Windows 10: Damaged disc

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  1.    21 Dec 2016 #11

    Need some help here

    Everything is ready to install. Somehow someone said I should boot from USB.. I did everything they told me
    . I made the USB bootable-it has the new win10 on it it was a download-. If I try to do anything now a FREECON window shows up and is asking for a command????
    If I remove the USB it will not boot up at all.
    I went back into the BIOS and changed the boot order back to where it was. It is the same thing-stuck on this command. I used a program-Rufus-to help making the USB bootable Now it wants a command.

    Why do I do these things to my self. The other matter last week I went ahead and purchased the code from Microsoft.

    1. I was stupid and fell for the boot USB-in one easy step
    2. The 10 download I moved it back to the USB after it was formatted.
    3. What I thought I was doing was the USB would boot and start installing Windows.
    4. A FREECON page ask for a command-when I remove the USB-Windows will not start because it's missing a boot file.

    I just went back into the BIOS and moved the boot sequence so the disc with Windows 8-that I am upgrading to Win10 is first but still it is missing a boot file-If I put the USB back in and restart it goes to the hardware page and wants a command to continue.
    I'm trying to explain this the best I can.
    It comes up with this:FreeDOS kernel 2041 C:/ I wonder if I took the little round battery out of the motherboard and reset everything would that help.
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  2.    21 Dec 2016 #12

    You picked the wrong options in Rufus which is very easy and common to do. When I get home and not on my phone I'll post a reliable way to make a bootable USB flash drive.

    OK... You'll need a Windows 10 ISO file. If you still have one downloaded that you were going to use with Rufus, it will work. I like to get mine from here:
    Microsoft Windows 10 ISO download

    More than likely you want just the plain Windows 10 ISO file - not Single Language and not N version - unless you are 100% sure your previous installation was THE Single Language Edition or N edition. The just plain Windows 10 ISO file will have both Home and Pro in it.

    Prepare the USB flash drive this way:
    Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive

    At step 9, read the important box below it. You will want to format it as FAT32:
    9. To format the partition, type format fs=fat32 quick, and then click ENTER

    For step 12, you will mount the ISO file. In Windows 8 or 10 just right click on it and select Mount. In Windows 7 you will have to use a third party program like WinCDEmu to mount it:
    WinCDEmu - the easiest way to mount an ISO. And more...

    When it is mounted, it will open in a drive letter, a virtual DVD drive. Copy all the files and folders from the virtual DVD drive to the USB flash drive. Then you will have a USB flash drive that is bootable with both UEFI and legacy BIOS.
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 21 Dec 2016 at 21:46.
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  3.    30 Dec 2016 #13

    Thanks guys-it worked out fine. It never ask for my authorization code but that may come later I guess. Also, it will not allow me to change the boot time in msconfig-it makes me wait for 30seconds. It says it can't find the original boot settings-or something like that.
    My short term memory is somewhat shot at times and I need to be reminded of things-thanks for the help
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  4.    30 Dec 2016 #14

    I would check to see if it's activated. Click on the Start Icon - Settings - Update and Security - Activation. You may need to enter the Key that came with the damaged disc.
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  5.    31 Dec 2016 #15

    It said that I upgraded a genuine Windows 7 then upgraded to a genuine windows 8.1then upgraded with a genuine Windows 10 pro and I have a Digital License. What ever that means.

    When I try in 'run' to reduce the 30 seconds to boot into 03 seconds it gives me this message.

    'System configuration can't save the original boot configuration so the boot changes will be reverted.'

    Not a big deal but puzzling nevertheless.
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