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  1.    09 Dec 2016 #1
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    Problems installing Windows 10 to built PC using flash drive


    I just built my first PC and I'm having problems installing Windows 10 on it. I don't have an optical drive so I'm trying to install off a flash drive. I downloaded Windows Media Creation Tool but it doesn't recognize the flash drive so I created an ISO. Then I used Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool and I also tried Rufus to put it on the flash drive. When I use Rufus and plug it into the PC it loads up a black screen. When I use Windows 7 USB Download Tool to put it on the flash drive, it just stays on this loading screen for about 5 minutes then the logo disappears to a black screen and nothing else happens.
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  2.    09 Dec 2016 #2
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    Try option 2 here, https://www.eightforums.com/tutorial...e-windows.html Just mount the Windows 10 ISO instead of the windows 8 one. It's how I create my install thumb drives. Works with Legacy and UEFI installs.
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  3.    09 Dec 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Try option 2 here,
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorial...e-windows.html Just mount the Windows 10 ISO instead of the windows 8 one. It's how I create my install thumb drives. Works with Legacy and UEFI installs.
    I did option 2 and got the same results. The loading screen comes up then goes black after a few minutes.
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  4.    09 Dec 2016 #4
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    I would download another ISO file from here:
    Windows 10 ISO

    Follow alphanumeric's advice to create a new USB flash drive. Also, might want to try a new flash drive itself - the USB 2.0 flash drives seem to work better, and if the computer you are trying to install to has USB 2.0 ports (black) make sure to use one instead of a USB 3.0 port (blue).
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  5.    09 Dec 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    I would download another ISO file from here:
    Windows 10 ISO

    Follow alphanumeric's advice to create a new USB flash drive. Also, might want to try a new flash drive itself - the USB 2.0 flash drives seem to work better, and if the computer you are trying to install to has USB 2.0 ports (black) make sure to use one instead of a USB 3.0 port (blue).
    I just went out and bought a 2.0 USB drive because the other one was a 3.0. Still getting the same issue with the direct download ISO and Media Creation Tool ISO no matter if I use Rufus, Windows 7 download Tool, or if I use the way alphanumeric posted. Also tried all possible USB ports. I'm starting to freak out that I paid several hundred for a computer and parts that I can't use.
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  6.    09 Dec 2016 #6
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    Read my quote in the middle of this OP:
    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

    Try replacing the boot.wim file on the Windows 10 USB flash drive with the boot.wim file from Kyhi's recovery drive. See if it will boot into that and then from there install Windows 10.
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  7.    09 Dec 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Read my quote in the middle of this OP:
    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

    Try replacing the boot.wim file on the Windows 10 USB flash drive with the boot.wim file from Kyhi's recovery drive. See if it will boot into that and then from there install Windows 10.
    I'm not sure if I did this right. I downloaded the "Win10586PESE_x64 ISO v160707" file from the thread you linked, and I replaced the boot.wim file from the flash drive with the boot.wim file from "Win10586PESE_x64 ISO v160707". It's been stuck on the logo loading screen for 10 minutes. It doesn't go black this time but nothing else is happening.
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  8.    09 Dec 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by roflconlol View Post
    I'm not sure if I did this right. I downloaded the "Win10586PESE_x64 ISO v160707" file from the thread you linked, and I replaced the boot.wim file from the flash drive with the boot.wim file from "Win10586PESE_x64 ISO v160707". It's been stuck on the logo loading screen for 10 minutes. It doesn't go black this time but nothing else is happening.
    Sounds like you did it correctly. Seems like you have two choices at the moment, take everything apart, put it back together, make sure everything is tight, make sure all the power connectors are in the right places. If that doesn't work, maybe try downloading one of the self-contained Linux distributions onto the flash drive and see if Linux boots.
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  9.    09 Dec 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Sounds like you did it correctly. Seems like you have two choices at the moment, take everything apart, put it back together, make sure everything is tight, make sure all the power connectors are in the right places. If that doesn't work, maybe try downloading one of the self-contained Linux distributions onto the flash drive and see if Linux boots.
    Thanks so much for helping me this far! I will give those a shot over the weekend.
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  10.    11 Dec 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Sounds like you did it correctly. Seems like you have two choices at the moment, take everything apart, put it back together, make sure everything is tight, make sure all the power connectors are in the right places. If that doesn't work, maybe try downloading one of the self-contained Linux distributions onto the flash drive and see if Linux boots.
    I finally got the Windows 10 installer to start up, but then I ran into another problem. I think the problem might stem from something I did as soon as I built the PC. Bear with me.


    I took the computer apart and put it back together with no luck. Then I tried uplugging the HDD and the Windows 10 Installer finally loaded from my flash drive. If the HDD is unplugged from the motherboard the moment (or before) the Windows Installer starts, then the program will load all the way up. Then I am free to reconnect the HDD without the program crashing.
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    In the program I clicked "Install Now" --> Skipped entering the product key -->chose to Install Windows 10 Pro Version--> clicked "Custom: Install Windows Only". I plugged the HDD back into the motherboard but then I get this screen saying that no drive can be found. In fact, it doesn't matter if I reconnect the HDD the instant the program loads up or right before I click for the installation to begin, I still get this message.

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    I read online that a solution is to load the motherboard's sata driver from Windows Installer program. I went to my motherboard's website, downloaded the Sata Floppy Image, and put it on a separate USB. In the Windows Installer I clicked "Load Driver" and opened the x64 version of the sata drivers. The program auto selected this driver, even though there about 7 more drivers on the file.

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    No matter if I install just this one driver it auto selected or all the drivers that came with the Floppy file, I still get the same "We couldn't find any drives" message.

    Then I noticed when I click "Load Drivers", my HDD actually does show up shown as "Boot (X: )". Not only that, I think the HDD already has some Windows files on it

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    Then I remembered something relevant. Before I posted any of this I originally tried to install Windows 7 from a USB drive. The Windows 7 Installation program loaded with no problem, it found my HDD with no problem, but the program got stuck on the very first step which was "Copying Windows Files (0%)...". It was stuck on 0% for 30 minutes so I turned the computer off thinking the program had failed and nothing was written to the HDD. I then tried to install Windows 10 and that's when all of the problems start happening.

    Could all of these problems be caused by the HDD already having some Windows files on it? What do I do now?

    (The motherbaord is ASRock H110M-HDS with all Bios set to default and the HDD is Western Digital 1TB if that is helps)
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