Two months ago, I posted instructions on how to get the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast or Skip Ahead ring ISO image using UUP Dump. The problem is, UUP Dump only offers ISO images for Home, Home N, Pro and Pro N editions. To get the latest Fast Ring or Skip Ahead ISO images for other editions, you’ll need a workaround.
Let’s say you want a W10 Enterprise Insider Preview fast ring ISO image for a clean or repair install. In that case, you can first clean install an Enterprise official release, join it into the Insider program and opt in to the Fast or Skip ahead ring. Then, you’d let Windows Update download the upgrade (UUP files), and use a tool to create an ISO. This tutorial on TenForums.com shows how to do that: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/74480-uup-iso-create-bootable-iso-windows-10-build-upgrade-files.html
Luckily, there’s a simpler, faster option available to get the ISO in any edition you’d prefer. In this post, I will show how to use PowerShell to get an ISO image for any Fast or Skip Ahead ring Windows 10 Insider Preview edition. It creates a multi edition ISO, to contain the original edition and any other edition(s) you’ll add to it. You can use this method to create a real All-in-One (AIO) ISO, to allow clean or repair install of any Windows 10 Insider Preview edition.
To start with, use UUP Dump to get a Windows 10 PRO ISO image. When that’s done, mount the ISO as virtual DVD drive by right clicking the ISO file and selecting Mount. Create a folder on the root of any drive, name it as you wish. In this example, I will use folder D:\ISO_Files. We’ll also need to create another folder to use as a temporary mounting point. In this example, I use folder C:\Mount.
Copy the content of your mounted Insider Fast ring ISO to D:\ISO_Files:
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OK, let’s continue. Open an elevated PowerShell. Enter the following command to mount the Windows image (#1 in next screenshot):
Mount-WindowsImage -Path C:\MOUNT -ImagePath D:\ISO_Files\Sources\install.wim -Index 1
Enter the following command to check which editions can be added to the image (#2):
Get-WindowsEdition -Path C:\MOUNT\ -Target
This will show all editions that can be added to Windows image (#3)
I will add Enterprise edition to this Windows image with following command (#4):
Set-WindowsEdition -Path C:\MOUNT\ -Edition Enterprise
All done. I will now commit (save) the changes in Windows image with following command (#5):
Dismount-WindowsImage -Path C:\MOUNT\ -Save -Append
If we check the Windows image now, we can see that a new index 2 has been added to it (#6).
This can be confusing, because both indexes show the edition as Windows 10 Pro. We know that index 1 is the original Pro edition, and index 2 the added Enterprise. To make things simpler, we need to rename index 2 to Windows 10 Enterprise.
I am a “Windows purist”, doing as much as I can and is possible without any third party tools and applications, using only Windows’ native tools. However, renaming Windows images in a deployment image, I have given up and chosen to use a small third party tool called WimLib. You can download it here. It makes this task easy.
Download WimLib. In PowerShell, enter the following command to change both name and description of newly added Enterprise edition (index:2) on your Windows image:
WimLib_Folder_path\wimlib-imagex.exe info D:\ISO_Files\Sources\install.wim 2 "Windows 10 Enterprise" "Windows 10 Enterprise"
Now you have both editions clearly described:
Because I wanted to add Education edition to my multi edition ISO, too, I repeated the preceding steps, this time adding Education. When the work is done and I check image info, I can see that a new edition index 3 was added to image. Because the original image was W10 Pro, the new edition index got its name and description copied from it (#1 in next screenshot).
Once again, I use WimLib to change both the name and description for index 3 (#2) to Education with following command:
WimLib_Folder_path\wimlib-imagex.exe info D:\ISO_Files\Sources\install.wim 3 "Windows 10 Education" "Windows 10 Education"
It’s important to remember that the edition you add always gets the highest index number. As this sample image already contains Pro and Enterprise editions, Education edition now got index number 3. However, its name and description were copied from index 1, the original W10 Pro edition. It is therefore recommended you use WimLib or any other tool you’d prefer to change the edition name and description as soon as you have appended the image, and added a new edition. In this example, after adding index 3 Education and renaming it, the information is now correct:
The only thing still missing is to create an ISO image from the folder ISO_Images. Use any method you like to make the ISO. I am again using native Microsoft and Windows tools for that, as taught in this tutorial on TenForums.com: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/72031-create-windows-10-iso-image-existing-installation.html#Part5
All done, I have now the latest Windows Insider Preview Fast ring or Skip Ahead ISO image containing all my preferred editions:
Practical and easy. For this example, I needed less than 10 minutes to create a multi edition ISO, including the time to download and create the original W10 Pro ISO using UUP Dump. Good stuff!
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.