Captured install.wim worked to install like recovery windows (not fully updated).


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The command to capture image
dism /capture-image /imagefile:Z:\install.wim /capturedir:D:\
/name:"Recovery" /description:"My Custom Recovery Image" /compress:maximum
D: is windows 11 installed partition.
Z : is any available blank partition/space/external USB/internal partition.
I downloaded Windows 11 pro os build 22000.918 from uupdump.net and mounted it on virtual drive.(Because my pc is running windows 11 pro os build 22000.918), I prepared 128 Gb External USB with 2Gb FAT32 and rest with NTFS
format style.
I copied all folders and files to NTFS partition.
From mounted iso, I copied all but excluding sources folder, to FAT 32 partition. After manually creating sources folder, I cut boot.wim from sources folder of NTFS partition,to move to FAT32 sources folder.
Lastly I replaced captured install.wim (of size 50GB) to replace install.wim of NTFS partition on external USB.
All worked well to install captured install.wim on a blank internal partition of size 125GB.
Thus running second digitally activated windows 11 21H2 os build 22000.466 on newly created partition of 125gb size.
This new installed windows 11 added automatically to main boot loader.
To make recovery partition, we have to use recovery.bat available on tenforum, thanks to@Kari.
 
Windows Build/Version
Windows 11 21H2 OS Build 22000.918

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I used 5GB install.wim a few hours ago.
I apologise.I should have used captured install.wim of size 48.8 GB , size on disk 52,405,760,000 bytes.
Procedure I have used is correct, as when I booted from USB having captured install.wim, it directly landed to desktop of Windows 11 pro os build 22000.918 after installation without asking me a single question. Please see the images.
 

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To add, I got everything back which I had on my pc before reinstall.
More clearly, boot from bootable usb of Windows 11, press shift+F10 when install screen comes.
X:\sources>
dism /capture-image /imagefile:Z:\install.wim /capturedir:D:\
/name:"Recovery" /description:"My Custom Recovery Image"
Exit.
Log in to installed windows 11.
Make partitions on usb as told above.
Mount the downloaded iso from uupdump.net which matches your installed windows 11 os build on your pc.
Copy captured install.wim to replace install.wim in NTFS partition.
Cut boot.wim from NTFS\sources folder to paste in manually created sources folder in FAT32 partition.
Boot from bootable usb to get your running windows 11 back on new or same partition.
 

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More clearly, boot from bootable usb of Windows 11, press shift+F10 when install screen comes.
X:\sources>
dism /capture-image /imagefile:Z:\install.wim /capturedir:D:\
/name:"Recovery" /description:"My Custom Recovery Image"
Exit.
Log in to installed windows 11.
Make partitions on usb as told above.
Mount the downloaded iso from uupdump.net which matches your installed windows 11 os build on your pc.
Copy captured install.wim to replace install.wim in NTFS partition.
Cut boot.wim from NTFS\sources folder to paste in manually created sources folder in FAT32 partition.
Boot from bootable usb to get your running windows 11 back on new or same partition.
Also to check volume of Windows 11,
run
diskpart>list vol
Note down windows 11 installed volume letter, also other volumes to be used to save captured install.wim
All should be done at X:>Sources.
 

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There is a great tutorial that explains this.


I use this method to transfer an installation from one PC to another, injecting drivers of new pc into boot.wim and install.wim.
 

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Everything is working fine when I installed from iso made from captured install.wim(size 52 gb. This windows copy is receiving updates as usual, digital license linked with my MS account, without any data loss of personal files.
 

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More clearly, boot from bootable usb of Windows 11
can be done from inside windows using snapshot.

using wimlib:
%wimlib% capture \\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy4\ "o:\something.wim" --compress=fast --config="%TP%\BIN\wimscript.ini"

using dism:
Dism /Capture-Image /ImageFile:"O:\something.wim" /CaptureDir:\\?\GLOBALROOT\Device\HarddiskVolumeShadowCopy4\ /Name:SomeName /ConfigFile:WimScript.ini



easier with dism++


Optional exclusions: Options>More Settings

dism++capture0..jpg


Highlight in blue OS to capture in the top pane

dism++capture1.jpg

File > Save Image

dism++capture2.jpg


Browse to destination and wim name. then click ok

dism++capture3.jpg
 
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    gigabyte b365m ds3h
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    2x8gb 3200mhz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    benq gw2480
    PSU
    bequiet pure power 11 400CM
    Cooling
    cryorig m9i
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Now after receiving updates, this copy has been upgraded to os build 22000.978. Formerly os build was 22000.918 .Please see the image.
Special thanks to @cereberus , SIW2, and everyone who has shared valuable time on this thread.
This thread has enriched my knowledge.
Again thanks respected members of this forum.
 

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