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How to create an Installation DVD or USB for Windows Insider build

Technical Level : Basic

Summary

Revised January , 20th 2017 - Build 15025 and 15042 are now available

Both builds are available as a .ISO file download (see step #1 below)

Details

1) Use the link listed below download the appropriate .ISO file using the steps listed below.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewiso

2) Start by selecting an edition where you will see the most current Insider ISO builds and editions listed for multiple languages in both 32 and 64Bit versions.


Select Advanced

Next select the edition:

3) Confirm your selection.

4) Select your language preference.

Current list of languages

5) Confirm your language selection.

6) Choose either the 32 or 64Bit .ISO

Activation

Product key: 

You will need to install the Windows 10 Insider Preview build on a device that has been previously activated with Windows 7/ 8.1 or with a Windows 10 product key. For more details please see the article: Activation in Windows 10. If you don't have a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 installed, an alternative is to download the Windows 10 Enterprise 90 day trial,  (Use Disk Management to shrink your existing Windows 7 / 8.1 or 10 partition), and install Enterprise on the new partition or unallocated space, activate it, then join the Windows 10 Insider Program.

Hash Code Values:

English (United States)                               File Size                                                   Hash Code Value

Windows 10 Insider Preview (x64)   Build 15042 ISO File size (4.221 GB) 6a95316728299d95249a29fbeb9676ded23b8beb
Windows 10 Insider Preview (x86)   Build 15042 ISO File size (3.146 GB) 93bab89b44f168fcd921f2acef1c92f21865f20e

English (United Kingdom)

Windows 10 Insider Preview (x64)   Build 15042 ISO File size (4.226 GB) 12fb5c164e62ef839e0e03257a3f5230ba819dfb
Windows 10 Insider Preview (x86)   Build 15042 ISO file size (3.151 GB) 5eb63b0a79ac8ea77ead24b8bbd717a4ced8f737

7) After downloading the correct .iso file install HashCalc and validate the SHA1 hash value listed above is correct.

HashCalc: http://www.slavasoft.com/hashcalc/index.htm

(Note: If the download is not corrupt, the value HashCalc returns will match the SHA1 value.)

a) Launch HashCalc and navigate to the location of the .iso file you downloaded.

(The default download location is: C:\Users\User account name\Downloads)

b) Remove all check marks from the list of HashCalc options except for SHA1.

c) Click the ‘Calculate’ button and wait for the SHA1 string of letters and number to be displayed.

Note: The hash value is not case sensitive as upper and lower case letters are considered the same.

8) Next use ImgBurn (or Gear ISO) to create a bootable DVD.

ImgBurn: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/imgburn.html

Note: When installing ImgBurn, choose the “Custom Installation (advanced)” option and remove the check mark(s) to eliminate unwanted options, including Optimizer Pro (I do not accept) which is not needed.

Burning ISO Images with ImgBurn article: http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/G/Burning+ISO+Images+with+ImgBurn

(The steps are the same for Windows 7, Windows 8 or 10), except you are not creating a Repair disc but a full installation DVD)

Note: Always use high quality DVD+R media and the slowest burn speed (4x or 6x) if offered a choice.

Note: Skip to step #4 to create a bootable Flash / Thumb drive.

9) For instructions on creating a bootable USB Flash drive to install Windows 7, 8 or 10:

Read: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2432-usb-windows-7-installation-key-drive-create.html

Or: http://arstechnica.com/business/2009/12/the-usb-flash-drive/

Optional software to create a Bootable Windows 7 or Windows 10 DVD

Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/977640

Rufus: https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Article Reference: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-iso

Other Wiki's you may find useful:

Complete list of Windows Insider build numbers, what happens when a build reaches its expiration date and Creators Update release date

Windows 10 - What type of product key do I have?

How to extend the 30 day limit to go back to your previous version of Windows

How to dual boot Windows 10 and Windows 7

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