-- Mike Gore - 2021-10-03

Windows 10 Base Image Creation



  • We assume you have enabled Secure Boot in the system BIOS and that USB booting is enabled

Where to Get Windows 10

  • Windows 10 Download links
    • ISO https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10ISO
    • USB Windows Media Creation tool https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10
      • Create Windows 10 installation media -> Download Tool Now
        • Run Media Creation Tool that downloads for example MediaCreationTool21H1.exe
        • You will see:
          • Getting a few things Ready
          • Accept License
          • Select Create installation Media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC -> Next
          • Uncheck "Use the recommended settings for this PC" if you plan to make a generic Windows 10 USB installer -> Next
          • Pick USB flash drive - alternatively you can also save an ISO at this stage

Windows ISO or USB image modification notes:

  • Copy ei.cfg to the USB key \sources directory
    • This adds the ability to chose specific editions of Windows 10 on systems with existing BIOS keys enrolled
      • For example many of our Lenovo Laptops have HOME edition BIOS keys installed
    • Note: we use Windows 10 Education edition when installing systems

Install Windows 10

  • Attach computer to a DHCP network such as Vlan 420
  • Check BIOS settings - see above
  • Boot Windows 10 USB Key (Boot BIOS menu at startup : F12 for most systems, alternatively F8, Lenovo Laptops Press Enter at prompt then F12)
  • Pick Install -> Custom Setup -> Delete all Partitions using mouse -> Pick New partition (it will create 3) and continue
    • It will copy the installer files and start the installation
  • During the setup it will as for Windows version -> Pick Windows 10 Education
  • When setting up a user pick cscf-adm for staff members or cscf-op in you are helpdesk or coop * For privacy questions limit all options to basic or no

Windows 10 Updates

  • In the Search bar enter Check and Check for updates should appear as you type - select that
    • When the Updater opens pick Search for updates - >update everything including optional updates
    • The system may have to reboot a few times

Install vendor specific drivers if you wish to customize this image for specific hardware

  • Lenovo Laptops -> http://support.lenovo.com -> PC and Laptops -> Scan to detect -> Download and Install Tool -> Repeat and install drivers
    • You will see a Lenovo Update to in the Program FIles -> Run Lenovo Updates _> reboot if need and try again untill all updates are applied

Update Windows settings

  • Change power profile to never suspend when plugged in while working on image

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