Wow, thanks for the great tutorial, I'm going to try it today. Before I do that I just wanted to make sure I understand everything.
- Under the "Here's How:" from the guide by Brink that is posted above by Word Man there are two links:
1. If you have not already, you will need to create a bootable Windows 10 installation USB.
3. Boot from the USB flash drive on your computer.
Do I follow Option 1 on both?
- I download the media creation tool to the laptop and it'll install Win10 on my flash drive, it'll format like you said. Can I export the drivers to that same flash drive after doing the command you posted or do the drivers need to be on a separate flash drive? I have a 128gb Sandisk drive.
- After Windows is on the flash drive, I put the drivers on it, then boot to the flash drive to start the install process? Over at Reddit a Toshiba user said to plug the flash drive in, reboot Windows and press F12 quickly and it'll list items to boot from.
- Do I need to worry about UEFI(no idea what it is). I have a thread over at Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/techsupport/comments/4aopqj/what_is_the_easiest_way_to_do_a_clean_install_of/
The one gent said this:
"When it comes to UEFI vs CMS... well, basically UEFI is newer and supported by Windows 10, and I know that my Toshiba laptop wont boot from a Windows 10 USB stick unless EUFI is enabled. If the laptop can boot and install from the USB stick, then you're good to go."
Again, thanks for the help I don't mean to ask so many questions but I feel like I'm working on an airplane or something lol. I appreciate you working with this noob. I probably shouldn't have made threads on this in so many places as I have people telling me different ways of doing it.
There's a whole bunch of different ways to install Windows 10. I'm trying to tell you the least technical way that works more often when other methods fail. The main downside to this method is not having files readily available later on for advanced troubleshooting, but most people won't do the kind of advanced troubleshooting those files are needed for and they can be downloaded later if needed anyway.
I used the Media Creation Tool, it put about 3.36GB on the flash drive, I'm assuming that's correct. I downloaded Macrium Reflect to backup the laptop before I do anything else, I attached a screenshot below. Do I just click on Actions under the C:/ Drive and select "Image this partition only"? I don't know what any of the others are that you see listed. It says it.would be 30GB, that is a lot of blank DVD I would have to use. All I have is 128GB flash drive, a 2GB and a 1GB. I had a 4GB one that was holding Win10 from the Creation Tool but it seems faulty now so I'm trying to figure out what to do. It works off and on.
Edit: Can I just put the backup image of Windows that'll I'll make from Macrium, the drivers that I'll export using your command and the Windows 10 files from the Media Creation Tool all on the same 128GB flash drive? I also literally just got my 2TB Seagate External HDD in the mail from Amazon. However, didn't know if Windows 10 has to be on a USB flash drive only or if external hard drives work as well. Or should I just put Windows 10 and the drivers on the 128GB flash drive and the backup image of Windows on the external?
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If you have blank DVDs then make a Windows 10 installation DVD from the ISO file and use that. Make an image of the entire hard drive to the external hard drive, export your drivers to the external hard drive. Make a Macrium Reflect Rescue DVD. Then boot from the Windows 10 install DVD to do your clean install with.
Also, are you saying I need to create a Rescue backup and also an Image backup in Reflect? What is the difference?
Again, thank for the help.
You need both the image of your hard drive created by Macrium Reflect onto the external hard drive and a Macrium Reflect Rescue Disk created either on a USB flash drive or DVD. The Macrium rescue disk should fit on a 1 GB flash drive - and definitely on 2 GB. The image is just a backup file, and it will be 80-90% in size of the used space of your hard drive as there is not need to backup free space. You cannot boot from the backup image file. The Rescue Disk is what you would boot the computer from in order to restore the image back to the hard drive (or a new hard drive) should a catastrophic failure occur.
Most computers will not boot from MicroSD cards, so that's why you can't use them for the Rescue disk or the Windows install disk.
Flash drives are pretty cheap - you can get a 2-pack of 8 GB drives at Walmart for less than $10.
I finally had time to do everything. Before I go ahead and try install a vanilla copy of Win10, can you check the screenshots I took just to double check that I've covered everything and it all looks correct?
- This is the Rescue Media, I was able to fit it on a 2GB flash drive like you said, it only came out to 244MB which seems kind of low?: Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
- Here is the Image Backup of my current laptop on the 2TB external hdd, the image is around 21GB. I was only supposed to image the C Drive correct? It looks like there's 3 other partitions: Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
- I used the Media Creation Tool exe to put Windows 10 on the 128GB flash drive which was formatted to around 30GB. The Win10 img was almost 6GB: Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet
- I did that export command that you wrote for saving my drivers, I put them in a DriversW10 folder on both the Image Backup(ext hdd) & the Media Creation(128GB flash drive). I didn't know exactly which one to put it on.
You should have imaged your whole disk, not just the OS partition. The first partition on your drive is where the boot files are. And I would boot from the Rescue USB to make sure it works.