Windows 10: Backup boot disk

  1.    15 Dec 2017 #1

    Backup boot disk


    I just downloaded MediaCreateTool64.exe

    To create a Windows 10 USB startup disk.

    Everything seemed to work properly.

    I wrote down the Product key as suggested.

    But when I restarted my computer, with the startup USB in there, it just rebooted normally.

    It never asked for the Product key?

    Don Cole
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  2.    16 Dec 2017 #2

    Did you set BIOS to use USB as first boot device ?
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       16 Dec 2017 #3

    doncole said: View Post
    ...when I restarted my computer, with the startup USB in there, it just rebooted normally.
    Is this for the Toshiba C55-b in your specs? If so, restart the PC and as soon as you see the Toshiba logo screen press F12 to get the 'choose boot device' screen. If you have the USB plugged in it will be listed there.

    It actually says 'F2 to enter BIOS, F12 for Boot Manager' at the bottom of that screen, but it goes away so quick you probably haven't had time to read it.

    NB: you DON'T get the F12 option if you have fast startup turned on and do a shut down, then power up again. To be able to use F12 at boot you must do a full cold start. Either use Restart (which doesn't use fast startup) or turn off fast startup.

    (mine's a Toshiba too)
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  4.    16 Dec 2017 #4

    Thank you CountMike and Bree.

    I got It boot from the USB. A big mistake. It took some doing to get it back to normal boot.

    My guess is you shouldn't use the boot USB unless your computer won't boot at all.

    Btw I now have a Dell the Toshiba crashed. I'll update my profile later.

    Don Cole
    Last edited by doncole; 16 Dec 2017 at 23:12.
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  5.    17 Dec 2017 #5

    USB booting should not lead to a big mistake. Something else may be going on? Along with the very good advice from others in this board, I'm wondering if a local computer hardware/software guru might spend a little time with you and your computer, walking you through some trouble-shooting ideas and steps - that combination should get your computer working aok again.
    Last edited by RolandJS; 18 Dec 2017 at 09:24.
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  6.    17 Dec 2017 #6

    Consulting a manual here and there can also help. Modern computers usually have two modes to access BIOS. Full access and just temporary access for a menu of BOOT-ing devices. Changes in full access are made permanent (usually F10) while BOOT device access is temporary. Only for that one BOOT instance.
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