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I don't have a USB drive (larger than 8GB) handy for the Windows Media Creation Tool (MCT). I am attempting to simulate a USB Flash Drive for MCT using a VHD.

I followed the steps in this video to create and mount a VHD, but it is not detected in the Media Creation Tool. As noted in a number of the comments on that video, VHDs seem to be totally unrelated to USB Drives for Windows, so the title is misleading.

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Is there any way to get Media Creation Tool to treat a VHD like a USB Flash Drive so I can install all the files loosely (rather than as an ISO file) into it? Certainly it would be easy enough to simply copy the files out of the ISO onto the drive, but I am wondering if there are any special tricks to make this work automatically. (My reason to do this - if it seems pointless - is I would like to network share the VHD to my HyperV client and test out basic DISM/WSIM management directly on that shared drive.)

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  • Are you trying to install Windows on a machine not running Windows? You can mount the Windows ISO within Windows and run setup.exe. You can mount the Windows image contained within an ISO file easily enough
    – Ramhound
    Commented Feb 15 at 21:07
  • @Ramhound no, I am trying to experiment with image management ecosystem on Windows, so i need access to the sources\install.wim file (e.g, create answer files, catalog files, etc)
    – shea
    Commented Feb 15 at 21:08
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    That can be done with DISM without the ISO being written to a flash drive. All you have to do is mount the ISO within Windows.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Feb 15 at 21:09
  • @Ramhound indeed! i am wondering if I can work with VHDs directly somehow, without using an ISO file
    – shea
    Commented Feb 15 at 21:09
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    Media Creation Tool likely won't let you write to a non-removable drive, however, Rufus would let you do that with some warnings.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Feb 15 at 21:11

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