Win 10 Pro USB Installer Fails following "Install Updates"  

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  1. Posts : 18,401
    Windows 11 Pro
       #11

    wstrohm said:
    Yep, that's what Step 15 says to do and that's what I did. In fact, several times. If the USB installer is screwed up, that's on me. But I did all the stuff that was recommended. Downloaded the ISO, copied everything except the sources folder into the USB, then split the "install.wim" 6.07 GB file into 2 parts using "WIMB," put those 2 files "Install.swm" (4.03 GB) and "Install2.swm" (around 2 GB) into the sources folder in the USB.
    That is not what was recommended in this thread. Why are you messing with install.wim at all? Either:
    1. Just let Microsoft's Media Creation Tool create the USB flash drive for you (preferred) or
    2. Download the ISO file with Microsoft's Media Creation Tool. It will contain install.esd. Then you can use a flash drive, MBR partition, FAT32 formatted, marked as active, and just copy all the files from the ISO file to it without having to mess with splitting any install.wim file.

    I think the problem you are having is at the stage where setup is trying to copy over files from the split install.wim file.

    Also, if you for some unknown reason you really, really need to use an ISO file with install.wim, there is a method to create a two-partition USB installation flash drive that does not involve splitting install.wim.
    Create Bootable USB For Windows 10 Install.wim Larger Than 4GB

    Another option is to manually set up the internal SSD for booting, and then apply the Windows image and do the setup completely manually.
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  2. Posts : 2,252
    Linux:Debian, Kali-Linux... 2xWin8.1,1x7Pro, Retro:1x2003server.1xXPpro, 1xW2k,1x98SE,1x95,1x3.11
       #12

    I have to agree.. do not split the Wim file.

    as for suggesting OP to use Microsoft's Media Creation Tool on a Non-microsoft system sounds interesting. How do you do that. I can not use that In Linux. :)

    Did you download the ISO from Microsoft? https://www.microsoft.com/software-d...d/windows10ISO
    I did found this about making the win10 installer USB drive on Mac(as you did have mac). https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/an...usb-from-iso-o

    Are you going to install windows in UEFI or in Bios Legacy mode?
    Why i asking is, if you trying to install windows in Legacy mode on a GPT partitioned drive.. it will not work as far as i know.

    1TB drive as you mention for a system drive is not a large disk.
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  3. Posts : 18,401
    Windows 11 Pro
       #13

    Marie SWE said:
    I have to agree.. do not split the Wim file.

    as for suggesting OP to use Microsoft's Media Creation Tool on a Non-microsoft system sounds interesting. How do you do that. I can not use that In Linux. :)
    Thus the alternative method of creating the flash drive using two partitions rather than splitting the install.wim file:
    Create Bootable USB For Windows 10 Install.wim Larger Than 4GB

    Most dowload methods for the ISO file that do not use the Media Creation Tool have install.wim in them, unfortunately.

    A person can use whatever partitioning tools they have on their computer to get the first FAT32 partition on the flash drive followed by the NTFS partition. The flash drive should be MBR, with the FAT32 partition marked as active for maximum compatibility.
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  4. Posts : 4,438
    several
       #14

    I have come acroos it before. the message usually indicates there is something about the partitions it doesnt like.
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  5. Posts : 2,252
    Linux:Debian, Kali-Linux... 2xWin8.1,1x7Pro, Retro:1x2003server.1xXPpro, 1xW2k,1x98SE,1x95,1x3.11
       #15

    NavyLCDR said:
    Thus the alternative method of creating the flash drive using two partitions rather than splitting the install.wim file:
    Create Bootable USB For Windows 10 Install.wim Larger Than 4GB

    Most dowload methods for the ISO file that do not use the Media Creation Tool have install.wim in them, unfortunately.

    A person can use whatever partitioning tools they have on their computer to get the first FAT32 partition on the flash drive followed by the NTFS partition. The flash drive should be MBR, with the FAT32 partition marked as active for maximum compatibility.
    That guide is for windows based system. Rufus dont work on Mac or Linux Diskpart is windows and powershell is windows even it based on Linux terminal.

    Install.wim works great the big differens between .wim VS .esd is that esd is more compressed.
    If i make a bootble USB instead of using Ventoy and i want to escape the 4GB limit, i choose NTFS filesystem on the USB drive when i make it.
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  6. Posts : 11
    None (Installer Only)
    Thread Starter
       #16

    After Re-downloading ISO, Re-making USB drive, Re-"Inatalling"


    See Title: still fails. Deleted all files, pressed Next, but it jumps directly to "Copying Files" (and stalls) instead of creating the desired 3 files. Beginning the install after that, the 3 files come up directly without having to delete anything, but following that, I get the pic below. Should I try an "EXFAT" formatted USB drive so I don't have to split the install.wim file into 2 files?

    Win 10 Pro USB Installer Fails following "Install Updates"-pic-1.jpg
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  7. Posts : 4,438
    several
       #17

    shift+f10 for cmd prompt
    type:

    diskpart
    lis dis
    ( find the disk number e.g. 0 )
    sel dis 0
    clean
    convert gpt
    exi

    reboot into your win10 usb and try installation again.
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  8. Posts : 11
    None (Installer Only)
    Thread Starter
       #18

    Here is a screenshot of the contents of my USB installer flash drive. See anything wrong in there? I circled the split "install.wim" files. Their format is ".swm" which I think is right. But I did notice that the "install.swm" file is 4.19 GB and "install2.swm" is only 927.8 MB. And FAT32 is only supposed to handle 4 GB. Which is really 4.096 GB, right? Is this a problem? I used an Internet-offered Terminal syntax that used 4000 MB for the first file. Should I have changed that to something smaller to guarantee that the installer would be better off?

    Win 10 Pro USB Installer Fails following "Install Updates"-usb-installer.jpg

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    SIW2 said:
    shift+f10 for cmd prompt
    type:

    diskpart
    lis dis
    ( find the disk number e.g. 0 )
    sel dis 0
    clean
    convert gpt
    exi

    reboot into your win10 usb and try installation again.
    Um... is that Windows-speak? I have no Windows (yet).
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  9. Posts : 4,438
    several
       #19

    I have no Windows (yet).
    what do you think you are running when you boot the win10 usb ? it is a small version of windows running in ram.

    after booting the usb, press shift+f10 to open cmd prompt
    Last edited by SIW2; 17 Mar 2023 at 15:28.
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  10. Posts : 6,181
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #20

    To split install.wim
    - Make a folder
    - Move install.wim to it
    - Make a Split.cmd with the code
    Code:
    Dism /Split-Image /ImageFile:install.wim /SWMFile:install.swm /FileSize:3800
    pause
    - Run the Split.cmd
    Move the install.swm and install2.swm to \sources (don't move Install,wim)

    To make a Win 10 USB Legacy and UEFI boot able drive.
    Open a CMD window as administrator and type:

    diskpart
    list disk (it will list all drives. Identify the USB drive number)
    select disk n (replace n by the USB drive number obtained with list disk)
    clean
    convert mbr
    create part primary
    select part 1
    format fs=fat32 quick
    assign
    active
    exit (to exit diskpart)

    Copy all files and folders to the USB drive.
    It will boot as Legacy or UEFI

    Again, I suggest you build the USB Win 10 22h2 installation drive using MCT
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