Question I wanna make a windows 11 installer from my preview build

HOLDMYPC

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I want to make an USB installer from the Windows 11 i have installed, and not use the media creation tool , please help me, is this possible? help me pleaseee
 

dwd999

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I've never heard of such a thing being successfully done. As part of its copy protection, Windows is specifically designed so that it will not run from a USB. That's how they make their money. Once its completely installed and running, the process can not be reversed.
 

Colif

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My answer to your win 10 question about same thing still applies. No - https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/can-i-create-a-usb-flash-drive-of-my-current-os.3716221/

An installed version of Windows cannot make an installer without a source. Clearly, for some reason, it can't use the image file it uses to rebuild itself after a reset. I don't know why.

And even more so now with Win 11 being in alpha and only available via 2 methods, Insiders is a download and UUP is many updates all merged together. Win 11 isn't finished yet so why you would want to stay on a weekly build that is missing parts still

This says its ISO, No mention of Media Creation Tool - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-insider/isos
 
I haven't looked into it but you could possibly sysprep your Windows 11 as is. There are limitations to sysprep though. Moving a syspreped (generalized) Windows 11 image to different system hardware shouldn't be a problem then. You could then deploy it via whatever PXE/DISM deployment method you are using.
Alternately, you can 'sneakernet' the image to other systems but you'll need to boot off a Windows 11 install USB to run fixboot/fixmbr to get it booting.
 

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