[DISCUSSION] Microsoft Validation OS

Discussion in 'Windows 11' started by luzea, Jun 15, 2022.

  1. luzea

    luzea MDL Expert

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  2. Lowprofile18

    Lowprofile18 MDL Novice

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    Microsoft released a new lightweight windows 11 validation OS, Can this be activated?
     
  3. abbodi1406

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    It's free
    basically Windows Client Nano
     
  4. oliverjia

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    Sorry, validation OS? What are these for? Any difference from the IP ISO?
     
  5. Enthousiast

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  7. luzea

    luzea MDL Expert

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    Because this is now a separate thread, I've updated the first post with all the important information.
     
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  9. ohenry

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    This sounds like it would make a very good base for a "rescue disk", like Hiren's or something similar.
     
  10. Atari800XL

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    #10 Atari800XL, Jun 16, 2022
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    I agree. Looks kinda "PE" ish to me?
    Something new to play with...

    I took the "ValidationsOS.wim", exported image two (or was it one?) like this:
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    wimlib-imagex.exe export --boot ValidationOS.wim 2 boot.wim
    then threw boot.wim onto an existing PE pen drive (which already has the boot files, etc.)

    Seems to work, it boots to a command line.
     
  11. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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    Looks like index 2 to me.

    I also tried merely replacing sources\boot.wim on a Windows 10 iso with a renamed ValidationsOS.wim, and it booted me straight into a command line...

    C:\temp>Dism /Get-ImageInfo /imagefile:c:\temp\ValidationOS.wim

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.19041.844

    Details for image : c:\temp\ValidationOS.wim

    Index : 1
    Name : ValidationOS_Install
    Description : Installation image for ValidationOS
    Size : 926,992,890 bytes

    Index : 2
    Name : ValidationOS_Boot
    Description : Bootable image for ValidationOS
    Size : 927,247,566 bytes

    The operation completed successfully.

    C:\temp>
     
  12. E_B_M

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    delete pls
     
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  13. Atari800XL

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    I did only minimal testing on this until now, basically just trying if replacing a PE boot.wim with this one works, and it did.
    Now I see this was actually the recommended method from the links in the first post :)

    Next I tried to run some programs on it, I tested some "bare bones" 64 bit tools that I use on a standard PE (without x86 app support etc.).
    No luck, but to my surprise, when I accidentally started my favorite x86 text editor (The Semware Editor, a console mode app), it worked!
    Normally this x86 app doesn't work on a 64 bit only PE...

    Not sure what's going on?
     
  14. Dark Dinosaur

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    #14 Dark Dinosaur, Jun 17, 2022
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    SO .. I can take windows 10/11 ISO
    replace Boot / Install WIM files
    with index 1/2 and that it ?

    1- Yes it work
    2- Just a boring terminal
     
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  15. case-sensitive

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    With NTLite The components list and services lists look good to me :) = Not many :)

    And only 1 font and 2 keyboards :)

    ATM three updates apear to have gone in ........... but havent tried to install it ...... yet :)
     
  16. case-sensitive

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    Looking at it with dism ++ it looks good too = empty ........... BUT ......... after an hour haveing fun playing with it .......... its not for me ............. if i cant install programs and dont have a desktop it doesnt apeal to me ............ especialy as the newest active boot disc is windows 10.0.22000.1 , only 545 MBs and i can put other programs in to it .
     
  17. abbodi1406

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    WinPE SysWOW64 ~ 39 MB
    WinVOS SysWOW64 ~ 100 MB

    more x86 layer :)
     
  18. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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    Semware? I loved Qedit back in the ms-dos days ;)

    This ValidationOS thing looks a lot like a 64-bit multitasking version of DOS...
     
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  20. ohenry

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    I used Qedit back in the day, it was my favorite editor under Dos. Then when I had to learn unix, around 1992, Vim became my go to. And still is, to this day. But Qedit does bring back memories. As I recall, the original version was written in Turbo Pascal.