For a Limited Audience: A Collection of Generic Answer Files, Each with a Different Purpose


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This post is in response to another user who specifically requested sample unattended answer files. I thought that since I was going through this effort, I would simply share these publicly for anyone who might be interested.

NOTE: YES - I know that the purpose for some of these answer files, such as creating a local user account or bypassing Windows 11 installation requirements, can be done very easily using utilities such as Rufus. I am also aware that other tasks, such as creating the Recovery Tools partition after the Windows partition can be accomplished in an unattended setup using means different from what I provide here. You DO NOT need to comment on that here. The purpose of this post is to simply provide some samples showing the versatility of these answer files and illustrate that they can be used for a lot more than a fully unattended installation of Windows.

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An answer file can be used for more than just a fully unattended installation of Windows. An answer file can be crafted to bypass the Windows 11 system requirements, and / or create a local user account without the need for creating a Microsoft account. It can do this with or without a fully unattended installation.

To use any one of these answer files, simply rename the answer file to "autounattend.xml" and place that file in the root of your Windows installation media.

You should read this text before implementing any of my answer files. It is especially important to look at the answer files to review the comments in the answer file.

Some of these answer files will cause Windows setup to proceed with a fully unattended installation which will wipe a disk without asking! All of the answer files whose names start with "(!)" will start a fully automatic installation of Windows and will wipe a disk without asking. Use cation with these answer files and modify as needed. If you need help modifying this, just ask! As an alternative, use one of the answer files that does not automatically wipe a disk. As an example, the answer file named "Unattended Installation, User Selects Destination Disk" performs a fully unattended installation EXCEPT that it pauses right near the start of the installation to have the user select the disk to which Windows should be installed. It will then perform the rest of the Windows installation fully unattended.

A TRICK FOR A CLEANER START SCREEN AFTER INSTALLATION

I use in a trick in my answer files that results in a much cleaner Start screen.

In each answer file, you would normally set the "UserLocal" to "en-US". Outside of the United States, it will be the setting appropriate to your region in place of "en-US". However, if you set the UserLocale to "en-001", this will cause the Microsoft Store app to be disabled temporarily and prevent all the usual placeholders for apps from being added to Start. These include things like Spotify, Messenger, Amazon Prime, etc.

When installing Windows manually, without an answer file, the same thing can be accomplished by setting "Time and currency format" to "English (World)" rather than setting it to "English (United States)" on the first static screen of a manual setup.

IMPORTANT: There may be more than one section in which you will find the "UserLocal" in the answer file. Make sure to update them all.

If you implement this trick, note that in a manual setup, during installation you will see a screen that says that something went wrong. This hurts nothing and you would simply select "skip" on that screen. This does not affect unattended setup at all.

IMPORTANT: If you implement this trick, for both a manual installation and unattended setup, after Windows installation is completed, the first thing that you should do after setup finishes is to ensure that you have Internet access, then open Settings > Time & language > Language & region. Change "Country or region" to "United States" (or what is appropriate for your region) and "Regional format" to "English (United States)". Again, if not in the United States, set this to the appropriate setting for your region. Note that if you do not have Internet access when you make this change, then the placeholder icons will populate once Internet access is available so it is important to make sure you have Internet access before make this change. Put another way: If you do not provide Internet access before changing the regional settings, Windows will behave just like you never implemented this trick.

The bottom line is that by simply changing "UserLocal" to "en-001" (which is the same as selecting "English (World)" in the GUI), you get a far cleaner Start screen after installation.

To make this change, you don't have to bother using the Windows System Image Manager. Simply open the answer file in Notepad and make the change manually.

Note that if you do not wish to implement this trick, simply change each reference to "en-001" in my answer files to "en-US" (in the United States) or to the appropriate setting for your region.

END OF TRICK


* Items that apply to ALL of the answer files *

All of the answer files found here have a Windows 10 / 11 Pro key. You can change the key to Windows Home, Education, etc. if you wish.

Each answer file has comments that you should review. These comments are easiest to read if you open the answer file in a Web browser because it color codes items making comments easier to read but you can also open them in Notepad or another text reader / editor.

All of these answer files can be used with both Windows 10 and 11. The portion of any answer file that bypasses Windows 11 requirement checks won't affect Windows 10 so it is fine to leave this in place even for Windows 10 installations.


* How to use an answer file *

Select the desired answer file, save it to a text file named autounattend.xml. Do one of the following:

1) Place it in the root of your Windows installation media.

2) As an alternative, create a second media with just the autounattend.xml answer file in the root. Make sure that this media is connected to the system or VM where Windows is to be installed in addition to the Windows installation media. This is especially helpful for installation to a VM because it means that you will not need to modify your Windows ISO image.


* A problem with unattended installation, and a solution *

Microsoft recommends that the Recovery Tools partition be created immediately AFTER the Windows partition. However, a traditional unattended installation does not do this, it creates the Recovery Tools partition BEFORE the Windows partition. If you want to know the technical reasons for this let me know and I will explain, but we won't go into that here. The Fully Unattended Installation answer file will perform a traditional unattended installation but will NOT place the Recovery Tools partition after the Windows partition as is recommended. My suggestion is to use any one of the other fully unattended installation answer files which use a workaraound that creates the Recovery Tools partition after the Windows partition.


* Brief summary of each answer file *

Read the comments in each answer file for more details.

(!) Fully Unattended Installation - Wipes disk 0 and installs Windows to it. Uses the traditional methods resulting in the Recovery Tools partition being created BEFORE the Windows partition.

(!) Fully Unattended Installation, 350 GB Win Partition - This answer file will create a Windows partition limited to 350 GB and an additional data partition that contains the remaining space of the disk. This is good for a system such as a laptop that has only one drive but where you want a separate drive letter for a data partition.

(!) Fully Unattended Installation, Creates Recovery Partition Last - This is the same as a standard fully unattended installation with the exception that it uses a workaround to create the Recovery Tools partition AFTER the Windows partition.

Unattended Installation, User Selects Destination Disk - This is a fully unattended installation EXCEPT that it pauses near the start of installation to have the user select the disk to which Windows should be installed. This is an excellent choice if you do not know ahead of time what disk to install Windows to or if you don't want to risk accidentally wiping the wrong disk.

No Unattended Installation, Bypass Win 11 Requirements and Creates Local Account - This answer file does not perform an unattended installation. It allows the user to manually install Windows but will bypass the Windows 11 System requirements and will automatically create a local user account. Other than that, the user steps through Windows installation manually.

No Unattended Installation, Bypass Win 11 Requirements Only - This answer file does not perform an unattended installation. It allows the user to manually install Windows but will bypass the Windows 11 System requirements. Other than that, the user steps through Windows installation manually.

No Unattended Installation, Creates Local Account Only - This answer file does not perform an unattended installation. It allows the user to manually install Windows but will create a local user account, bypassing Windows from forcing you to create a Microsoft account during installation.


NOTE: Comments are displayed in a different color in the below answer files. I suggest reading the comments. If you download any of these, open them in a web browser to read the comments. It's much easier to read than in notepad where everything looks the same.

(!) Fully Unattended Installation
XML:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--
************
* WARNING! *
************

This answer file will cause Windows setup to WIPE disk 0 without any warning and to begin installation
to that disk. Change the disk number if installing to a disk other than disk 0.

******************
* END OF WARNING *
******************

Notes about this answer file:

It includes a Windows 10 / 11 Pro key.

It will install Windows to Disk 0.

It creates an Admin level user named "WinUser", full name "Windows User" with an initial password of "Password1".

Locale settings are set to United States English.

IMPORTANT: The "User Locale" has been changed from en-US to en-001 in both places where it appears. This is the equivalent of
           "English (World)". By doing this, Windows will not believe itself to be in a location where Microsoft Store access
           is available and as a result none of the "bloatware" placeholder icons will be installed to Start. After Windows is
           installed you will need to do the following:

           1) Make certain that Windows has Internet access BEFORE you perform step 2 below. If you perform step 2 before
              Windows has had a chance to connect to the Internet, the placeholder icons will appear in Start as soon as
              Internet access becomes available.

           2) Open Settings > Time & language > Language & region. Under "Region" change "Country or region" to United States
              (or the region appropriate to you). Also, change the "Regional format" to "English (United States)" or to the
              setting appropriate for your region.

Time zone is set to US Central Time. Change this if needed.

It includes settings to bypass Windows 11 system requirements.

The size of the Recovery Tools partition created by this answer will be larger than normal at 2 GB. Change this if you are very short on space or prefer a smaller Recovery Tools partition.

This answer file can be used with both Windows 10 and 11. The settings to bypass
Windows 11 system requirement checks will have no effect on Windows 10.

END OF NOTES
-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <SetupUILanguage>
                <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            </SetupUILanguage>
            <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
            <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
            <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-001</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <ImageInstall>
                <OSImage>
                    <InstallTo>
                        <DiskID>0</DiskID>
                        <PartitionID>4</PartitionID>
                    </InstallTo>
                    <!--
Below you will find 6 lines that are commented out. These lines will allow you to specify a specific Windows edition to install
in those case where your Windows image has more than one of the same edition. As an example, suppose that you have more than
one Windows Pro edition. Maybe one of these is a standard Windows Pro edition, and another has Windows Pro with drivers added
for use in a specific system. If you are specifying a generic Windows Pro key for installation, setup will pause and expect
you to specify which Windows Pro edition to install since there is more than one. By uncommenting the section below, you
are telling setup exactly which one of these to install. Make sure to update the index value to the correct value for
your situation. You can ignore this if you are using a standard retail Windows installation media.

Note that you can also change the value for "key"  to /IMAGE/NAME or /IMAGE/DESCRIPTION to specify the edition to be
installed by NAME or DESCRIPTION rather than by index number.
-->
                    <!--
                    <InstallFrom>
                        <MetaData wcm:action="add">
                            <Key>/IMAGE/INDEX</Key>
                            <Value>6</Value>
                        </MetaData>
                    </InstallFrom>
-->
                </OSImage>
            </ImageInstall>
            <UserData>
                <ProductKey>
                    <Key>VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T</Key>
                </ProductKey>
                <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
            </UserData>
            <RunSynchronous>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>1</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassTPMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>2</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassSecureBootCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>3</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassRAMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>4</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassCPUCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
            </RunSynchronous>
            <DiskConfiguration>
                <Disk wcm:action="add">
                    <CreatePartitions>
                        <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Order>1</Order>
                            <Size>2048</Size>
                            <Type>Primary</Type>
                        </CreatePartition>
                        <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Order>2</Order>
                            <Size>260</Size>
                            <Type>EFI</Type>
                        </CreatePartition>
                        <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Order>3</Order>
                            <Size>128</Size>
                            <Type>MSR</Type>
                        </CreatePartition>
                        <CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Extend>true</Extend>
                            <Order>4</Order>
                            <Type>Primary</Type>
                        </CreatePartition>
                    </CreatePartitions>
                    <ModifyPartitions>
                        <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Format>NTFS</Format>
                            <Label>WinRE</Label>
                            <Order>1</Order>
                            <PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
                            <TypeID>DE94BBA4-06D1-4D40-A16A-BFD50179D6AC</TypeID>
                        </ModifyPartition>
                        <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Format>FAT32</Format>
                            <Label>System</Label>
                            <Order>2</Order>
                            <PartitionID>2</PartitionID>
                        </ModifyPartition>
                        <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Order>3</Order>
                            <PartitionID>3</PartitionID>
                        </ModifyPartition>
                        <ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
                            <Format>NTFS</Format>
                            <Label>Windows</Label>
                            <Letter>C</Letter>
                            <Order>4</Order>
                            <PartitionID>4</PartitionID>
                        </ModifyPartition>
                    </ModifyPartitions>
                    <DiskID>0</DiskID>
                    <WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
                </Disk>
            </DiskConfiguration>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
            <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
            <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-001</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <OOBE>
                <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
                <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen>
                <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens>
                <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
                <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
                <UnattendEnableRetailDemo>false</UnattendEnableRetailDemo>
            </OOBE>
            <UserAccounts>
                <LocalAccounts>
                    <LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
                        <Password>
                            <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                            <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                        </Password>
                        <DisplayName>Windows User</DisplayName>
                        <Group>Administrators</Group>
                        <Name>WinUser</Name>
                    </LocalAccount>
                </LocalAccounts>
            </UserAccounts>
            <TimeZone>Central Standard Time</TimeZone>
            <AutoLogon>
                <Enabled>true</Enabled>
                <LogonCount>1</LogonCount>
                <Username>WinUser</Username>
                <Password>
                    <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                    <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                </Password>
            </AutoLogon>
            <FirstLogonCommands>
                <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <CommandLine>reg add &quot;HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon&quot; /v AutoLogonCount /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f</CommandLine>
                    <Order>1</Order>
                </SynchronousCommand>
            </FirstLogonCommands>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="specialize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <OEMName></OEMName>
            <TimeZone>Central Standard Time</TimeZone>
            <ComputerName></ComputerName>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog://godzilla/data/windows/windows tools and deployment apps/assets and tools for deployment/catalog files for windows sim/windows 11 22h2 catalog files/install_windows 11 pro.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>


(!) Fully Unattended Installation, 350 GB Win Partition
XML:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--
************
* WARNING! *
************

This answer file will cause Windows setup to WIPE disk 0 without any warning and to begin installation
to that disk. Change the disk number if installing to a disk other than disk 0.

******************
* END OF WARNING *
******************

Notes about this answer file:

This answer file is for UEFI based systems only.

It includes a Windows 10 / 11 Pro key.

It creates an Admin level user named "WinUser", full name "Windows User" with an initial password of "Password1".

Locale settings are set to United States English.

IMPORTANT: The "User Locale" has been changed from en-US to en-001 in both places where it appears. This is the equivalent of
           "English (World)". By doing this, Windows will not believe itself to be in a location where Microsoft Store access
           is available and as a result none of the "bloatware" placeholder icons will be installed to Start. After Windows is
           installed you will need to do the following:

           1) Make certain that Windows has Internet access BEFORE you perform step 2 below. If you perform step 2 before
              Windows has had a chance to connect to the Internet, the placeholder icons will appear in Start as soon as
              Internet access becomes available.

           2) Open Settings > Time & language > Language & region. Under "Region" change "Country or region" to United States
              (or the region appropriate to you). Also, change the "Regional format" to "English (United States)" or to the
              setting appropriate for your region. Note that "Recommended" can also be used here.

Time zone is set to US Central Time. Change this if needed.

It includes settings to bypass Windows 11 system requirements.

The size of the Recovery Tools partition created by this answer will be larger than normal at 2 GB. Change this if you are very short on space or prefer a smaller Recovery Tools partition.

It will install automatically to disk 0 and creates the recovery partition last, as Microsoft recommends. To accomplish this,
we do not use the standard method of specifying the disk configuration information, but we create a diskpart script to
configure the disk.

This answer file can be used with both Windows 10 and 11. The settings to bypass
Windows 11 system requirement checks will have no effect on Windows 10.

END OF NOTES
-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <SetupUILanguage>
                <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            </SetupUILanguage>
            <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
            <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
            <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-001</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <ImageInstall>
                <OSImage>
                    <InstallTo>
                        <DiskID>0</DiskID>
                        <PartitionID>3</PartitionID>
                    </InstallTo>
                    <!--
Below you will find 6 lines that are commented out. These lines will allow you to specify a specific Windows edition to install
in those case where your Windows image has more than one of the same edition. As an example, suppose that you have more than
one Windows Pro edition. Maybe one of these is a standard Windows Pro edition, and another has Windows Pro with drivers added
for use in a specific system. If you are specifying a generic Windows Pro key for installation, setup will pause and expect
you to specify which Windows Pro edition to install since there is more than one. By uncommenting the section below, you
are telling setup exactly which one of these to install. Make sure to update the index value to the correct value for
your situation. You can ignore this if you are using a standard retail Windows installation media.

Note that you can also change the value for "key"  to /IMAGE/NAME or /IMAGE/DESCRIPTION to specify the edition to be
installed by NAME or DESCRIPTION rather than by index number.
-->
                    <!--
                    <InstallFrom>
                        <MetaData wcm:action="add">
                            <Key>/IMAGE/INDEX</Key>
                            <Value>6</Value>
                        </MetaData>
                    </InstallFrom>
-->
                </OSImage>
            </ImageInstall>
            <UserData>
                <ProductKey>
                    <Key>VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T</Key>
                </ProductKey>
                <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
            </UserData>
<!--
The first 4 Synchronous Commands below bypass the Windows 11 system requirement checks. The checks that are bypassed are:

TPM Check
Secure Boot Check
RAM Check
CPU Check

The remaining Synchronous Commands will partition the hard disk with the following settings:

NOTE: Synchronous Command #5 selects disk 0. If disk 0 is not the disk you need to use, change this to the correct disk number.

Partion Type   |     Size (in MB)     |  Format
===============================================
    EFI        |         260          |  FAT32
    MSR        |         128          |  NONE
  Windows      |    358,400 (350GB)   |  NTFS
  Recovery     |        2,048         |  NTFS
My Software    |  All Remaining Space |  NTFS
===============================================
-->

            <RunSynchronous>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>1</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassTPMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>2</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassSecureBootCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>3</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassRAMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>4</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassCPUCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>5</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo select disk 0 &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>6</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo clean &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>7</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo convert gpt &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>8</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo create partition efi size=260 &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>9</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo format fs=fat32 quick label=&quot;System&quot; &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>10</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo create partition msr size=128 &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>11</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo create partition primary size=358400 &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>12</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo format fs=ntfs quick label=&quot;Windows&quot; &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>13</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo assign letter=W &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>14</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo create partition primary size=2048 &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>15</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo format fs=ntfs quick label=&quot;Recovery&quot; &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>16</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo set id=&quot;de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac&quot; &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>17</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001 &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>18</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo create partition primary &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>19</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo format fs=ntfs quick label=&quot;My Software&quot; &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>20</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo exit &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>21</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c diskpart.exe /s X:\DiskPartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
            </RunSynchronous>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
            <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
            <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-001</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <OOBE>
                <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
                <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen>
                <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens>
                <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
                <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
                <UnattendEnableRetailDemo>false</UnattendEnableRetailDemo>
            </OOBE>
            <UserAccounts>
                <LocalAccounts>
                    <LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
                        <Password>
                            <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                            <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                        </Password>
                        <DisplayName>Windows User</DisplayName>
                        <Group>Administrators</Group>
                        <Name>WinUser</Name>
                    </LocalAccount>
                </LocalAccounts>
            </UserAccounts>
            <TimeZone>Central Standard Time</TimeZone>
            <FirstLogonCommands>
                <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <CommandLine>reg add &quot;HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon&quot; /v AutoLogonCount /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f</CommandLine>
                    <Order>1</Order>
                </SynchronousCommand>
            </FirstLogonCommands>
            <AutoLogon>
                <Password>
                    <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                    <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                </Password>
                <Username>WinUser</Username>
                <Enabled>true</Enabled>
                <LogonCount>1</LogonCount>
            </AutoLogon>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="specialize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <OEMInformation>
                <Manufacturer></Manufacturer>
                <SupportHours></SupportHours>
                <SupportPhone></SupportPhone>
                <SupportURL></SupportURL>
            </OEMInformation>
            <OEMName></OEMName>
            <TimeZone>Central Standard Time</TimeZone>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog:c:/data/windows/windows tools and deployment apps/assets and tools for deployment/catalog files for windows sim/windows 11 22h2 catalog files/install_windows 11 pro.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>


(!) Fully Unattended Installation, Creates Recovery Partition Last
XML:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--
Notes about this answer file:

This answer file is for UEFI based systems only.

It includes a Windows 10 / 11 Pro key.

It creates an Admin level user named "WinUser", full name "Windows User" with an initial password of "Password1".

Locale settings are set to United States English.

IMPORTANT: The "User Locale" has been changed from en-US to en-001 in both places where it appears. This is the equivalent of
           "English (World)". By doing this, Windows will not believe itself to be in a location where Microsoft Store access
           is available and as a result none of the "bloatware" placeholder icons will be installed to Start. After Windows is
           installed you will need to do the following:

           1) Make certain that Windows has Internet access BEFORE you perform step 2 below. If you perform step 2 before
              Windows has had a chance to connect to the Internet, the placeholder icons will appear in Start as soon as
              Internet access becomes available.

           2) Open Settings > Time & language > Language & region. Under "Region" change "Country or region" to United States
              (or the region appropriate to you). Also, change the "Regional format" to "English (United States)" or to the
              setting appropriate for your region. Note that "Recommended" can also be used here.

Time zone is set to US Central Time. Change this if needed.

It includes settings to bypass Windows 11 system requirements.

The size of the Recovery Tools partition created by this answer will be larger than normal at 2 GB. Change this if you are very short on space or prefer a smaller Recovery Tools partition.

It will install automatically to disk 0 and creates the recovery partition last, as Microsoft recommends. To accomplish this,
we do not use the standard method of specifying the disk configuration information, but we create a diskpart script to
configure the disk.

This answer file can be used with both Windows 10 and 11. The settings to bypass
Windows 11 system requirement checks will have no effect on Windows 10.

END OF NOTES
-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <SetupUILanguage>
                <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            </SetupUILanguage>
            <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
            <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
            <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-001</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <ImageInstall>
                <OSImage>
                    <InstallTo>
                        <DiskID>0</DiskID>
                        <PartitionID>3</PartitionID>
                    </InstallTo>
                    <!--
Below you will find 6 lines that are commented out. These lines will allow you to specify a specific Windows edition to install
in those case where your Windows image has more than one of the same edition. As an example, suppose that you have more than
one Windows Pro edition. Maybe one of these is a standard Windows Pro edition, and another has Windows Pro with drivers added
for use in a specific system. If you are specifying a generic Windows Pro key for installation, setup will pause and expect
you to specify which Windows Pro edition to install since there is more than one. By uncommenting the section below, you
are telling setup exactly which one of these to install. Make sure to update the index value to the correct value for
your situation. You can ignore this if you are using a standard retail Windows installation media.

Note that you can also change the value for "key"  to /IMAGE/NAME or /IMAGE/DESCRIPTION to specify the edition to be
installed by NAME or DESCRIPTION rather than by index number.
-->
                    <!--
                    <InstallFrom>
                        <MetaData wcm:action="add">
                            <Key>/IMAGE/INDEX</Key>
                            <Value>6</Value>
                        </MetaData>
                    </InstallFrom>
-->
                </OSImage>
            </ImageInstall>
            <UserData>
                <ProductKey>
                    <Key>VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T</Key>
                </ProductKey>
                <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
            </UserData>
<!--
The first 4 Synchronous Commands below bypass the Windows 11 system requirement checks. The checks that are bypassed are:

TPM Check
Secure Boot Check
RAM Check
CPU Check

The remaining Synchronous Commands will partition the hard disk with the following settings:

NOTE: Synchronous Command #5 selects disk 0. If disk 0 is not the disk you need to use, change this to the correct disk number.

Partion Type   |     Size (in MB)       | Format
================================================
    EFI        |            260         | FAT32
    MSR        |            128         | NONE
  Windows      | Remaining Space - 2 GB | NTFS
  Recovery     |           2,048        | NTFS
================================================
-->

            <RunSynchronous>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>1</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassTPMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>2</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassSecureBootCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>3</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassRAMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>4</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassCPUCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>5</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo select disk 0 &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>6</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo clean &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>7</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo convert gpt &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>8</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo create partition efi size=260 &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>9</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo format fs=fat32 quick label=&quot;System&quot; &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>10</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo create partition msr size=128 &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>11</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo create partition primary &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>12</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo shrink desired=2048 minimum=2048  &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>13</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo format fs=ntfs quick label=&quot;Windows&quot; &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>14</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo assign letter=W &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>15</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo create partition primary &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>16</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo format fs=ntfs quick label=&quot;Recovery&quot; &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>17</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo set id=&quot;de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac&quot; &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>18</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo gpt attributes=0x8000000000000001 &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>19</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c echo exit &gt;&gt; X:\diskpartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>20</Order>
                    <Path>cmd.exe /c diskpart.exe /s X:\DiskPartUEFI.txt</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
            </RunSynchronous>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
            <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
            <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-001</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <OOBE>
                <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
                <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen>
                <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens>
                <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
                <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
                <UnattendEnableRetailDemo>false</UnattendEnableRetailDemo>
            </OOBE>
            <UserAccounts>
                <LocalAccounts>
                    <LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
                        <Password>
                            <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                            <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                        </Password>
                        <DisplayName>Windows User</DisplayName>
                        <Group>Administrators</Group>
                        <Name>WinUser</Name>
                    </LocalAccount>
                </LocalAccounts>
            </UserAccounts>
            <TimeZone>Central Standard Time</TimeZone>
            <FirstLogonCommands>
                <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <CommandLine>reg add &quot;HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon&quot; /v AutoLogonCount /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f</CommandLine>
                    <Order>1</Order>
                </SynchronousCommand>
            </FirstLogonCommands>
            <AutoLogon>
                <Password>
                    <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                    <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                </Password>
                <Username>WinUser</Username>
                <Enabled>true</Enabled>
                <LogonCount>1</LogonCount>
            </AutoLogon>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="specialize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <OEMInformation>
                <Manufacturer></Manufacturer>
                <SupportHours></SupportHours>
                <SupportPhone></SupportPhone>
                <SupportURL></SupportURL>
            </OEMInformation>
            <OEMName></OEMName>
            <TimeZone>Central Standard Time</TimeZone>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog:c:/data/windows/windows tools and deployment apps/assets and tools for deployment/catalog files for windows sim/windows 11 22h2 catalog files/install_windows 11 pro.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>


No Unattended Installation, Bypass Win 11 Requirements and Creates Local Account - User Account WinUser
XML:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--
Notes about this answer file:

The purpose of this answer file is to bypass the Windows 11 system requirement checks, create a local user account, and
eliminate the need for an internet connection during setup. It does NOT perform an unattended installation of Windows.

It includes a Windows 10 / 11 Pro key.

It will create a local user account named "WinUser" with a full name of "Windows User" and a password of "Password1".

This answer file can also be used to setup Windows 10 since the setting to bypass Windows 11 requirement checks will
have no effect upon Windows 10 setup.

END OF NOTES
-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <ImageInstall>
                <OSImage>
                    <InstallFrom>
                        <Path>\install.wim</Path>
                        <!--
Below you will find 4 lines that are commented out. These lines will allow you to specify a specific Windows edition to install
in those case where your Windows image has more than one of the same edition. As an example, suppose that you have more than
one Windows Pro edition. Maybe one of these is a standard Windows Pro edition, and another has Windows Pro with drivers added
for use in a specific system. If you are specifying a generic Windows Pro key for installation, setup will pause and expect
you to specify which Windows Pro edition to install since there is more than one. By uncommenting the section below, you
are telling setup exactly which one of these to install. Make sure to update the index value to the correct value for
your situation. You can ignore this if you are using a standard retail Windows installation media.

Note that you can also change the value for "key"  to /IMAGE/NAME or /IMAGE/DESCRIPTION to specify the edition to be
installed by NAME or DESCRIPTION rather than by index number.
-->
                        <!--
                        <MetaData wcm:action="add">
                            <Key>/IMAGE/INDEX</Key>
                            <Value>6</Value>
                        </MetaData>
-->
                    </InstallFrom>
                </OSImage>
            </ImageInstall>
            <UserData>
                <ProductKey>
                    <Key>VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T</Key>
                </ProductKey>
                <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
            </UserData>
            <RunSynchronous>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>1</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassTPMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>2</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassSecureBootCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>3</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassRAMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>4</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassCPUCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
            </RunSynchronous>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <UserAccounts>
                <LocalAccounts>
                    <LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
                        <Password>
                            <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                            <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                        </Password>
                        <DisplayName>Windows User</DisplayName>
                        <Group>Administrators</Group>
                        <Name>WinUser</Name>
                    </LocalAccount>
                </LocalAccounts>
            </UserAccounts>
            <OOBE>
                <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
                <UnattendEnableRetailDemo>false</UnattendEnableRetailDemo>
                <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
                <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen>
                <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens>
                <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
            </OOBE>
        </component>
    </settings>
</unattend>


No Unattended Installation, Bypass Win 11 Requirements Only
XML:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--
Notes about this answer file:

The purpose of this answer file is to simply bypass the Windows 11 system requirement checks. It does NOT perform
an unattended instalation of Windows.

It includes a Windows 10 / 11 Pro key.

It includes settings to bypass Windows 11 system requirements.

This answer file can be used with both Windows 10 and 11. The settings to bypass Windows 11
system requirement checks will have no effect on Windows 10.

END OF NOTES
-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <ImageInstall>
                <OSImage>
                    <InstallFrom>
                        <Path>\install.wim</Path>
                        <!--
Below you will find 4 lines that are commented out. These lines will allow you to specify a specific Windows edition to install
in those case where your Windows image has more than one of the same edition. As an example, suppose that you have more than
one Windows Pro edition. Maybe one of these is a standard Windows Pro edition, and another has Windows Pro with drivers added
for use in a specific system. If you are specifying a generic Windows Pro key for installation, setup will pause and expect
you to specify which Windows Pro edition to install since there is more than one. By uncommenting the section below, you
are telling setup exactly which one of these to install. Make sure to update the index value to the correct value for
your situation. You can ignore this if you are using a standard retail Windows installation media.

Note that you can also change the value for "key"  to /IMAGE/NAME or /IMAGE/DESCRIPTION to specify the edition to be
installed by NAME or DESCRIPTION rather than by index number.
-->
                        <!--
                        <MetaData wcm:action="add">
                            <Key>/IMAGE/INDEX</Key>
                            <Value>6</Value>
                        </MetaData>
-->
                    </InstallFrom>
                </OSImage>
            </ImageInstall>
            <UserData>
                <ProductKey>
                    <Key>VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T</Key>
                </ProductKey>
                <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
            </UserData>
            <RunSynchronous>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>1</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassTPMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>2</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassSecureBootCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>3</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassRAMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>4</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassCPUCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
            </RunSynchronous>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog://godzilla/data/windows/windows tools and deployment apps/assets and tools for deployment/catalog files for windows sim/windows 11 22h2 catalog files/install_windows 11 pro.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>


No Unattended Installation, Creates Local Account Only
XML:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--
Notes about this answer file:

The purpose of this answer file is to create a local user account and eliminate the need for an internet
connection during setup. It does NOT perform an unattended installation of Windows.

It includes a Windows 10 / 11 Pro key.

It will create a local user account named "WinUser" with a full name of "Windows User" and a password of "Password1".

END OF NOTES
-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <ImageInstall>
                <OSImage>
                    <InstallFrom>
                        <Path>\install.wim</Path>
                        <!--
Below you will find 4 lines that are commented out. These lines will allow you to specify a specific Windows edition to install
in those case where your Windows image has more than one of the same edition. As an example, suppose that you have more than
one Windows Pro edition. Maybe one of these is a standard Windows Pro edition, and another has Windows Pro with drivers added
for use in a specific system. If you are specifying a generic Windows Pro key for installation, setup will pause and expect
you to specify which Windows Pro edition to install since there is more than one. By uncommenting the section below, you
are telling setup exactly which one of these to install. Make sure to update the index value to the correct value for
your situation. You can ignore this if you are using a standard retail Windows installation media.

Note that you can also change the value for "key"  to /IMAGE/NAME or /IMAGE/DESCRIPTION to specify the edition to be
installed by NAME or DESCRIPTION rather than by index number.
-->
                        <!--
                        <MetaData wcm:action="add">
                            <Key>/IMAGE/INDEX</Key>
                            <Value>6</Value>
                        </MetaData>
-->
                    </InstallFrom>
                </OSImage>
            </ImageInstall>
            <UserData>
                <ProductKey>
                    <Key>VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T</Key>
                </ProductKey>
                <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
            </UserData>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <UserAccounts>
                <LocalAccounts>
                    <LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
                        <Password>
                            <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                            <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                        </Password>
                        <DisplayName>Windows User</DisplayName>
                        <Group>Administrators</Group>
                        <Name>WinUser</Name>
                    </LocalAccount>
                </LocalAccounts>
            </UserAccounts>
            <OOBE>
                <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
                <UnattendEnableRetailDemo>false</UnattendEnableRetailDemo>
                <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
                <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen>
                <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens>
                <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
            </OOBE>
        </component>
    </settings>
</unattend>


Unattended Installation, User Selects Destination Disk
XML:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--
Notes about this answer file:

It includes a Windows 10 / 11 Pro key.

If can be used with UEFI based systems or legacy BIOS based systems.

It creates an Admin level user named "WinUser", full name "Windows User" with an initial password of "Password1".

Locale settings are set to United States English.

IMPORTANT: The "User Locale" has been changed from en-US to en-001 in both places where it appears. This is the equivalent of
           "English (World)". By doing this, Windows will not believe itself to be in a location where Microsoft Store access
           is available and as a result none of the "bloatware" placeholder icons will be installed to Start. After Windows is
           installed you will need to do the following:

           1) Make certain that Windows has Internet access BEFORE you perform step 2 below. If you perform step 2 before
              Windows has had a chance to connect to the Internet, the placeholder icons will appear in Start as soon as
              Internet access becomes available.

           2) Open Settings > Time & language > Language & region. Under "Region" change "Country or region" to United States
              (or the region appropriate to you). Also, change the "Regional format" to "English (United States)" or to the
              setting appropriate for your region. Note that "Recommended" can also be used here.

Time zone is set to US Central Time. Change this if needed.

No disk configuration section is included. This will allow the same answer file
to be used on any system no matter what disk Windows is to be installed on. As
a result of this, the user will be asked where to install Windows. After the
user specifies the location, the remainder of setup will continue unattended.

It includes settings to bypass Windows 11 system requirements.

This answer file can be used with both Windows 10 and 11. The settings to bypass
Windows 11 system requirement checks will have no effect on Windows 10.

END OF NOTES
-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <SetupUILanguage>
                <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            </SetupUILanguage>
            <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
            <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
            <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-001</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <ImageInstall>
                <OSImage>
                    <InstallFrom>
                        <Path>\install.wim</Path>
                        <!--
Below you will find 4 lines that are commented out. These lines will allow you to specify a specific Windows edition to install
in those case where your Windows image has more than one of the same edition. As an example, suppose that you have more than
one Windows Pro edition. Maybe one of these is a standard Windows Pro edition, and another has Windows Pro with drivers added
for use in a specific system. If you are specifying a generic Windows Pro key for installation, setup will pause and expect
you to specify which Windows Pro edition to install since there is more than one. By uncommenting the section below, you
are telling setup exactly which one of these to install. Make sure to update the index value to the correct value for
your situation. You can ignore this if you are using a standard retail Windows installation media.

Note that you can also change the value for "key"  to /IMAGE/NAME or /IMAGE/DESCRIPTION to specify the edition to be
installed by NAME or DESCRIPTION rather than by index number.
-->
                        <!--
                        <MetaData wcm:action="add">
                            <Key>/IMAGE/INDEX</Key>
                            <Value>6</Value>
                        </MetaData>
-->
                    </InstallFrom>
                </OSImage>
            </ImageInstall>
            <UserData>
                <ProductKey>
                    <Key>VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T</Key>
                </ProductKey>
                <AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
            </UserData>
            <RunSynchronous>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>1</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassTPMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>2</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassSecureBootCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>3</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassRAMCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
                <RunSynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <Order>4</Order>
                    <Path>reg add HKLM\System\Setup\LabConfig /v BypassCPUCheck /t reg_dword /d 0x00000001 /f</Path>
                </RunSynchronousCommand>
            </RunSynchronous>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
            <SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
            <UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
            <UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
            <UserLocale>en-001</UserLocale>
        </component>
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <OOBE>
                <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
                <HideOEMRegistrationScreen>true</HideOEMRegistrationScreen>
                <HideOnlineAccountScreens>true</HideOnlineAccountScreens>
                <HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
                <ProtectYourPC>1</ProtectYourPC>
                <UnattendEnableRetailDemo>false</UnattendEnableRetailDemo>
            </OOBE>
            <UserAccounts>
                <LocalAccounts>
                    <LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
                        <DisplayName>Windows User</DisplayName>
                        <Group>Administrators</Group>
                        <Name>WinUser</Name>
                        <Password>
                            <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                            <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                        </Password>
                    </LocalAccount>
                </LocalAccounts>
            </UserAccounts>
            <TimeZone>Central Standard Time</TimeZone>
            <AutoLogon>
                <Enabled>true</Enabled>
                <LogonCount>1</LogonCount>
                <Username>WinUser</Username>
                <Password>
                    <Value>UABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkADEAUABhAHMAcwB3AG8AcgBkAA==</Value>
                    <PlainText>false</PlainText>
                </Password>
            </AutoLogon>
            <FirstLogonCommands>
                <SynchronousCommand wcm:action="add">
                    <CommandLine>reg add &quot;HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon&quot; /v AutoLogonCount /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f</CommandLine>
                    <Order>1</Order>
                </SynchronousCommand>
            </FirstLogonCommands>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <settings pass="specialize">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <OEMInformation>
                <Manufacturer></Manufacturer>
                <SupportHours></SupportHours>
                <SupportPhone></SupportPhone>
                <SupportURL></SupportURL>
            </OEMInformation>
            <OEMName></OEMName>
            <TimeZone>Central Standard Time</TimeZone>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="catalog://godzilla/data_diskmy data/my software/windows installation and deployment apps and tools/assets and tools for deployment/catalog files for windows sim/windows 11 22h2 catalog files/install_windows 11 pro.clg" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1 Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor
A lot of work went into an excellent set of instructions! Admin should put it into the tutorial section. Thank you.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS @hsehestedt for your great inventions.

I have saved all XML files in compressed zip folder to upload ,XML folder , please see attached herewith.Are they correct?
I want all these files, to choose as options 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6, 7 while booting usb of Windows 11.
May I have such options while booting usb of Windows 11? Rename as autounattend.xml is also required before booting.
I will have ULTIMATE BOOTABLE USB FOR WINDOWS 11 , if this happens.
Please neglect my questions if not necessary to answer.
Thanks again @hsehestedt .
 

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Window 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASSEMMBLED
    CPU
    Intel Pentium CPU G620@ 2.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    DAICHI
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Onboard
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba HDD 1 TB
    Keyboard
    Mechanical
    Mouse
    Mechanical
    Internet Speed
    700 kb/s
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE, CHROME
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS @hsehestedt for your great inventions.

I have saved all XML files in compressed zip folder to upload ,XML folder , please see attached herewith.Are they correct?
I want all these files, to choose as options 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6, 7 while booting usb of Windows 11.
May I have such options while booting usb of Windows 11? Rename as autounattend.xml is also required before booting.
Please neglect my questions if not necessary to answer.
Thanks again @hsehestedt .
Thank you, Ramesh. You are too kind.

I won't get a chance to look at the attached files until tomorrow (Thursday), but I promise to do so.

As for the options while booting, it's funny that you should mention that...

Ramesh, I know that it was you who previously commented on my little project, WIM Tools. One of the options there is to allow you to create a multi-boot disk that will allow you to select from multiple ISO images to boot from. I have just recently improved that so that it will also ask you if you want to use an answer file. It will allow you to select from the list of available answer files in addition to selecting the ISO image to boot.

I plan to post that update to GitHub tomorrow. I have a few enhancements and fixes that I will be rolling out.

However, I also realize that some people may want to have the ultimate in no-frills and just have this implemented as batch files, especially since my program sometimes gets flagged incorrectly by antivirus software since it is not signed. I'll be working on that over the coming days as well, but it may take me a week or so to have this fully baked.

Before the comments come flooding in, yes, I am fully aware of programs such as Ventoy. For me, I do this largely as a learning exercise, and believe me, I have learned a lot doing this. I'm just curious to see if I can accomplish these sorts of tasks myself without third-party utilities. It's really an exercise to challenge myself to see if I can figure out how to do these things on my own.

So, look for a response from me tomorrow, and another when I have the batch files all worked out.

Again, thanks for your comments. As my title indicated, I realize that this has a very limited audience, but you've made my day knowing that at least one other fellow nerd out there shares some of these interests :-).
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1 Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor
Thank you, Ramesh. You are too kind.

I won't get a chance to look at the attached files until tomorrow (Thursday), but I promise to do so.

As for the options while booting, it's funny that you should mention that...

Ramesh, I know that it was you who previously commented on my little project, WIM Tools. One of the options there is to allow you to create a multi-boot disk that will allow you to select from multiple ISO images to boot from. I have just recently improved that so that it will also ask you if you want to use an answer file. It will allow you to select from the list of available answer files in addition to selecting the ISO image to boot.

I plan to post that update to GitHub tomorrow. I have a few enhancements and fixes that I will be rolling out.

However, I also realize that some people may want to have the ultimate in no-frills and just have this implemented as batch files, especially since my program sometimes gets flagged incorrectly by antivirus software since it is not signed. I'll be working on that over the coming days as well, but it may take me a week or so to have this fully baked.

Before the comments come flooding in, yes, I am fully aware of programs such as Ventoy. For me, I do this largely as a learning exercise, and believe me, I have learned a lot doing this. I'm just curious to see if I can accomplish these sorts of tasks myself without third-party utilities. It's really an exercise to challenge myself to see if I can figure out how to do these things on my own.

So, look for a response from me tomorrow, and another when I have the batch files all worked out.

Again, thanks for your comments. As my title indicated, I realize that this has a very limited audience, but you've made my day knowing that at least one other fellow nerd out there shares some of these interests :-).
Thanks for your quick response @hsehestedt .
Please take your own time.
Please publish the link for me if you work on this in future.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Window 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASSEMMBLED
    CPU
    Intel Pentium CPU G620@ 2.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    DAICHI
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Onboard
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba HDD 1 TB
    Keyboard
    Mechanical
    Mouse
    Mechanical
    Internet Speed
    700 kb/s
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE, CHROME
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
Thank you for sharing this.

I really love your work and this forum.
Everything is described that good that even me can understand it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 5700X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite V2
    Memory
    2 x 16 GB DDR 4 - 3200 - G.Skill RipJaws V
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4070
    Sound Card
    OnBoard Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Dell S2721DGF
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440 @ 165 MHZ
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Kingston KC3000 M.2PCIe 4.0
    PSU
    be quiet! Pure Power 12 M Modular 80+ Gold
    Case
    Phanteks Eclipse P600s
    Cooling
    be quit! Dark Rock Pro 4
    Keyboard
    Logitech G213 Prodigy
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 Hero
    Internet Speed
    1000 MBit Cable DSL
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1 Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor
Thank you very much @hsehestedt for new version of WIM-TOOLS v 22.3.0.260
1. I made bootable usb by option 5 (Make or update a bootable drive from one or more Windows/WinPE/WinRE ISO images).
2. It created two partitions by default, offering choice to make 1 or 2 more partitions.
3. I put Windows11 v 23H2 iso of build 22631.2715 in folder ISO Images on second partition.
4. I have to bypass Windows 11 minimum requirement,(to carry out manual installation) , so I used answer file number 5 labelled "No unattended Installation, Bypass Win 11 Requirements Only" from Answer Files folder ,on booting from usb prepared by this tool. I typed 5 in choice when asked by tool.
5. Mounting, copying and dismounting took place for 15 minutes in my case. Faster usb will be ready more quickly.
(Please see images attached herewith)
6. On completion I restarted the pc and manual installation started , setup started, bypassing minimum requirements of Windows 11.
7. Selection of disk/partition appeared. No problem uptill now.
(Please note , I copied all 7 answer files from XML Folder as attached above and also herewith,and pasted them in Answer Files folder on second partition, created by tool.They are in full description mode to make us easy to choose among them according to our needs. Rest work is done automatically by this tool.)
8. There are 3 " No unattended " , 3 "Fully Unattended" and 1 "Unattended" XML files.
9. Be careful to input correct number. Serial numbers of answer files may vary from user to user depending upon need.
Thanks @hsehestedt for giving such important tool.
 

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Window 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASSEMMBLED
    CPU
    Intel Pentium CPU G620@ 2.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    DAICHI
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Onboard
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba HDD 1 TB
    Keyboard
    Mechanical
    Mouse
    Mechanical
    Internet Speed
    700 kb/s
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE, CHROME
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
Thank you very much @hsehestedt for new version of WIM-TOOLS v 22.3.0.260
1. I made bootable usb by option 5 (Make or update a bootable drive from one or more Windows/WinPE/WinRE ISO images).
2. It created two partitions by default, offering choice to make 1 or 2 more partitions.
3. I put Windows11 v 23H2 iso of build 22631.2715 in folder ISO Images on second partition.
4. I have to bypass Windows 11 minimum requirement,(to carry out manual installation) , so I used answer file number 5 labelled "No unattended Installation, Bypass Win 11 Requirements Only" from Answer Files folder ,on booting from usb prepared by this tool. I typed 5 in choice when asked by tool.
5. Mounting, copying and dismounting took place for 15 minutes in my case. Faster usb will be ready more quickly.
(Please see images attached herewith)
6. On completion I restarted the pc and manual installation started , setup started, bypassing minimum requirements of Windows 11.
7. Selection of disk/partition appeared. No problem uptill now.
(Please note , I copied all 7 answer files from XML Folder as attached above and also herewith,and pasted them in Answer Files folder on second partition, created by tool.They are in full description mode to make us easy to choose among them according to our needs. Rest work is done automatically by this tool.)
8. There are 3 " No unattended " , 3 "Fully Unattended" and 1 "Unattended" XML files.
9. Be careful to input correct number. Serial numbers of answer files may vary from user to user depending upon need.
Thanks @hsehestedt for giving such important tool.
Thanks, Ramesh. BTW, the batch file version is already done. I was able to complete it far faster than I expected. I'll post it here tomorrow. I just want to hammer on it some more to test it.

Note that the batch file version won't have all the same features. For example, it won't create additional partitions or support BitLocker but it's very simple to use and needs no third-party tools whatsoever.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1 Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor
Thanks, Ramesh. BTW, the batch file version is already done. I was able to complete it far faster than I expected. I'll post it here tomorrow. I just want to hammer on it some more to test it.

Note that the batch file version won't have all the same features. For example, it won't create additional partitions or support BitLocker but it's very simple to use and needs no third-party tools whatsoever.
Welcome @hsehestedt .
This tool works on install.wim. But you have given option to convert install.esd to install.wim. I used that option from your tool to convert install.esd of Windows 11 v 23H2 iso build 23631.2715 created by Media Creation Tool downloaded from Microsoft website,to install.wim.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Window 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASSEMMBLED
    CPU
    Intel Pentium CPU G620@ 2.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    DAICHI
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Onboard
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba HDD 1 TB
    Keyboard
    Mechanical
    Mouse
    Mechanical
    Internet Speed
    700 kb/s
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE, CHROME
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 [22621.3155]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC12WSHi7
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P, 2100 MHz
    Motherboard
    NUC12WSBi7
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    built-in Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3219Q
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 990 PRO 1TB
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry MX Clears
  • Operating System
    Linux Mint 21.2 (Cinnamon)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC8i5BEH
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8259U CPU @ 2.30GHz
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Iris Plus 655
    Keyboard
    CODE 104-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Clear

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1 Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor
Okay, the new release of WIM Tools is now available on GitHub,

I hope it is ok to post here. The Main Topic is about autounattend.xml

I tryed that tool to see how you handle that multiboot usb stick.

I ran into following error(s).

Wim Tools (run as admin)
selected: 5.) Make or update a bootable drive from one or more Windows / WinPE / WinRE ISO images
selected: 2.) Create or refresh boot media to allow booting from an unlimited numer of ISO images
selected: 1.) WIPE DISK

ERROR MSG POPUP:
"Unhandled Error #53 - Wim Tools....
Line: 14691 (in main module)
File not found
Continue ?

If I click "yes" to continue I get Discs listed
now I choose disc 3 (USB Stick, actual 2 Partitions)
"Invalid Disk Selected!"
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 5700X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite V2
    Memory
    2 x 16 GB DDR 4 - 3200 - G.Skill RipJaws V
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4070
    Sound Card
    OnBoard Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Dell S2721DGF
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440 @ 165 MHZ
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Kingston KC3000 M.2PCIe 4.0
    PSU
    be quiet! Pure Power 12 M Modular 80+ Gold
    Case
    Phanteks Eclipse P600s
    Cooling
    be quit! Dark Rock Pro 4
    Keyboard
    Logitech G213 Prodigy
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 Hero
    Internet Speed
    1000 MBit Cable DSL
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
I hope it is ok to post here. The Main Topic is about autounattend.xml

I tryed that tool to see how you handle that multiboot usb stick.

I ran into following error(s).

Wim Tools (run as admin)
selected: 5.) Make or update a bootable drive from one or more Windows / WinPE / WinRE ISO images
selected: 2.) Create or refresh boot media to allow booting from an unlimited numer of ISO images
selected: 1.) WIPE DISK

ERROR MSG POPUP:
"Unhandled Error #53 - Wim Tools....
Line: 14691 (in main module)
File not found
Continue ?

If I click "yes" to continue I get Discs listed
now I choose disc 3 (USB Stick, actual 2 Partitions)
"Invalid Disk Selected!"
Hello @adu78
1. Install Deployment Tools and ADK Pe addons before running this tool as administrator.
2. Convert install.esd (if Iso is created by MCT) to install.wim by using
option given in tool.
3. Select correct usb drive. Let the tool make partitions.
4. Now place this converted iso image of Windows 11 in Iso Images folder
on second partition.
5. If this does not work , wait for suggestions from @hsehestedt .
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Window 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASSEMMBLED
    CPU
    Intel Pentium CPU G620@ 2.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    DAICHI
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Onboard
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba HDD 1 TB
    Keyboard
    Mechanical
    Mouse
    Mechanical
    Internet Speed
    700 kb/s
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE, CHROME
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
@Ramesh Sharma

Thank you for your answer.
ADK + Addons are installed.
Correct USB is choosen.
The first error appears before the drive-list popups.

Update:
Tryed it in a Virtual Box and on my Laptop.
Same error.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 5700X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite V2
    Memory
    2 x 16 GB DDR 4 - 3200 - G.Skill RipJaws V
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4070
    Sound Card
    OnBoard Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Dell S2721DGF
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440 @ 165 MHZ
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Kingston KC3000 M.2PCIe 4.0
    PSU
    be quiet! Pure Power 12 M Modular 80+ Gold
    Case
    Phanteks Eclipse P600s
    Cooling
    be quit! Dark Rock Pro 4
    Keyboard
    Logitech G213 Prodigy
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 Hero
    Internet Speed
    1000 MBit Cable DSL
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
@Ramesh Sharma

Thank you for your answer.
ADK + Addons are installed.
Correct USB is choosen.
The first error appears before the drive-list popups.

Update:
Tryed it in a Virtual Box and on my Laptop.
Same error.
Is Windows 11 iso downloaded from Microsoft website by Media Creation Tool? If yes, then it has install.esd , so convert it to install.wim by option given in tool. There is program help option ,last one.
Download the tool from GitHub link given by @hsehestedt .
Try other usb port , or replace with other usb.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Window 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASSEMMBLED
    CPU
    Intel Pentium CPU G620@ 2.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    DAICHI
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Onboard
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba HDD 1 TB
    Keyboard
    Mechanical
    Mouse
    Mechanical
    Internet Speed
    700 kb/s
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE, CHROME
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
That all is before I choose an .iso or something. It is in the part where you "format" the USB Drive and even before Drives are listed.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Ryzen 7 5700X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite V2
    Memory
    2 x 16 GB DDR 4 - 3200 - G.Skill RipJaws V
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4070
    Sound Card
    OnBoard Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Dell S2721DGF
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440 @ 165 MHZ
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Kingston KC3000 M.2PCIe 4.0
    PSU
    be quiet! Pure Power 12 M Modular 80+ Gold
    Case
    Phanteks Eclipse P600s
    Cooling
    be quit! Dark Rock Pro 4
    Keyboard
    Logitech G213 Prodigy
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 Hero
    Internet Speed
    1000 MBit Cable DSL
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
That all is before I choose an .iso or something. It is in the part where you "format" the USB Drive and even before Drives are listed.
Hello @adu78 .
I think some updates of Windows 11 v 23H2 build 22631.2715 are obstructing preparation of multi purpose usb of WIM-TOOLS v 22.3.0.260 by @hsehestedt . Windows 11 v 23H2 build 22631.2506 is suitable for this project. I prepared bootable usb on this copy of Windows 11 v 23H2 build 22631.2506 So I personally believe that Windows 11 v 23H2 build 22631.2428 iso should be downloaded from Microsoft website without using Media Creation Tool. This Windows iso has install.wim which includes 11 editions to install.
Windows kit ADK and pe add on are to be necessarily installed in Windows 11 v 23H2 build 22631.2428,2506 and 2715.
Now I have another bootable usb for Windows 11 prepared by this tool including Answer Files folder.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Window 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASSEMMBLED
    CPU
    Intel Pentium CPU G620@ 2.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    DAICHI
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Onboard
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba HDD 1 TB
    Keyboard
    Mechanical
    Mouse
    Mechanical
    Internet Speed
    700 kb/s
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE, CHROME
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
This is going to make things fun. Being able to pre-install things like that via .ISO? Makes for easier VM setup, too.

That's for the script, @hsehestedt and the followup questions and answers @Ramesh Sharma
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    NZXT KRAKEN Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (3x 120 mm push top) + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
  • Operating System
    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
@hsehestedt , I am very much thankful to you for this tool I request you to make this tool commercial (not for members and guests visiting this forum,please). But I must share my a few hours effort to make another bootable usb by your tool ,after having read @adu78 posts.
1. I immediately prepared bootable usb by your invented tool WIM-TOOLS v 22.3.260. I successfully booted it, no problem.
2. After preparing the bootable usb , I clicked check for updates. This installed some updates. I do not know details of update files.
3. Having read post by @adu78, I tried to make another usb by your tool, on same Windows 11 v23H2 build 22631.2715
4. After listing disks, I selected this blank usb to make bootable, including folder Answer Files.
5. I found screen copying win pe files to first partition, but with error Access denied messages. The whole process was fast, and when I clicked the first partition, it was empty. No copying took place.
6. Windows 11 v23H2 build 22631.2715, after windows update, failed to create bootable usb which I plugged in, I did not find any other issue causing this failure. Experts like you can diagnose this failure.
7. Since my pc has 4 more partitions , one of them running Windows 11 v 23H2 build 22631.2506 which I installed using iso of build 22631.2428 , iso medium created without Media Creation Tool. It has install.wim with 11 editions. I installed windows deployment tool and pe add on.
8. This Windows 11 v23H2 build 22631.2506 successfully completed bootable usb creation with Answer Files folder. Then I copied 7 answer files to this folder with description mode , as seen in image attached above post.
I right click Cofig_UFD to cofigure windows iso to select and boot from.On selection of desired Windows 11 iso, It displayed all 7 Answer Files option including option to exclude Answer Files. I typed option 5 in my case to bypass Windows 11 minimum requirements.
Exclude Answer Files has first option as "0".
9. So now I have two bootable usb , one created on Windows 11 v 23H2 build 22631.2715, and other created on Windows 11 v 23H2 build 22631.2506
10. Thanks for reading my post and sharing your important time. I apologise for any mistakes.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Window 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASSEMMBLED
    CPU
    Intel Pentium CPU G620@ 2.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    DAICHI
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Onboard
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba HDD 1 TB
    Keyboard
    Mechanical
    Mouse
    Mechanical
    Internet Speed
    700 kb/s
    Browser
    Microsoft EDGE, CHROME
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender

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