Windows 10: Can I create Bootable USB for Win 10 from another computer?

  1.    03 Jan 2016 #1

    Can I create Bootable USB for Win 10 from another computer?

    Had tried to update the BIOS on my son's Alienware Aurora R4 so that we could install an upgraded graphics card (980 Ti).

    Used the Dell Support site - and was upgrading from Bios 7 to Bios 9 - would eventually go up to current version 11 before swapping GPU.

    Followed all the steps on the Dell site - but afterwards - it acts like my hard drive has died (doubting this - have fairly new Samsung 512GB SSD as the only hard drive).

    Computer boots into Bios now - but says "inaccessible boot device". My son had done the update from Windows 8 that came on the machine to Windows 10 - but apparently did not create a boot disk or USB drive.

    Can I create a "generic" bootable USB on another computer - WITHOUT REINSTALLING WINDOWS?? I do not want to lose info/settings on his machine if at all possible.

    Waiting on Alienware Tech support to respond - machine is about 2.5 years old and out of warranty - but hopeful they (or someone here!!) can help me.

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       03 Jan 2016 #2

    Yes you can create an installation USB from another computer. These are your recovery options ( You can try to go back to your previous OS first, if you want to try that ( However I would suggest you backup your personal files before doing anything else. If you go back to your previous OS, you can use the USB drive you created to upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 10, which may give better results.
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  3.    03 Jan 2016 #3

    Will this bootable USB re-install Windows 10 - or simply allow it to start up where I can possibly access files on the SSD? Right now I cannot get past the start-up (Bios) screens on the Alienware computer.
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  4. essenbe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       03 Jan 2016 #4

    It will allow you to install Windows 10 or do any of the recovery options. Go into BIOS and look at your Boot order. Make sure the boot device is selected properly. If you have a UEFI Bios select Windows Boot Manager, if you have an MBR install select the hard drive.

    Any Live Linux CD or USB will allow you to copy your personal files to another external hard drive. Don't install it, just run it as a test. The Live Linux runs out of ram but can see any drive attached.
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  5.    04 Jan 2016 #5

    thanks - will try later tonight.
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  6. essenbe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro Insider
       04 Jan 2016 #6

    I hope everything works out well for you.
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