Windows 10 customisation guide: Part 1

Welcome to this guide, my aspiring tech enthusiasts. Today, I'm going to show you, from start to finish, how you can customize a Windows 10 ISO image. In this very first part, we're going to talk about getting started and I'll tell you about the tools we'll be using.


You are responsible what you do with your windows installation! Things can break and neither myself or Fireseed will be held responsible for damage to your windows installation! After you modify the windows ISO, please, for your computer's health and safety, first test it in a virtual machine. Thank you!

getting started

Now then! with that warning out of the way, let's get to the cool stuff. First of all, you will need to download the following utilities.

Finally, you need a Windows ISO. For this, you can use the media creation tool to get one directly from Microsoft themselves. You will also need an archival tool like 7zip to extract the ISO, the win toolkit zip file and the Win Reducer zip file. Once these files are extracted:
  1. open up the win reducer converter.
  2. click open and navigate to a file called install.esd in the sources folder of your extracted ISO.
  3. Once win reducer loads the ISO, choose the esd>wimradio button and click convert.
Once done, open up win toolkit! For this guide, I'm going to show you how to use the component removal feature.
  1. Using the tab control, navigate to advanced and select component removal.
  2. Next, using the tool strip, press select, then hit enter on the windows addition of your choice.
  3. Now, tab to the components list and check what evre you want removed. A word of warning, don't remove anything which is not in a category, as doing so can break your windows install.
  4. Once your done, press tab to the tool strip and select remove components. Select yes to remove them.
  5. now that that's done, hit alt f4 and select to save changes and unmount the ISO.
That's it for this part of the guide! don't worry, I'll be showing you much more, so make sure you stay tuned! Until next time, happy customizing!