster and more reliable building:

  • Disable your AntiVirus or add folders (Source and Project folders) to AntiVirus Exclusion list.
  • It is highly recommended to copy the contents of the Windows ISO to a folder on the root of your hard drive. ex: D:\ISO

 

Happy Building!

 

 

Win10XPE

Win10XPE is a complete project based on Win10 Recovery Environment with many windows features added. Based on a new Concept, its main objective is to be simple, user-friendly and to be as fast as possible.

Win10XPE supports Windows 10 original x64 or x86 ISO sources:

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 1709
  • Windows 10 Spring Creators Update 1803
  • Windows 10 October 2018 Update 1809

 

Win10XPE HomePage

Win10XPE Download Page

Additional XPE Plugins

 

 

Win10PE SE

Win10PE SE builds a lightweight Win10 PE environment using a Windows 10 DVD, x86 or x64 architecture.

 

Win10PE SE HomePage

Win10PE SE Download Page

 
 

Win8.1 SE

Based on PE5 environment and will use a Windows 8.1 DVD and supports both x86 or x64 architectures.

 

Win8.1 SE HomePage

Win8.1 SE Download Page

 

 

Win8PE SE

Win8PE SE builds a PE environment using a Windows8 DVD, x86 or x64 architecture.

 

Win8PE SE HomePage

Win8PE SE Download Page

 

 

Win7PE SE

Win7PE SE builds a PE environment using a Windows7 DVD, SP0 or SP1, x86 or x64 architecture.

 

Win7PE SE HomePage

Win7PE SE Download Page

 

 

 

Useful Software [Portable]

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These are a list of most of the software (freeware) I use. I am mostly sharing software that has a portable version because almost all my apps are portable. I prefer not to re-install all my software every time I re-install Windows (which is quite often).

 

Free Launch Bar (Website)
I use the paid version (True Launch Bar) but the free version works just as well. I use this to manage and launch all my portable apps. It gets installed beside the Windows start menu, replacing the Quick launch bar. There is also a portable version that works as a dock on the desktop.

Media Monkey (Website)
I use this to manage and play my thousands of MP3s. But it will play, edit and convert a lot of other file formats too. I can easily access my MP3 folders in my PC. It also has a timer for automatically shutting down Media Monkey or Windows.

Q-Dir (Website)
When I have to work on moving, copying, editing a lot of files and folders on my computer, I use this file manager because it has 4 panes/windows to easily access and move my files and folders around.

Moo0 System Monitor (Website)
This monitoring tool helps me view my hardware usage. It gives me information on what hardware is using my resources. Also what hardware is causing the bottleneck in my operating system.

Moo0 SimpleTimer (Website)
I use this app to shutdown Windows when I am “AFK” (like if I have to sleep but still have unfinished tasks). Also as a timer to remind me of something. But it can also open a file or execute programs etc.

CCleaner (Website)
Very popular Windows and Registry cleaner and does a lot more.

FastCopy (Website)
It is supposed to copy large files and folders faster than Windows normally does but I still prefer to use Windows because when it comes to copying or moving my files and folders around, I prefer reliability to speed. I use the delete function because sometimes it can delete files that Windows normally can not and will not, such as the hidden $Recycle.Bin folder that sometimes gets too big and Windows does not delete it.

IrfanView (Website)
I use this picture editor for editing most of my images. Very lightweight but has all the features I need and more.

Process Hacker (Website)
I use this tool to change priorities of certain programs such as when playing games or watching videos. Also to terminate or restart programs that are not responding properly. It has a lot more administrative features.

SyncBack (Website)
For me this is one of the most reliable backup/sync programs. I use this app to backup/sync all my documents and programs to an external harddrive.

UniExtract (Website)
It can extract/unpack almost any archive, exe, msi, packed files, etc. For me, a must have tool. It simplifies unpacking archives. (This is one of the times I use Chrome web browser, as it is located in a Russian website.)

VLC media player (Website)
Another popular media player. Supposedly plays everything. That’s why I use it.

µTorrent (Website)
Very lightweight and fast bit-torrent client for downloading torrents. If you are bothered by the ads, there are a lot of sites that can show you how to disable them.

Firefox (Website)
For me this is a fast and secure web browser.

Google Chrome (Website)
I use this web browser because I visit quite a few foreign sites and it translates the language to English.

 

 

If interested, you can find a lot of reliable portable apps here.

 

Not Portable

SSD Fresh (Website)
Disables unnecessary Windows tasks that cause extra read and writes to my SSD. Disables also unnecessary Windows services that slow down Windows.

Internet Download Manager (Website)
For me, this is the best download manager. Downloads very fast. I can pause and resume (if allowed). Integrates into my web browsers so it catches and automatically allows me to download even in sites where I cannot normally download.

 

For Advanced Users

EasyBCD (Website)
I use this program for dual-booting into WinPE for Administrative purposes, troubleshooting or reinstalling Windows.

AIO Boot (Website)
In my experience, the best and simplest multiboot creator around. I use this to create multiboot USBs for booting into WinPE environment. It can be used for multibooting a lot of Windows and Linux distros.

PowerRun (Website)
I use this app to help me run apps or use Windows as “NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM” or “TrustedInstaller” with highest privileges. Even as Administrator there still some tasks I cannot perform so I have to use Windows with higher privileges, such as deleting hard to delete System files.

Windows Update Blocker (Website)
I use this tool to control Windows Updates. It stops Windows from automatically downloading and installing Windows updates. It can turn Windows updates off or on.

Bat To Exe Converter (Website)
A handy tool for converting my Batch scripts to EXEs (.exe) format.

Ps1 To Exe (Website)
Another handy tool for converting my Powershell scripts to EXEs (.exe) format.