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  1.    04 Jun 2016 #1

    Clean Install of Windows 10


    Some weeks ago I did a clean install of Windows 10 and everything seemed to be OK. However, I recently ran into s few problems and now want to redo the clean install. I have the necessary USB stick which I used to do the first installation and I am now trying to use it again by changing the boot options on starting up my pc. Each time that I have tried this within the last half an hour, as the machine starts up it opens up a version of Macrium Reflect which is a bought and paid for version on my pc. I don't know why this is happening and so I have uninstalled the programme for the time being but, despite the fact that I have removed it, the same thing keeps happening. Interestingly, when it does open up, the on screen image is in large type just like when you have loaded Windows but before you have amended the screen resolution. Also for some reason, a couple of times when I have pressed F12 to get at the boot options, it hasn't let me in to make the changes and the machine has just booted up in the normal way and so I have just kept trying and eventually it does allow me to make the change but then I get the aforementioned problem with Macrium Reflect appearing. Any help will be much appreciated. Thank you.
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.192
       04 Jun 2016 #2

    Make sure you are using the right USB flash drive. It sounds like you are booting a Macrium Reflect rescue drive.

    If you can boot normally, insert the flash drive and look at it, contents should be similar to this:

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    dates and times will be different of course.
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  3.    04 Jun 2016 #3

    Thank you for coming in on my problem, much appreciated.

    I am hoping that I have managed to attach an image of what is on the USB stick. If it doesn't appear correctly, I can tell you that it is very similar to what you have shown in your reply.


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    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       04 Jun 2016 #4

    WinKey + r
    [ msconfig ]

    On the Services tab: Hide all MS services, disable all non-MS Services
    On the Startup Tab / TaskMgr: Disable all except Antivirus

    Then cold start the machine - shutdown, not restart
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  5.    04 Jun 2016 #5

    Is there an install.wim file in the sources folder on the USB flash drive? That certainly does NOT appear to be a standard Windows 10 installation flash drive.

    I came within a few NM of becoming a bluenose in the 90's but they wouldn't give us permission to cross over :-<
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  6.    04 Jun 2016 #6

    Hello folks, would it be easier for me to sort this if I download the Media Creation Tool again and start from scratch?
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  7.    04 Jun 2016 #7

    Bluenose1940 said: View Post
    Hello folks, would it be easier for me to sort this if I download the Media Creation Tool again and start from scratch?
    Probably! :-) I notice you have a drivers folder on your USB flash drive - you might want to copy that to your hard drive. After the Media Creation Tool creates a new Windows 10 USB flash drive - copy that back to it. It won't affect the Windows 10 installation booting, but it might have drivers you need for your computer after Windows 10 installs.

    Oh...make sure to download the latest version of the media creation tool so you also get the latest download of Windows 10...

    Windows 10

    The Media Creation Tool does not "auto update" itself.
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  •    04 Jun 2016 #8

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Probably! :-) I notice you have a drivers folder on your USB flash drive - you might want to copy that to your hard drive. After the Media Creation Tool creates a new Windows 10 USB flash drive - copy that back to it. It won't affect the Windows 10 installation booting, but it might have drivers you need for your computer after Windows 10 installs. Oh...make sure to download the latest version of the media creation tool so you also get the latest download of Windows 10... Windows 10 The Media Creation Tool does not "auto update" itself.
    Thank you so much for all this info. Sorry to appear dim, but how can I ensure that I am getting the latest media creation tool and the most recent issue of Windows 10
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  •    04 Jun 2016 #9

    Bluenose1940 said: View Post
    Thank you so much for all this info. Sorry to appear dim, but how can I ensure that I am getting the latest media creation tool and the most recent issue of Windows 10
    Download a new Media Creation Tool from the website linked to.
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  •    05 Jun 2016 #10

    In my Download file I have two items, one is the Media Creation Tool and the other is Windows. When I open the Creation Tool and I tell it that I want the USB option, a message tells me that it can't find a USB and yet it is showing in the directory tree as drive M. What is the best way to transfer the Media Creation Tool to the USB stick? I did think that I could just copy and paste it. Any ideas please?
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