We all already know that the first major update for Windows 10 is just around the corner. This is so because the RTM build for Redstone 4 has already been released to Windows Insiders on both Fast and Slow rings. And some rumors and leaks from really reliable sources and even official Microsoft website point towards build 17113.1 being the RTM. These leaks have also revealed the marketing name of this release. Microsoft is calling it Windows 10 Spring Creators Update if these traces are true. We expect this update to be released very soon probably this month.
But if you are an early adapter or you don’t wish to enroll in the Windows Insider Program but at the same time get this latest offering from Microsoft there is some light for you. Thanks to Lucas (@tfwboredom) and WalkingCat (@h0x0d) for sharing the implementation of this trick. All that you need to do here is twerk some files that work along with the Media Creation Tool, and you are good to go. Now without any further delay, let’s jump right in.
Create Bootable Media for Windows 10
Talking about the prerequisites, you will need the following first before starting:
When you run the Media Creation Tool, it downloads the products.cab file in the background where lies this products.xml file.
Comparing the RS3 and RS4 XML Files
Now, check out the code for both the XML files.
<xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <MCT> <Catalogs> <Catalog version="1.1"> <PublishedMedia id="1761" release="RS3-RTM WU for MCT"> <Files> <File> ... </File> </Files> <Languages> <Language> ... </Language> </Languages> <EULAs> <EULA> ... </EULA> </EULAs> </PublishedMedia> </Catalog> </Calatogs> </MCT>
<xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <PublishedMedia id="1998" release="RS4_RTM"> <Files> <File> ... </File> </Files> <Languages> <Language> ... </Language> </Languages> <EULAs> <EULA> ... </EULA> </EULAs> </PublishedMedia>
The main difference is that in the code for RS4, the <MCT>, <Catalogs> and <Catalog> tags are not present.
Making the new XML workable with Media Creation Tool
Now, this downloaded XML file for RS4 is not fully able to be compatible with the Media Creation Tool yet. You will need to perform some tweaks in order to get it working. Without any complications, I will just give you the modified code that you can replace the existing code with. To modify, open the XML file with Notepad, Visual Studio Code or a similar text editor. And here is the code for your reference:
<xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <MCT> <Catalogs> <Catalog version="1.1"> <PublishedMedia id="1998" release="RS4_RTM"> <Files> <File> ... </File> </Files> <Languages> <Language> ... </Language> </Languages> <EULAs> <EULA> ... </EULA> </EULAs> </PublishedMedia> </Catalog> </Catalogs> </MCT>
What we basically did here is added the missing tags.
You are not completely ready to download RS4 yet. You will need to rename the modified XML file as products.xml and then move it inside the cabinet file (the file with .cab extension).
After you are done, open a command prompt window at the same location and paste the following command:
makecab products.xml products.cab
Now, you will have just to stuff the products.cab you just created using the command prompt in a folder with the MediaCreationTool.exe. All you have to do is type:
the command line. And as soon as you find the Media Creation Tool running, proceed with the standard procedure to create an installation media.
And if you do not wish to see any of this hassle, just click here to download this publicly shared modified products.cab file for RS4 and follow the procedure mentioned above. It is really simple this way.
After modification of the cabinet files, if you wish to make another media for Redston 3 or Fall Creators Update, get the correct cabinet file from here and follow the same instructions.
In case, you find an alternate method other than getting a third party ISO file, feel free to share that with us in the comments section below.