Windows 10: Media Creation Tool is on my USB Flash Drive, what do to next?

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  1.    01 Aug 2015 #1

    Media Creation Tool is on my USB Flash Drive, what do to next?


    Greetings!
    yet another question about my "favorite" Windows 10. I already have installed windows 10 on my PC. I would like to have a copy of Windows 10, so in the case I have to reinstall it , I will have a copy of it for the future. Now, I have downloaded Media Creation tool to my USB Flash Drive. What do I do next? I do not want install Windows 10, since I already have it. If I click o Run Media Creation tool, what will it do? I just want to have a copy of Windows 10, so that if I need to reinstall it, I can have it right away.

    Right now I have Media Creation tool is on USB flash drive .
    Please explain!
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  2. Posts : 5,016
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       01 Aug 2015 #2

    Put MediaCreationTool on your hard drive, not the flash drive. Run it, select language, Win 10 version and 32 or 64 bit.

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    Create the ISO.
    When it's done, use Rufus to create a UEFI/GPT mode flash drive if the PC originally had Windows 8 or 8.1.
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       01 Aug 2015 #3

    The media creation has already put an ESD ISO on the flash drive, as it is a creator not the installer. Just put the USB in a safe place and every once in a while plug it in for a few minutes to protect against bit rot(you should do this with all external digital media)
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  4.    01 Aug 2015 #4

    Windows Creation tool


    Ztruker said: View Post
    Put MediaCreationTool on your hard drive, not the flash drive. Run it, select language, Win 10 version and 32 or 64 bit.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Create the ISO.
    When it's done, use Rufus to create a UEFI/GPT mode flash drive if the PC originally had Windows 8 or 8.1.
    So, I have to do this just to keep copy of Windows 10, which I don't want to install? How do I create ISO?What is Rufus and how do i get it? I used to have Windows 7,
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       01 Aug 2015 #5

    You don't have to. I thought you said you wanted to. I just create the ISO then save it in a folder on my hard drive. I can use it any time I want to create a DVD or flash drive that way.

    Click on the word Rufus in my post, it's a link to their web site.
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  6.    01 Aug 2015 #6

    media creation tool


    Ztruker said: View Post
    You don't have to. I thought you said you wanted to. I just create the ISO then save it in a folder on my hard drive. I can use it any time I want to create a DVD or flash drive that way.

    Click on the word Rufus in my post, it's a link to their web site.
    I already have Windows 10 installed. All I want to do is to have a copy of Windows 10 just in case, in the case in needs to be reinstalled. So, please can I get clarification on what I should do?
    Last edited by bobcat12; 01 Aug 2015 at 16:32.
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  7.    01 Aug 2015 #7

    Ztruker said: View Post
    Put MediaCreationTool on your hard drive, not the flash drive. Run it, select language, Win 10 version and 32 or 64 bit.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	flashuefigpt.jpg 
Views:	208 
Size:	26.1 KB 
ID:	27572

    Create the ISO.
    When it's done, use Rufus to create a UEFI/GPT mode flash drive if the PC originally had Windows 8 or 8.1.

    Rich,

    I ran the Media Creation Tool and downloaded to a USB drive. I understood that I could now use that USB drive to reinstall WIndows 10. I upgraded from Windows 8.1 on a UEFI PC.
    Are you saying I cannot use that to reinstall Windows 10, without first creating a new USB with the Rufus utility? Just installing from the USB created via the Media Creation Tool won't work?
    Thanks
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  8.    01 Aug 2015 #8

    media creation tool


    Blue Owl said: View Post
    Rich,

    I ran the Media Creation Tool and downloaded to a USB drive. I understood that I could now use that USB drive to reinstall WIndows 10. I upgraded from Windows 8.1 on a UEFI PC.
    Are you saying I cannot use that to reinstall Windows 10, without first creating a new USB with the Rufus utility? Just installing from the USB created via the Media Creation Tool won't work?
    Thanks
    Blue Owl,
    So, you have downloaded media creation tool and it is on your USB drive. Ok, what did you do next? You said you have RUN it.(what's happening when you did that? In my case I have Windows 10 already installed, but I want to have a copy of Windows 10 in case I have to reinstall it.
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  9.    01 Aug 2015 #9

    bobcat12 said: View Post
    Blue Owl,
    So, you have downloaded media creation tool and it is on your USB drive. Ok, what did you do next? You said you have RUN it.(what's happening when you did that? In my case I have Windows 10 already installed, but I want to have a copy of Windows 10 in case I have to reinstall it.

    No. I downloaded the Media Creation Tool to my HDD. Then I ran the Media Creation Tool (from my HDD) which went online and downloaded Windows 10.
    So Windows 10 is on the USB drive, not the Media Creation Tool.
    As I said, I thought I could, then, use that USB drive to reinstall Windows 10 if I wanted too. But it seems I must use the Rufus utility to create an installation USB drive. I am confused. Guess I am wait for a reply to that question.
    I did boot to the USB drive and it starts the Windows installation. Don't know what I need Rufus for???
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  10.    01 Aug 2015 #10

    Blue Owl said: View Post
    Rich,

    I ran the Media Creation Tool and downloaded to a USB drive. I understood that I could now use that USB drive to reinstall WIndows 10. I upgraded from Windows 8.1 on a UEFI PC.
    Are you saying I cannot use that to reinstall Windows 10, without first creating a new USB with the Rufus utility? Just installing from the USB created via the Media Creation Tool won't work?
    Thanks
    If you used the media creation tool to make a bootable USB flash drive, you can install Win 10 from that.

    My own preference was to use the MCT to download the iso. I upgraded 8.1 using that, but I also copied it to a bootable USB flash drive. I used that to do a clean install on the same hardware. (It activated, as advertised.)
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