Download Windows 10 to a HDD instead of USB ?

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  1. Posts : 46
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    Download Windows 10 to a HDD instead of USB ?


    To make a Windows 10 bootable USB thumb drive, everywhere I looked says to download Windows 10 to the USB stick. Is there some reason why Win10 cannot be downloaded to a Windows 7 HDD and then copied to a USB thumb drive?

    I see mention that you need a 5GB, or 8GB or 16GB USB stick. Which is correct?

    I'm about to make my first steps into the world of Windows 10.

    Thanks
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    Hi, you can download the iso file to whatever you want- it's just a file.

    You should be able to make a USB HDD bootable too.

    What you cannot do if you want a bootable flash drive is simply copy the iso file to it. That makes it just a data disk with a file on it.

    More including size of drive:
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10

    Related:
    Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC
    Download Windows 10 ISO File
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  3. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
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    You should take a look at this excellent tutorial here on Tenforums on how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It will guide you thru all the steps and answer a lot of your questions. Excellent starting point and you can post further questions here for clarification.

    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,924
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    One basic precaution- create a current disk image before attempting the upgrade, ensuring you have a way back should things go wrong. E.g. Macrium Reflect (free/paid) + external storage for image files.

    There's no guarantee of upgrading succeeding- following that tutorial, disable and preferably uninstall any 3rd party security programs, disconnect unnecessary peripherals, make sure you have at least 30Gb free on C:

    You can try manually upgrading using the iso- if you use the iso file you don't need a bootable disk.
    Mount the iso file, run setup.exe from the newly created disk.
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  5. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868
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    The latest ISO I have is Ver 1903 x64-only.
    - Its ISO is just under 5GB
    - It used up just over 5GB when extracted to a USB

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  6. Posts : 38,353
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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    Mike100 said:
    To make a Windows 10 bootable USB thumb drive, everywhere I looked says to download Windows 10 to the USB stick. Is there some reason why Win10 cannot be downloaded to a Windows 7 HDD and then copied to a USB thumb drive?

    I see mention that you need a 5GB, or 8GB or 16GB USB stick. Which is correct?

    I'm about to make my first steps into the world of Windows 10.

    Thanks



    When creating a bootable Windows 10 iso the minimum size flash drive per the Microsoft website is 8 GB.

    The iso can be installed on a flash drive to make it bootable or non-bootable.

    The bootable iso requires formatting the flash drive.


    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

    A blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space or blank DVD (and DVD burner) if you want to create media. We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
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  7. Posts : 46
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
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    Thanks for all the replies & I'll look at all the provided links.

    I thought about downloading Win10 to my Win7 PC's HDD since I don't have an empty flash drive. And then copying to the flash drive when I get spare one.

    I plan on doing a fresh install on a new PC build & figured having a copy of Win10 in my hands would get me motivated to build one.
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  8. Posts : 38,353
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #8

    These links are typically useful:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10
    Download Windows 10 ISO File
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10




    A non-bootabe windows 10 iso can be used for other purposes.
    For example, an in place upgrade repair.
    But for a clean install it needs to be bootable.



    If you are planning to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 there are other tutorials that are useful.
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  9. Posts : 768
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    I thought about downloading Win10 to my Win7 PC's HDD since I don't have an empty flash drive. And then copying to the flash drive when I get spare one.
    If you have a program like 7zip installed on your Win 7 machine you can extract the ISO to a folder and run the setup.exe program from there.
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  10. bobkn's Avatar
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    Win 10 X64 Pro 20H2 19042.685
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    Caveats:

    To do a clean install of Windows 10, ithe installer must be run from a boot drive.

    To boot from a USB drive on a UEFI system, the USB drive must be formatted as FAT32.

    The largest drive that Windows will format as Fat32 is 32GB. If you want larger, you'd need to use a third-party utility. How to Format a Large Hard Drive With FAT or FAT32

    I admit that I have never used a HDD as an Win10 installation medium. I have a number of USB thumb drives lying about. One is so ancient that it's 512 MB.
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