I'm trying to install Windows 10 on a new SSD drive

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  1. Posts : 91
    windows 10
       #1

    I'm trying to install Windows 10 on a new SSD drive


    Hi Guys

    As of yet, I haven't installed the SSD,
    At the moment I'm using WinPESE x64 on the laptop,
    I can't use the Windows Creation Tool because I get an error message,
    I've download a Windows 10 (1903 x64) without the Media Creation Tool,
    I have a USB stick formatted, I've tried using Rufus, but no joy, it says 'failed'.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
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  2. Posts : 35,507
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, the Tutorial section is very useful.

    Please see Options 2 and 4 for alternatives:
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 6,971
    windows 10
       #3

    When you download the iso ms gives you the option of creating USB ānd no need for Rufus
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  4. Posts : 275
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044.1620
       #4

    Hi All,
    This is another useful tutorial :
    Clean Install Windows 10
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  5. Posts : 7,711
    3-Win-7Prox64 3-Win10Prox64 3-LinuxMint20.2
       #5

    Hi,
    What's the usb formatted too ? ntfs/ fat32 ?
    How big is the usb 4gb/.... ?
    Iso would likely include all versions of 10 4gb usb would be too small likely.

    Media creation tool only works with win-10.

    I'm using WinPESE x64 on the laptop,
    Also have no idea what this is ?
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  6. Posts : 35,507
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    Samuria said:
    When you download the iso ms gives you the option of creating USB ānd no need for Rufus

    I think the OP's getting an error message when trying to use the media creation tool when booted using Kyhi's boot disk. I don't know if it would work in that circumstance- normally it would recognise the build of Windows installed.

    I'm guessing that's why he's getting the error message.

    The OP said they can't use the media creation tool.

    WinPESE x64 = bootable rescue tool.
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  7. Posts : 17,368
    Windows 11 Pro
       #7

    rebel1 said:
    Hi Guys

    As of yet, I haven't installed the SSD,
    At the moment I'm using WinPESE x64 on the laptop,
    I can't use the Windows Creation Tool because I get an error message,
    I've download a Windows 10 (1903 x64) without the Media Creation Tool,
    I have a USB stick formatted, I've tried using Rufus, but no joy, it says 'failed'.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    The easiest thing for you to do is format the USB flash drive as NTFS. Copy the ISO file itself to the flash drive. You don't need to extract the iso file and make the USB bootable, just copy the ISO file itself. Then when you are booted into WinPESE you can mount the ISO file that is on the flash drive by right clicking on it and clicking Mount. Then you can run setup.exe from the drive letter that appears. After you have Windows 10 installed on the computer, then you can run the Media Creation Tool and create a proper, bootable Windows 10 installation USB flash drive.
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  8. Posts : 91
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    NavyLCDR said:
    The easiest thing for you to do is format the USB flash drive as NTFS. Copy the ISO file itself to the flash drive. You don't need to extract the iso file and make the USB bootable, just copy the ISO file itself. Then when you are booted into WinPESE you can mount the ISO file that is on the flash drive by right clicking on it and clicking Mount. Then you can run setup.exe from the drive letter that appears. After you have Windows 10 installed on the computer, then you can run the Media Creation Tool and create a proper, bootable Windows 10 installation USB flash drive.
    Success with the instructions in red.
    Am I correct in thinking, that I can remove the old drive, install the new SSD drive, then just 'boot' from the USB?
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  9. Posts : 4,457
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
       #9

    rebel1 said:
    Success with the instructions in red.
    Am I correct in thinking, that I can remove the old drive, install the new SSD drive, then just 'boot' from the USB?
    I don't know why, but if you wish to install Win10 on a UEFI system from a USB boot drive, the USB has to be formatted as Fat32.
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  10. Posts : 17,368
    Windows 11 Pro
       #10

    rebel1 said:
    Success with the instructions in red.
    Am I correct in thinking, that I can remove the old drive, install the new SSD drive, then just 'boot' from the USB?
    You would remove the old drive, install the new SSD - then boot into your WinPESE x64. Then insert the USB drive containing the ISO file. Mount the ISO file, run setup.exe to install Windows 10 onto the SSD.

    Here's the problem....in order to create the standard Windows 10 USB flash drive formatted as FAT32, you need a Windows ISO file that has install.esd, not install.wim because install.wim will be over the 4gb file limit size of FAT32. Pretty much the only way to get the ISO file with install.esd on it directly from Microsoft is with the Media Creation Tool. The Media Creation Tool will only run from a full install of Windows, though, it will not run in WinPESE. So if you want the ISO file directly from MS, you have to download the one with install.wim in it, which is what you have now.

    Most UEFI computers will only boot from a FAT partition, not NTFS (unless you enable CSM). So the easiest solution, in your case is to have two USB flash drives. The first one will be the bootable FAT32 flash drive with WinPESE on it. The second USB flash drive will be NTFS and have the ISO file saved on it. Boot into WinPESE from the FAT32 flash drive in UEFI mode. Once in WinPESE you can remove the FAT32 flash drive (if you want), and insert the NTFS flash drive with the ISO file on it. Mount the ISO file and run setup.exe.

    Once you get your Windows 10 installed on the SSD, then you will have a full Windows 10 install that you can use to run the Media Creation Tool and then you can create your standard Windows 10 installation USB flash drive using the Media Creation Tool.
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