Media Creation Tool not working March 2023

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  1. Posts : 28
    W10 Pro 64-bit
       #1

    Media Creation Tool not working March 2023


    The March 2023 Windows 10 update messed up my PC and got stuck in an auto-repair loop. Tried everything and some more, no dice. No going back to previous restore points, no rolling back of last update no nothing.

    So I decided to make a new bootable repair disc using Microsoft's Media Creation Tool. Bought a brand-new 64 GB flash drive, downloaded and installed MCT. First step went OK, second step, installing, got stuck at 50% and mentioned something went wrong, error code 0x800700B7 - 0xA001B.

    Something was already installed on the drive, so I deleted and reformatted the drive. Then I tried again with some tricks like activating some Windows services, disabling anti-virus etc, copying the MCT onto the drive and start installation from there. Nada, nic, nothing; same problem at 50%.

    So switched to a brand new (one week old) HP laptop and tried to make the repair drive there. The error message did not pop up yet, but its already half an hour stuck on the 50% mark.

    So the W10 March 2023 update messed up my OS and cannot repair itself and the MCT does not work so I cannot make a repair drive to get this PC back to work.

    Any suggestions?
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  2. Posts : 770
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    I suggest you keep your problems to one thread and not spread your issues over separate questions to start with.

    Use MCT to create an Installation USB, unplug all but your system drive, delete all partitions, now install DONT interrupt anything.
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  3. Posts : 42,966
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #3

    So the W10 March 2023 update
    - which update exactly?

    Note this that I posted here a week or 2 ago:
    News: Issues reported with March update KB5023696

    As your PC is unbootable your options would be:
    a. offline System Restore from Advanced Startup options (which you might be able to access anyway by forcibly shutting down 3x in succession.

    b. offlline update removal - again from Advance Startup options.
    How to Uninstall a Windows Update Offline via Windows RE >> Winhelponline

    Of course, if you have been using 3rd party disk imaging as is endlessly recommended here (e.g. Macrium Reflect - free or paid) then you can restore a previously created disk image of your Windows partition.

    I'm guessing you don't use disk imaging yet... so once you've resolved this, have a look into it and start using it.
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  4. Posts : 28
    W10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #4

    I will try to keep the thread separate, one about the messed up MArch update and this one about the media creation tool not working.

    So more details on what I did.
    - bought a 64 Gb Flash drive, and try to make a bootable flash. with Media Creation Tool

    First try: no success, error code 0x800700B7 - 0xA001B,
    Then:
    - Cleaned and reformatted the flash drive
    - Activated some windows services
    - paused bitdefender Internet Security
    - copied the Media Creation Tool onto the flash drive
    - ran the MCT.

    Same error
    @$#%@#!#

    On a brand new laptop: still stuck at 50%.

    So at this moment I do NOT have a bootable repair drive.
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  5. Posts : 6,301
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #5

    Robo said:
    I will try to keep the thread separate, one about the messed up MArch update and this one about the media creation tool not working.

    So more details on what I did.
    - bought a 64 Gb Flash drive, and try to make a bootable flash. with Media Creation Tool

    First try: no success, error code 0x800700B7 - 0xA001B,
    Then:
    - Cleaned and reformatted the flash drive
    - Activated some windows services
    - paused bitdefender Internet Security
    - copied the Media Creation Tool onto the flash drive
    - ran the MCT.

    Same error
    @$#%@#!#

    On a brand new laptop: still stuck at 50%.

    So at this moment I do NOT have a bootable repair drive.
    Did you downloaded the Win 10 installation iso or did you let MCT create the installation drive?

    If you have the Win 10 installation iso:
    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 size=8000
    select part 1
    format fs=fat32 quick
    assign
    active
    exit (to exit diskpart)

    Right click on the Win 10 installation iso and select Mount.
    On the Virtual DVD drive created, select all files and folders and select copy
    Paste on the USB drive.

    The USB drive will boot as Legacy or UEFI
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  6. Posts : 28
    W10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Megahertz, I used MCT, will try your suggestion tomorrow

    I hope this is the correct thread to continue the discussion.

    With help of AOMEI, I made a Windows PE bootable drive. That process wanted a more than 8 GB flash drive, but then installed only 1 GB. Whatever I tried, PC did not want to use that drive to startup. Failure.

    So after several tries, I manged to get into the diagnostics and then the options for repair area again.

    Results:
    • on start-up, I once got the message that overclocking does not work
    • on start-up, I three times got the message no keyboard found
    • tried the repair with cloud download - error
    • tried repair with internal files - error
    • tried repair with cloud download, now using a usb ethernet connector - error
    • tried start from other device - not recognized
    • tried uninstalling latest quality update: error
    • finally found system restore: only three points: 17 march installed Terra Copy, 14 March Windows update 14 March windows update. I selected the earliest point and tried to start: did not work
    • activated Volume Shadow Copy and tried restore again, this time worked.
      Restore worked rather long, then decided: System Restore failed while restoring the registry from the restore point. An unspecified error occurred during System Restore 0x80070002
    • Changed startup options and tried to enter Windows RE: gives the same options already tried
    • startup change settings option: option 1 with debugging: error


    I am going to sleep now, this has cost me more than 10 hours over two days, and a very bad mood. Anyway, thanks for all already given and still coming help, without you it would be even worse :)
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  7. Posts : 4
    w10
       #7

    i suggest using this application below to download a version of windows 10 that works on your computer.

    found here

    you could also use other tools like rufus to create a bootable usb or ventoy for multiple ISOs
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  8. Posts : 5,330
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #8

    In this guide, you will learn the steps to use Rufus to download the ISO file and create a bootable media to install Windows 10 from scratch.

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  9. Posts : 28
    W10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Finally managed to make a bootable drive using MCT. Changes several services to automatic and running, added a registry key and cleaned all temp files etc. But the think that I think did it was changing all regio-settings to USA including time zones, used a VPN and connected to New York.

    Read several times that changing the language to different than the actual regio is causing problems as well. So even when setting the language to English in the MCT setup, it still has problems with getting that on a CZech PC (even though the system language is English).

    Anyway, it worked and the crashed PC recognizes it. However, when I see the new drive there are the options install or repair. If you choose repair, the crashed PC goes out of the MCT drive and goes back to the earlier blue screen.
    So probably the only way is to do a clean install and hope some data is still saved.

    Last thing, after several tries, now running on a completely new (2 weeks) laptop with new 64 GB flash drive, rufus is already on 45% of making a bootable drive ... after three hours! Beter than yesterday, I stopped the process after thou hours being on 12%.

    - - - Updated - - -

    OK, after 4 hours Rufus gave up on 60%: sorry, cannot continue.

    Used a new SSD sata to USB connector, removed the system disk and downloaded essential data to the new laptop (about 20 GB in few minutes) and now Windows is reinstalling from the SSD drive.

    - - - Updated - - -

    installed, seemed OK at first, but then crashed. Reinstalled, seemed ok, again crash after being ready and I checked if it saw all the drives. Connected to internet to update the drivers, crash.

    All data are saved now so I think the best to do is wipe this drive completely and start from scratch, this is taking too long.

    - - - Updated - - -

    OK. Disconnected all drives but the C: drive, used the install drive to make C into one large unallocated space and let windows do the rest. Again, was ready, we connected to internet and started windows update: crash :windows cannot laod properly. The error message while crashing was something with ... handler .... My nephew, ho is working with computers was looking through a phone video link and saw the message and was like "oh boy, something is really very wrong here".

    Now checking the SSD for bad places. CHCKDSK F: /f and then CHCKDSK F: /r. No errors or bad clusters found.

    Can an SSD get damaged by repeatedly hard reboots? Until the update and the experiments, this SSD was working smoothly.

    Anybody an idea what is happening here?
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  10. Posts : 6,301
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #10

    Robo said:
    Now checking the SSD for bad places. CHCKDSK F: /f and then CHCKDSK F: /r. No errors or bad clusters found.

    Can an SSD get damaged by repeatedly hard reboots? Until the update and the experiments, this SSD was working smoothly.

    Anybody an idea what is happening here?
    As an complex device, a SSD can also fail. If a HDD is very sensitive to impacts, the SSD is very sensitive to voltage spikes and high temperatures. A SSD will slowly die due to the amount of data that is written to it.
    Hard disk sentinel is a good drive diagnostic tool.

    What is the brand and model of the SSD?
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