You have two core options when it comes to creating custom Windows 10 installations. Either start from scratch by manipulating a Windows 10 ISO image directly, or modify a running system instead. MSGM Toolkit falls in the former category, as it will modify a source image and not the running system.
Note: It is highly recommended that you create a backup of the system partition before you run the program. Note that you need a Windows 10 ISO image, or a Windows 10 DVD, as this is used as the base image for the custom version.
Extract the package that is provided as a 7z archive file, and run the script in the root afterwards. The program displays an EULA on start which you need to accept to continue. Basically, what it says is that the author is not responsible for damages or issues. The application is a command line script for the most part.
MSGM Toolkit runs some scans once you hit the a-button for accept, for instance to detect the version of the operating system, and make sure the required tools are all available (stored in the MSMG Toolkit folder).
The program displays its main screen afterwards. The first thing that you need to do is select a source image or folder. You can copy the source folder of a Windows 10 installation image or DVD to the DVD\sources folder of the MSGM Toolkit folder to have that picked up for instance.
Tap on the 1 to start the source folder selection process, and select one of the available options afterwards.
Once you have set the source, you may start the customization process. The main menu items that you will use during the process are (3) integrate, (4) remove, and (5) customize.
Integrate allows you to add language packs, drivers, features, updates, and custom features to the Windows 10 installation.
You may use the remove option to cut components from the Windows 10 installation.
Customize enables you to import or export default metro application associations from and to XML files.
When you are done making the changes, you need to use the apply menu to apply the changes to the selected source.
Once that is out of the way, you may use the target menu to create a new installation medium, for instance by making a custom Windows 10 DVD ISO image, burning the ISO image to a bootable Flash drive, or burning an ISO image to DVD.
It is recommended that you test the custom Windows 10 installation media, for instance in a virtual machine, before you install it on computer systems.
MGMT Toolkit is a handy script for Windows devices to create custom Windows 10 installations from a Windows 10 ISO image or sources folder.
It enables you to make basic modifications to the installation media, for instance by removing select Windows apps, but also more advanced modifications such as adding drivers to the Windows 10 image, or removing core components.
A comparable program is NTLite. It enables you to modify a live installation, or create new custom media.
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