Windows 10: Install gone BAD! Can't boot to USB anymore to install Win 10 fresh

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  1.    07 May 2018 #1

    Install gone BAD! Can't boot to USB anymore to install Win 10 fresh


    A friend gave me a PC with 2 internal hard drives, one being partitioned. I purchased a brand new Win 10 Pro license and want a clean start. I downloaded Win 10 to my USB jump drive and rebooted. I was unable to install due to "the selected disk has an MBR partition table". So, I found this youtube video: Windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk has an MBR partition table - YouTube

    I followed the instructions, namely....
    Ran "diskpart"
    Selected each disk, 1 and 2
    Did a "clean" for each
    Did "convert GPT" for each

    Now when I reboot I can't even boot to the USB drive anymore. Some errors on the black screen....

    For Atheros PCIE Ethernet Controller v2.1.1.3
    Check cable connection!
    PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE Rom.
    Reboot and Select proper Boot device
    or insert boot media in selected Boot device and press a key

    I made sure my USB drive (with Win 10 installer) is in and hit a key. Same error.

    I rebooted and went to boot menu and made sure USB was set for first boot sequence.

    I'm not sure what to do at this point. I can't boot off my USB drive anymore so that I can run my Win 10 free install!

    My goal:


    • Remove any partitions that were created in the past
    • Boot to USB install drive
    • Install Win 10 on my SSD drive


    Can you help???
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  2. Posts : 19,960
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       07 May 2018 #2

    Open the BIOS.

    Try UEFI Hybrid (wih CSM) and UEFI Native (without CSM)
    Try turning off secure boot.

    These are tutorials that may help with the booting:

    Enable or Disable Secure Boot on Windows 10 PC:
    Enable or Disable Secure Boot on Windows 10 PC | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials:
    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC | Windows 10 Tutorials

    How to Enable Fast Boot or Ultra Fast Boot in UEFI Firmware Settings for Windows:
    Enable or Disable Fast Boot in UEFI Firmware Settings for Windows | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Clean Install Windows 10:
    Clean Install Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  3.    07 May 2018 #3

    zbook said: View Post
    Open the BIOS.

    Try UEFI Hybrid (wih CSM) and UEFI Native (without CSM)
    Try turning off secure boot.

    These are tutorials that may help with the booting:

    Enable or Disable Secure Boot on Windows 10 PC:
    Enable or Disable Secure Boot on Windows 10 PC | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials:
    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC | Windows 10 Tutorials

    How to Enable Fast Boot or Ultra Fast Boot in UEFI Firmware Settings for Windows:
    Enable or Disable Fast Boot in UEFI Firmware Settings for Windows | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Clean Install Windows 10:
    Clean Install Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    Thanks. I have an older ASUS G750J that had Win 7 on it before I screwed everything up.

    So in my "Aptio Setup Utility", under "Boot" tab:
    Launch CSM set to [Enabled]
    Launch PXE OpROM policy set to [Enabled]
    Boot Option Priorities; Option #1 is my USB drive

    In my "Aptio Setup Utility", under "Security" tab:
    Platform Mode set to "User"
    Secure Boot set to "Disabled"
    Secure Boot Control set to "[Disabled]"

    I can't find the options you suggested. Any ideas? Thanks!
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  4. Posts : 19,960
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       07 May 2018 #4

    Other steps that can be tried:
    1) try USB 2 or USB 3
    2) try another bootable USB flash drive:
    Windows 10 iso build 1803: Download Windows 10
    3) try booting using Memtest86+ version 5.01 or Ubuntu/Linux
    Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool
    Create a bootable USB stick on Windows | Ubuntu tutorials
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  5.    07 May 2018 #5

    Thanks. I think in the process of running "clean" command I did it agains my USB flash drive too! DOH! Sorry. I'm going to try and recreate an installation USB drive then hopefully it'll work better.
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  6.    07 May 2018 #6

    What did you use to make the USB flash drive with? I'll bet Rufus. The USB flash drive needs to be formatted with FAT32 and the partition marked as active.
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  7.    07 May 2018 #7

    I had to use my mac to re-format the USB drive to FAT. Then I'm taking the windows ISO to create bootable USB, following this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhgjqbq_zYA.

    I don't know what Rufus is.
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  8.    07 May 2018 #8

    Make sure it is FAT32, and the partition is marked as active (although active is not required to boot in UEFI mode). Also, did you extract the contents of the Windows 10 ISO file to the flash drive (files and folders)? Or did you just copy the ISO file itself to the flash drive? You need to copy the contents inside the ISO file to the flash drive.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    07 May 2018 #9

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Make sure it is FAT32, and the partition is marked as active (although active is not required to boot in UEFI mode). Also, did you extract the contents of the Windows 10 ISO file to the flash drive (files and folders)? Or did you just copy the ISO file itself to the flash drive? You need to copy the contents inside the ISO file to the flash drive.
    Thanks for your reply. I followed the instructions in that youtube video. (Because I'm creating the USB drive from Mac.)

    Now my USB drive is supposed to be bootable with the install files. (Not the ISO.) I went into my boot settings and "Boot Option #1" is my PNY USB flash drive. I reboot but get this error....

    Reboot and Select proper Boot device
    or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key

    Why is this happening? My USB drive is plugged in.

    Here's the content of my USB drive.
    Click image for larger version. 

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  10. Posts : 19,960
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       07 May 2018 #10

    Open the website for the computer or motherboard manufacturer > enter the product or serial number or model > select the operating system > view BIOS and drivers > post a URL or hyperlink into the thread

    Please update the system specs in the "My Computer" section:

    System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums:
    System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums | Windows 10 Tutorials
    In the left corner below in your post you find 'My System Specs'.
    After clicking it you can find a link a little below that says 'Update your System Spec', click on this link to get to the page where you can fill in your system specs.
    System Info - See Your System Specs - Windows 7 Help Forums


    Include PSU. cooler, case, peripherals and anything attached to the computer by wired or wireless (mouse, keyboard, headset, printer, xbox, USB wireless network card, etc.)
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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