cannot install Windows - driver missing

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  1. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 1809
       #21

    Tony K said:
    Getting the same message I see. Leads me to believe it's the thumb rather than anything. Not sure. Try burning a DVD.
    I agree that the problem might be the thumb drive. I've found that a lot of older systems that only have USB 2.0 (like this one does) can run into this problem when installing from some USB 3.0 thumb drives. Try a USB 2.0 thumb drive and see if that fixes the problem
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  2. Posts : 17,347
    Windows 11 Pro
       #22

    @djrobison22,

    You are being led down an incorrect path for your legacy BIOS computer with all this talk about RUFUS and GPT and Kari's method of creating partitions. You probably have a bad installation flash drive. I would suggest you start with a brand new, USB 2.0 flash drive, anywhere from 8gb to 32gb in size. Use Microsoft's own Media Creation Tool to create a new Windows 10 installation flash drive from scratch:
    Download Windows 10

    If you really want to save the ISO file, then do that, but you don't need Rufus to create the flash drive. Insert the flash drive, open a command prompt and run:
    diskpart (then say yes to the administrator prompt if one appears)
    list disk
    select disk # (replace # with the actual number of the USB flash drive)
    clean (this will erase the selected drive - make sure you select the USB flash drive above!)
    create part pri
    format fs=fat32 quick
    active
    exit
    exit

    Now mount the newly downloaded Windows 10 ISO file and copy all the files and folders from the mounted ISO file to the USB flash drive.

    Boot the laptop from the USB flash drive. At the very first screen, press shift+F10. In the command prompt window run:
    diskpart
    select disk 0
    clean
    exit
    exit

    Now you should be able to continue installing Windows 10 in legacy BIOS mode to the now MBR type hard drive. Don't create any partitions manually.

    NOTE: if you are using a Windows 7 computer to make the USB flash drive on, then you need a program such as WinCDEmu to mount the ISO file:
    WinCDEmu - the easiest way to mount an ISO. And more...

    Windows 8 and Windows 10 will mount ISO files directly in Windows explorer.
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