I need help with 2 things please. USB Boot files and Search Issue

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  1. Posts : 52
    Win 10
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    I know TC but what I meant was I'm going to use a different method to get boot files on the USB :)

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  2. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    BiggyJ said: View Post
    I know TC but what I meant was I'm going to use a different method to get boot files on the USB :)

    I see. Be aware, and you will be advised how to handle, but if any of the files exceed 4GB, Fat32 will balk and not allow a copy. You'll be advised to use a list of Diskpart commands and some finagling, but it should be ok. Still my opinion no matter how you get anything on the thumb, F11 is gonna do the same. But, we'll see.

    Best of luck.
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  3. Posts : 52
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    Thread Starter

    Thank you TC...

    Post update in the AM.

    And thank you LC and all the others. I was an E6 Photog back in the day :)

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  4. Kyhi's Avatar
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    When you press F11 - you should be presented with 2 options to Boot from that USB
    Those options will depend on how your BIOS is setup...
    If you have Legacy / CSM support enabled and/or Secure Boot Enabled...
    so depend on BIOS Legacy Settings and if USB Partition is set to active - you should see a Boot Menu Entry in Legacy mode
    and you should also see a Boot Menu Entry for USB-UEFI
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  5. Posts : 52
    Win 10
    Thread Starter

    OK guys... sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

    I decided to just reinstall Win10 but could not use built in recover/restore.
    Actually partition table was screwed so I created a new one which is fine.

    I created a Win10 USB install drive and have commenced installing from it
    but have an issue.

    I used PassGet to get the OEM product key that the computer was using but
    Windows Install will not accept it. Just says product key did not work to try

    It was a Windows 8 computer when she got it so the product key was originally
    for Windows 8. Could that be the issue?

    Or possibly it can't connect to internet?

    Thanks for everything again,
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  6. Ztruker's Avatar
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    I Windows 10 was previously installed then when you get to that point, just click on I don't have a key. Once the install completes it will activate with the digital license stored on the Microsoft server. Even if that failed, if the PC came with Windows 8 then the original key will be embedded in firmware.

    Use ShowKeyPlus, see what it says if necessary. Shouldn't be though.
    You can also just download ShowKeyPlus and run it instead of downloading and installing it from the MS Store.
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  7. Posts : 52
    Win 10
    Thread Starter

    I already had it...

    But I did click on "I don't have a key"

    Windows would not install. Guess drive was bad.

    Switching drives now.

    Thanks zTrucker,
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  8. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 1903 18362.295

    You're welcome, good luck.
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  9. Posts : 52
    Win 10
    Thread Starter

    Well... I'm starting to get really pissy now.

    So when I tried to install Win10 from the "Create Media Disk" (USB) on Microsoft's website, It got so far and said it could not install because of a corruped install file.

    OK... no big deal.

    I opened a brand new 32g USB stick and also dug out a new UNUSED 500g hard drive.

    Created a new install disk on MS's website and preceded to do another install.
    (HD Partition uses GPT)

    Low and behold if I did not get the SAME EXACT THING. Corrupt install file. (so the install says)

    Any ideas guys?

    Thank you,

    PS - Maybe next I will switch USB ports and try again :)
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  10. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    It sounds a bit as it you're trying to install to an existing partition:
    (HD Partition uses GPT)
    A clean install is to unallocated space.

    I suggest you post screenshots/photos to demonstrate how you create the bootable USB drive and key choices on installing.
    Note: you can choose not to accept updates as part of the installation procedure to simplify this, should you get so far.

    First see
    Clean Install Windows 10
    and check you've done the appropriate thing - e.g. steps 11-14
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