Best tool for creating ISO's

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  1. Magmarock

    Magmarock MDL Member

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    When it comes to creating bookable isos for Windows. What's the best tool and why.

    Poweriso, Ultraiso, oscdimg.

    I thought it would be oscdimg since it comes with windows assessment and deployment kit and is considered the official way of creating isos. I would like a program that I can use from the command line so I can automate the process of building windows isos with new changes and modifications.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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  3. Magmarock

    Magmarock MDL Member

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    Gen2 also uses ultraiso I know they have DRM that allows for offline activation which makes me want to support them. I've been trying out oscdimg but I'm not getting the hang of it. Why do you prefer it over the others for building isos?
     
  4. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    What does this have to do with homebrew releasers (to put it nicely) or offline activation (of what)?

    The second post of the linked thread should give you a good start with cdimage/oscdimg.
     
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  5. Magmarock

    Magmarock MDL Member

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    Well Gen2 showed me how to do it, and come to think of it homebrew is what I am trying to do. It's just that it's been a while. The motivation behind all these was to setup windows to run as much software as possible regardless of internet connectivity. So while I'm happy to pay for software I stay away from things that require online activation as mmuch as posible.

    Gen2 versions of Windows come pre loaded with updates and VC redists to get as many things working as possible. My homebrew versions of Windows come with even more things such as DirectX june 2010 (need for some older games including openGL ones not sure why.) as well as having directplay and dot net 3.5 already installed and working.

    I'm all about that backwards compatibility because I didn't get the internet until much later in life. I love homebrew windows and I wanted to start making my own with high compatibility and offline functionality prioritized.
     
  6. Skunk1966

    Skunk1966 MDL Member

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    so why ask here if they showed you?? makes no sense to me at all
     
  7. Magmarock

    Magmarock MDL Member

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    #7 Magmarock, May 20, 2022
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    Oh Right, he showed me how to edit a wim file. But I was using imgburn to create iso files, which can boot easily boot into legacy bios but not uefi. I'm looking for a good tool for creating bootable iso files for both uefi and legacy bios. So far I'm between ultra iso and cdimage.exe
     
  8. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    iso? Who needs iso? learn dism instead
     
  9. Magmarock

    Magmarock MDL Member

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    I know how to use DISM and you still need to create an iso once you've changed the install.wim file.
     
  10. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Haven't you been answered enough options?
     
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  11. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    You might as well just use oscdimg as @Enthousiast pointed out. If your building your own images then you'd be using batch files for automation of things and adding on iso creation would be simple...
     
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  12. Magmarock

    Magmarock MDL Member

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    Actually, I think I have it all sorted. I still like the idea of Ultraiso because I still need a tool for mounting .bin files of old PC games and the added benefit of being able edit Windows iso seems like a no brainier.

    Then, I can switch to oscdimg when I have built an automated process for updating wim files. Thank you very much for your assistance though. I really do appreciate it.
     
  13. Chibi ANUBIS

    Chibi ANUBIS MDL Chibi Developer

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    Hello my dear,
    Here my script with oscdimg, I create the ISO after modified the install.wim. Need to install the ADK.

    Code:
    @echo off
    TITLE Create Bootable ISO - Chibi ANUBIS
    
    SET "DirPath=C:\ISO\Win10_21H2_French_x64"
    SET "ISOPath=C:\ISO"
    
    if exist "%programfiles%\Windows kits" SET "_dirADK=%programfiles%\Windows kits"
    if exist "%programfiles(x86)%\Windows kits" SET "_dirADK=%programfiles(x86)%\Windows kits"
    if not defined _dirADK goto exit
    
    "%_dirADK%\10\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Deployment Tools\%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%\Oscdimg\oscdimg.exe" -m -o -u2 -udfver102 -bootdata:2#p0,e,b%DirPath%\boot\etfsboot.com#pEF,e,b%DirPath%\efi\microsoft\boot\efisys.bin %DirPath% %ISOPath%\ISOUPDATED.iso
    
    ECHO Press any keys to exit.
    pause>nul
    exit
    
     
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