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  1.    1 Week Ago #1
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    Using Windows 10 Media Creation tool


    Hello
    The tech I have been working with told me to download the WMC tool to help straighten out my W10 system. He said I will need a 6 gig flash drive. I downloaded the tool to another computer and it is only a 17 MBT .exe file? Why do I need a 6 gig flash drive for this download? Do I need to open it before running it in the sick computer?

    Thanks

    ruko
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  2.    1 Week Ago #2
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    Repairing windows can be done directly from the Microsoft website without a Windows 10 iso flash drive.

    Download Windows 10

    Alternatively repairing can be performed using a bootable windows 10 iso.

    If you prefer to keep an older version of Windows you will want to create a Windows 10 iso.
    The Windows version is regularly updated on the Microsoft website and the older versions are removed.
    If the computer's operating system becomes corrupted to where you cannot boot you will want a bootable windows 10 iso.
    For Windows 1607 the iso is 3.4 GB. The contents on the drive include:
    boot
    efi
    sources
    support
    autorun
    bootmgr
    setup

    So you have the most flexibility with a flash drive.
    It can be used on multiple computers.
    It can be used when internet access is unavailable.
    It can be used to troubleshoot corrupted operating systems with unbootable computers.

    These are some links on using the Windows 10 iso:
    1) In place upgrade repair:
    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    2) Clean install:
    Clean Install Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    Last edited by zbook; 1 Week Ago at 05:34.
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  3.    1 Week Ago #3
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    Serbia
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    W10 Insider + Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by ruko View Post
    Hello
    The tech I have been working with told me to download the WMC tool to help straighten out my W10 system. He said I will need a 6 gig flash drive. I downloaded the tool to another computer and it is only a 17 MBT .exe file? Why do I need a 6 gig flash drive for this download? Do I need to open it before running it in the sick computer?

    Thanks

    ruko
    That's just a program to download windows and make a BOOT USB or DVD. Once it's downloaded it makes it bootable and can be used for repair or even clean installation.
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  4.    1 Week Ago #4
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    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    That's just a program to download windows and make a BOOT USB or DVD. Once it's downloaded it makes it bootable and can be used for repair or even clean installation.
    Thank you for your response. I still am curious as to why I will need a 6 gig flash drive when the downloaded tool exe file is only 18 megabytes. What am I missing?

    Thanks
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  5.    1 Week Ago #5
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    3-Win-7Prox64 1-Win10Prox64

    Hi,
    The tool creates a current iso file is why you need at lease 8gb stick if you want to create installation media.
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  6.    1 Week Ago #6
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    Thread Starter

    Using Windows 10 Media Creation tool


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    That's just a program to download windows and make a BOOT USB or DVD. Once it's downloaded it makes it bootable and can be used for repair or even clean installation.
    Thank you for your response. Still don't know why the literature and the Technician say I need a 6 gig flash drive but the downloaded tool file is only 18 megabytes. Will I need a windows 10 product key to run the creation tool? I don't have one because this computer was purchased as an "open box" item from Best Buy and they don't keep documentation for some strange reason.

    Thanks
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  7.    1 Week Ago #7
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    Germany
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    Windows 10 Home Fall Creators Update

    Quote Originally Posted by ruko View Post
    Thank you for your response. Still don't know why the literature and the Technician say I need a 6 gig flash drive but the downloaded tool file is only 18 megabytes. Will I need a windows 10 product key to run the creation tool? I don't have one because this computer was purchased as an "open box" item from Best Buy and they don't keep documentation for some strange reason.

    Thanks
    Hi, Ruko, in two words - Media creation Tool is approx 17 MB, it downloads automatically Windows.iso file, which can be 3-4 GB. After that this iso file is converted to a bootable media - either for USB or DVD /dual layer/. Hence the name.
    If your computer came preinstalled with windows 10 your production key is embedded in the BIOS/UEFI - the new installation will use it automatically. For other cases I have no idea...
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  8.    1 Week Ago #8
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    Thread Starter

    Thank you Ivan. How do I get my sick computer to boot from the USB port containing the MCTool?

    Thanks
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  9.    1 Week Ago #9
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    Open the BIOS > change the bios boot order so that the USB hard drive is on the top of the list.
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  10.    1 Week Ago #10
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by ruko View Post
    Thank you Ivan. How do I get my sick computer to boot from the USB port containing the MCTool?

    Thanks
    You can't. You have to actually run the Media Creation Tool in order to create a USB flash drive that you can either:

    Boot a computer from to do a clean install of Windows
    Or
    Use to repair or upgrade and existing installation of Windows with.
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