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I've downloaded Windows 10 Disc Image from microsoft.com recently. I mounted it using Archive Mounter in Ubuntu. And I saw just a hidden folder "." and an empty "README.TXT" file in the root.

Files screenshot

ls -aR result is

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.  .  ..  README.TXT

The disk content looks strange to me, I have not seen this before, and I think it may be some kind of protection from file browsing. Because when I try to enter "." directory I remain in the same directory. I know that "." has a special meaning: What do “.” and “..” mean when in a folder? - and this's probably a reason why I can't enter "." directory.

  • Is it really a trick from MS to hide disk internals?
  • Do you know any anti-trick? =)

SHA1: 87b7a45c8fd9f016126230399c7e3a470b2ca1da
SHA256: 3dfbd43a1163ee420464a604cd876ac3070606dd72d4abfa5f6e3f1f4f68d08e
filesize: 4.1 GB

They don't match anything on the internet, but MS MVP says:

The checksums are all over the place, you are not gonna find one thats the same to match what you downloaded.


UPD:

I've redownloaded the disk image and now its size is 4.7 GB and its checksum matches the one provided by @Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams. The above question is still actual: when the image is mounted using Archive Mounter its content looks odd, but when it's "burned" to USB I can see installation files and browse freely.

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    Did you read the other file? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Dec 25 '17 at 8:55
  • @IgnacioVazquez-Abrams, README.TXT? It's empty... – naXa Dec 25 '17 at 8:57
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    Strange. I downloaded the Windows ISO previously as well, and it shows up as expected. Is there a checksum you can verify against? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Dec 25 '17 at 8:57
  • @IgnacioVazquez-Abrams please, see the edited question – naXa Dec 25 '17 at 9:22
  • If your checksum doesn't match anything (I checked mine [Win10_1709_English_x64.iso, 1ad928cfef439f6aa4044ddc3a96b0b6830bdd0f] and got a large number of matches) then I would suspect that the image is broken. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Dec 25 '17 at 9:25

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