Windows 10 Image capture


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May 18, 2022
Hi, when I do a capture image with cmd, create an iso and then install, Windows create 2 folders on the C drive. $WINDOWS.~BT & $WINDOWS.~LS. Can I prevent this?

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When running the installation process for Windows using Capture Image with CMD, it's expected behavior for two folders, $WINDOWS.~BT and $WINDOWS.~LS, to be created on the C drive. These folders are related to the installation process and play specific roles during Windows installation. However, if you wish to prevent these folders from being created on the C drive, there are a few considerations:

### Possible Solutions:
1. Adjust Capture Image Configuration:
- Review the configuration settings applied during the capture process.
- Explore advanced options or command-line parameters that might influence where these folders are stored during installation.

2. Custom Installation Process:
- Develop a custom installation process that instructs Windows to create these temporary folders elsewhere.
- This usually requires scripting or using specific tools to automate the installation process and control folder creation locations.

3. Install to Different Drive:
- If possible, consider altering the installation path to a different drive where these folders won't interfere with the C drive.

4. Modify Installation Scripts:
- Adjust the installation scripts or batch files used during the capture image and deployment process to direct temporary folders elsewhere.

5. Use Deployment Tools:
- Explore deployment tools such as Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) or System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) that offer more granular control over the installation process.

### Recommendations:
  • Backup System: Before making any changes, ensure you have a backup of your system in case there are unexpected outcomes.
  • Testing Environment: Test any modifications in a controlled testing environment to verify their impact on the installation process.
  • Professional Assistance: For intricate configuration changes, consider reaching out to IT professionals or Microsoft support for tailored guidance.

By customizing the Windows deployment process and tweaking configuration settings, you may be able to direct temporary folders created during installation to alternative locations.