Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Version 1607 Media, No Support for v1507 after March 26, 2017

Microsoft releases Windows 10 version 1607 media

Microsoft has confirmed that the original Windows 10 – version 1507 – will stop receiving patches after March 26, 2017, and that they have made Windows 10 version 1607 media available on Windows Update for Business, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and MSDN Subscriptions.

Right after Windows 10 version 1507 stops receiving support, the only two supported versions on the Current Branch (CB) and the Current Branch for Business (CBB) will be 1607 and 1511, the latter of which was released in November 2015.

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The information comes through a blog post by Nathan Mercer, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft. The post also indicates that for those who have installed the December cumulative update KB 3201845 (pushed on December 9, 2016, need not take any extra action at this point since that update is considered a CBB.

On January 26, 2017, Microsoft will release the media for Windows 10 version 1607 to the Volume Licensing Service Center. Mercer engages with a commenter on the blog, showing them how to create an ISO image for Windows 10 version 1607 from the updated media that’s already available on MSDN as of January 19. Reproduced below:

download and install Windows ADK

Run Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment and then select Run as administrator.

Create a mount directory for your Windows image (install.wim), and then mount the image.

md C:\mount\Windows
Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:”C:\Images\install.wim” /Index:1 /MountDir:C:\mount\Windows

Update your Windows images with the latest Cumulatative UpdateExample:
Dism /Add-Package /Image:C:\mount\Windows /PackagePath:C:\MSU\Windows10-KBxxxxxxx-x64.msu /LogPath:AddPackage.log

Where C:\MSU\Windows10-KBxxxxxxx-x64.msu is the Cumulatative Update you want to install.

Unmount the Windows image.
Dism /Unmount-Image /MountDir:C:\mount\Windows /Commit

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