Windows 10: Clean Install of Windows 10
I would install MiniTool Partition Wizard and use that to examine the USB flash drive. You will want to delete all partitions on the flash drive, make sure it is set for MBR type partitioning, and create 1 FAT32, primary partition on it. You will also want to right click on the new partition and click "Set Active." Make sure to click the apply button in MiniTool Partition Wizard.
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After doing the above, the Media Creation Tool should see the USB flash drive. You say you have the Media Creation Tool downloaded and Windows. Is the Windows that you have downloaded the ISO file that the latest Media Creation Tool just downloaded? If it is, then you do not need to download another copy of Windows just to make the USB flash drive. Just right click on the Windows ISO file, select Mount. A new virtual DVD drive will open, with it's own drive letter. Copy all the files and folders from the virtual DVD drive to the USB flash drive. That will recreate it for you without having to download a whole new Windows 10 at 3.5 GB every time you download it.
Hi again, thanks for being so helpful. This morning I downloaded the Media Creation Tool and it seems that the Windows file also came with it. I then went back to the Microsoft site and downloaded just the ISO File.
Hopefully you will be able to see the image that I have attached below which shows what I have in my 'Download' file at the moment. You will see that the ISO file that I downloaded is bigger than the one that came with the Media Creation Tool.
I have formatted the USB drive and so there is nothing on it at the moment but the system still isn't seeing it.
Is it plugged into a black USB 2.0 port and not a blue USB 3.0 port? What part of "the system" still isn't seeing it? If it just isn't showing up in file explorer - that was probably my mistake, go back to MiniTool Partition Wizard or disk management and right click on the partition on the USB flash drive and assign a drive letter to it. Again, don't forget to click apply.
The USB is showing as drive M in file explorer but, when I run the media tool it then says it can't find the USB stick.
Should I be transferring the ISO from the download file to the USB stick first?
If you have the ISO file, there is no need to run the Media Creation Tool. The main purpose of the Media Creation Tool is to download the ISO file.
OK so if I just use the ISO file, what is the best way to get it on to the USB stick, can I just copy and paste it? Once I have done that, presumably I can just boot from the USB and install as normal.
I think that I need to download WinZip or similar first don't I?
You could download 7-zip its free program and works very well. Lots of us use it.
PLEASE WAIT! I have posted how to do it twice now! Why not just try to follow the directions already posted? Bluenose1940 lists his operating system as Windows 8.1. In his OP he states that he clean installed Windows 10 and wants to do it again. Whether he has Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, both of those operating systems have ISO mounting built in. There is no need to use an external program!
You don't copy over the ISO file. You don't need any third party program. Why not just follow the instructions I have posted twice now? Here it is a THIRD time!
Sorry NavyLCDR, I have tried to follow that instruction a couple of times but when I right click on the ISO file I do not have the option to click on MOUNT
Here is what I get with a right click
Run as administrator
Scan with defender
]Scan with Malwarebytes
Try using this link to restore your mount option
Mount Context Menu - Add or Remove in Windows 10
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