1.    30 Apr 2016 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 8
    Win 10

    My HP Desktop will not boot from purchased Win 10 Flash Drive

    I currently have Win 7 Home Premium on my HP Desktop. My BIOS has 4 options for booting: Hard Drive; DVD; Floppy (which it says is not installed); and Network (which it says is not installed).

    The Win 7 on my Desktop is a legit purchased copy. I want to do a 'clean install' with my purchased Win 10 Flash Drive. It worked just fine on my laptop, but it will not boot on my Desktop.

    Is my only solution to download the 'media creation tool' create an ISO file on a DVD?

    I really want to use my purchased flash drive. Can anyone help me?
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  2.    30 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,130
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    You may need to give some specs for this HP Desktop. Your System specs state Dell Laptop.

    Plug in flash drive.
    Switch on, and enter BIOS setup
    Go to boot options and hard drives.
    At some point before next reboot, remove any CDs/DVDs if present.

    Is your Flash drive in there as a hard drive? - if so, move it in the list to first boot drive, make sure boot order is to boot from hard drive, save settings and reboot, following on screen directions for USB boot.

    If not, a boot manager such as Plop boot manager can be installed to give a boot menu to boot from selected sources, such as USB. This boot manager can also be found in EasyBCD.
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  3.    30 Apr 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2014
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    All kinds

    Some BIOS versions may further divide BOOT from USB to Floppy/CD/HDD type. In that case "As USB-HDD" should be used.
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  4.    30 Apr 2016 #4

    Hi there

    Note - some machines won't show a USB device in the BIOS unless it's connected at boot -- and sometimes you might need to insert into a USB2 not USB3 slot (not always though). This can be because some machines don't have a USB 3 driver in BIOS but need that to be loaded by the OS.

    Usually a 100% solution is to use media creation tool from MS - create an ISO --just follow the on screen instructions (don't write to a physical DVD) and then use RUFUS to create a BOOTABLE USB drive. Here's the link to RUFUS -- Free and incredibably useful little program.

    Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

    This method always works (at least IMO) whether or not your system is UEFI or standard (MBR). Don't forget though to disable SECURE BOOT in the BIOS if it is enabled -- might be a setting also "Allow legacy Boot" or similar.

    I know you didn't want to download - but it doesn't take too long even on slowish Internet - and you've got a decent option for when (and if) you need to re-install / repair Windows.

    IMO By far the best solution than messing around with things like Easy BCD etc. I try and keep all these 3rd party programs away from my system and just use 3rd party stuff for APPLICATIONS (Photoshop etc).

    After install either enter your W7 serial or the W10 one -- try the W7 one first -- then you will have an extra W10 licence !!! (legally !!).

    Last edited by jimbo45; 30 Apr 2016 at 03:44.
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