Cannot Download Windows 10 using Media Creation Tool

  1. Posts : 19
    Win 10 Pro

    Cannot Download Windows 10 using Media Creation Tool

    Hi - I downloaded the Media Creation Tool from the Microsoft Website and have run it three times in the last day to attempt to download Windows 10 production release to a blank USB. I want to try it out on an older pc before upgrading any of our everyday pc's.

    The first time I got the not very useful "Something happened" message while attempting to download both the 32 bit and the 64 bit versions. Same thing with just the 64 bit version. Both of these were with a Windows 8.1 laptop. I found a solution here .

    I then tried it with a Windows 7.1 pc with the language settings set to English(US). It seemed to be downloading fine -the last time I checked it was at 97%. Then a few minutes later the application was closed and my USB stick was still empty. No error message. Nothing except for two new folders on my C: drive, C:\$WINDOWS.~BT (5 files, 2 folders, 23.5 kb) and C:\$Windows.~WS (2036 files, 215 folders, 10.2 GB).

    It takes about 2.5 hours for each download. Can I use the files in the $Windows.~WS to copy to the USB stick to use for downloads?

    Are there any log files that might give any clue as to what is happening?

    Many thanks
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  2. bobkn's Avatar
    Posts : 2,279
    Win 10 X64 Pro 1809 17763.55

    I used the media creation tool to download an .iso, rather than going directly to a USB thumb drive. That worked fine.

    I had previously prepared a bootable USB thumb drive. I used diskpart. (Google that. Alternately there are freeware utilities that serve the same purpose.) I formatted the drive as FAT32, as needed by my UEFI motherboard.. This was on a Win 8.1 machine, so I simply mounted the .iso and copied its contents to the thumb drive. (With WIn 7, you'd need a freeware utility to mount the .iso.) I've since used the thumb drive for an install.

    No guarantees that it'll help, but the .iso download worked both times I tried it, so it must be a trend.
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  3. Robinb9's Avatar
    Posts : 215

    worked fine for me on 6 pcs and 3 laptops, only problem i am having is with cortana on my laptop, she does not talk but i do have sound working
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  4. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 8,800
    Windows 10 Pro X64 1903 18362.295

    Robinb9 said: View Post
    worked fine for me on 6 pcs and 3 laptops, only problem i am having is with cortana on my laptop, she does not talk but i do have sound working
    Have you looked at this: Cortana - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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