Windows 10: Testing a Win10 Bootable USB media created with Rufus?

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  1.    07 Nov 2016 #11

    After numerous tries and testing I formatted my Kingston HyperX USB stick to FAT32 since its default is exFAT and maybe the MCT does not except this format. So I formatted it with the Kingston Format tool to FAT32 and then it worked this time around.
    However, the MCT should of automatically reformatted it to FAT32? Is this true or not?

    I still want to use the MCT tool, as Rufus is not really user friendly for the non-techy users.
    Rufus is great for some people, but its too advanced for my knowledge.
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  2.    07 Nov 2016 #12

    This is the most reliable way to get a USB flash drive that will boot on both legacy BIOS and UEFI:
    Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive

    at step 9, make sure to use FAT32:
    9. To format the partition, type format fs=fat32 quick, and then click ENTER.

    For step 12, mount the Windows 10 installation ISO file. Copy all the files and folders from the mounted ISO file to the USB flash drive.
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  3.    07 Nov 2016 #13

    All I need to know is that whether the MCT will create a FAT32 file system automatically or not?
    If not, then I will have a look at the above link you posted.

    The Kingston HyperX USB stick defaults to exFAT, and the other option is NTFS and that's it.
    I guess the MCT needs FAT32 in order to create the bootable ISO.

    So will the MCT automatically format my USB stick to FAT32 or will I have use a third party tool like I did for next time in the future?
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  4.    07 Nov 2016 #14

    MCT is supposed to format the USB flash drive as FAT32.
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  5.    07 Nov 2016 #15

    Ok, I will use your suggestion from the link. Thanks!

    Looks like the MCT is not reliable either...
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  6.    07 Nov 2016 #16

    win10freak said: View Post
    Ok, I will use your suggestion from the link. Thanks!

    Looks like the MCT is not reliable either...
    Not sure why this is not working - first time I ever heard of it.
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  7.    07 Nov 2016 #17

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Not completely correct. I've seen USB flash drives that would boot to the blue initial Windows setup screen, but as soon as you tried to go further into the custom install where you would delete partitions to perform a clean install Windows setup has stopped and asked for disk controller drivers to continue.

    @win10freak, you can boot the computer from the USB flash drive, click the install now button, skip entering product key if asked, pick which Windows version to install, if asked, then select the Custom Install option. You should be presented a list of hard drives and partitions. When you see that list, you can be 99% certain the USB flash drive is good and you can just pull the USB flash drive out at that point and reboot your computer and nothing will have been affected on it.

    As a side note - I would never use Rufus to create the Windows 10 USB flash drive. I've read too many posts about people who have checked the wrong box and gotten a USB flash drive that wouldn't boot. There are much more reliable ways to create Windows 10 installation flash drives that will boot both on legacy BIOS computers and UEFI computers.
    Only way that would happen is if they had an unattended.xml file. A straight Windows install USB or Disc won't automatically do anything.
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