Installation Media Creation Tools

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YUMI

OS compatibility: Linux (Debian based), Windows

 

YUMI is an application that allows you to put multiple bootable installation and/or utility ISOs onto a single USB drive.

NOTE: It is currently only available for Windows, Linux version will hopefully be available again soon. We've also had limited success with putting multiple Windows installation ISOs onto a single drive, such as Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 ISOs onto one drive. Test the USB drive after creation (boot from it) to make sure it all worked BEFORE you try to use it to deploy Windows. Other ISOs have not been found to present similar issues.

Download it here.

Make sure you scroll down the page to the actual download button/link. There is usually an ad near the top of the page that is click-bait, and does not download the program.

NTLite

OS compatibility: Windows

 

NTLite is an incredibly useful tool for customizing Windows installation images.

It supports the following versions of Windows:

7

8

8.1

10

Server 2008 R2

Server 2012 and 2012 R2

NTLite includes far too many features and capabilities to list them all, so we've included a link to their features page, here.

Start customizing your Windows installation media by downloading NTLite here.

WHDownloader

OS compatibility: Windows

 

WHDownloader is extremely helpful when creating custom Office or Windows installation images. It lets you download updates for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and store them in their separate folders, ready to be folded into a custom image or used for controlled distribution across a network or domain. It also allows downloads of Office 2010, 2013, and 2016 update packages, and can uncompress them, allowing them to be added into Office media.

When using it, be sure to view the readme, or check out our upcoming walkthrough first.

To start your update collection, download WHDownloader from us here.

EI.CFG Removal Tool

OS compatibility: Windows

 

Used to remove the version limitation from Windows 7/8.1 ISOs. Allows Home, Pro, Ultimate, etc to be installed from a single image.

Download it here.

Windows 7 AIK

OS compatibility: Windows

 

A very useful commandline toolkit for creating and deploying custom Windows images. It can also be used to combine 32-bit and 64-bit installation ISOs. This version is for Windows 7 only.

Download it here.

Windows 8.1/10 ADK

OS compatibility: Windows

 

A very useful commandline toolkit for creating and deploying custom Windows images. It can also be used to combine 32-bit and 64-bit installation ISOs. This version is for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 only. Each has its own toolkit, and Windows 10 has several versions of its own. Make sure you download and use the correct one.

Download it here.

Advanced Tokens Manager

OS compatibility: Windows

 

An extremely helpful program to have on hand if you need to wipe a Windows PC to do a clean install, This app will pull and display your Product Key and activation, backing both up for you, so you can reapply them after reinstalling Windows.

Download Advanced Tokens Manager here.

BackupWindowsKey.vbs

OS compatibility: Windows

 

*** The new version allows you to save the file even if you've moved your User Profile to another partition or drive, which was not possible before. It works with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and should also work with Enterprise editions as well. ***

A VisualBasic script to display your Product Version, Product ID, and Product Key, for reference, verification, or backup purposes. It also asks if you'd like to save these to a file. If you answer yes, it will store them in plain text in a new text file on your Desktop, WindowsKeyInfo.txt.

When using Advanced Tokens Manager, it can be used to verify ATMs output before backing up your activation.

It's also quite handy if you've lost your installation disc and Product Key, but plan on performing a clean install.

The script is saved in a .zip file, and will need to be extracted. Just right click the .zip file, select 'Extract All'.

Download it from our ownCloud server here.