Windows 10: UEFI Rescue USB Sticks - Hirens, Kaspersky, et al

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  1.    26 Oct 2015 #11

    Clive K said: View Post
    Alternatively, can anybody suggest another utility disk that is UEFI compatible, even if only has a file browser with copy and delete capabilities?
    Use Rufus to create a MBR / UEFI live bootable Linux Mint USB flash drive. Use a Linux Mint x64 ISO as the source. Linux Mint x64 has UEFI support (32 bit version may not), a Foxfire browser built in, copy/delete file manager and even disk partitioning software (Gparted) all accessible from the USB live boot stick when booted. It all fits on a 8gb USB stick.

    Best of all, its live graphical interface looks and operates very much like Windows.

    -Here is how to create a MBR / UEFI bootable USB flash drive:

    First download and install Rufus bootable USB creator in Windows. Second, download the Linux Mint x64 ISO.

    -How to use Rufus to create a MBR / UEFI bootable USB flash drive.

    Here's how to fill out all of the fields in Rufus to create a MBR / UEFI bootable USB flash drive from a Linux Mint x64 ISO.

    Plug in your USB drive first. Everything on it will be erased.

    How to fill out Rufus options.
    Under the following fields, fill in:

    First, click on "Disc Icon" button (on the right side about 2/3's of the way down the Rufus menu) and find and select the Linux Mint x64 ISO source file on your hard disk. This is used to create the bootable USB flash drive.

    Device:
    choose the USB flash drive you are using from the drop down menus. If you only have one USB drive plugged in, it will be the only one on the list.

    Partition scheme and target system type:
    Select...
    "MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI"
    OR
    "GPT partition scheme for UEFI"
    depending on the type of hard disk partitioning used on the system the USB drive will boot on.

    File System:
    Select "FAT32 (Default)"

    Cluster size:
    Select "4096 bytes (Default)"

    New volume label:
    Optional - fill in label name if desired

    Format Options:

    Select "1 Pass"

    [ ] Check device for bad blocks (I don't check this option)
    [X] Quick format
    [X] Create a bootable disk using "ISO image"
    [X} Create extended label and icon files

    Click START.

    If Rufus asks:

    Please select the mode that you want to use to write this image:

    ( ) Write in ISO image mode (Recommended)
    (x) Write in DD image mode

    Select DD image mode and then select OK. Rufus 2.4 and above will ask. Rufus 2.2 and below doesn't ask or give these options, but works okay anyway.

    I've found DD image mode best for Linux ISO's and ISO image mode best for Windows ISO's. If one
    doesn't work or boot, re-create the bootable USB with the other option.

    Allow Rufus to complete (can take up to 5-minutes or even a little longer) and you will have a UEFI bootable live Linux Mint USB flash drive that will have a browser, file copy/delete and even disc partitioning.
    Last edited by Antilope; 27 Oct 2015 at 08:59.
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  2.    27 Oct 2015 #12

    Thank you Antilope. Your instructions worked perfectly for me. Downloaded Mint 17.2 and now have a bootable stick.
    Would it be worth it to install Linux on a stick? I'm thinking that would be really flexible - saving settings, adding apps, etc.
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  3.    27 Oct 2015 #13

    Clive K said: View Post
    Thank you Antilope. Your instructions worked perfectly for me. Downloaded Mint 17.2 and now have a bootable stick.
    Would it be worth it to install Linux on a stick? I'm thinking that would be really flexible - saving settings, adding apps, etc.
    You can install what you want. What you can't do (as far as I know) is add Windows recovery tools like bootrec which can be useful - for that you'd need a WinPE or RE (or a Windows installation ISO).

    It might be handy to have both Linux and Windows bootable sticks if you have a spare.
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  4.    27 Oct 2015 #14

    Clive K said: View Post
    Thank you Antilope. Your instructions worked perfectly for me. Downloaded Mint 17.2 and now have a bootable stick.
    Would it be worth it to install Linux on a stick? I'm thinking that would be really flexible - saving settings, adding apps, etc.
    Yes, you can install Linux on the USB stick. A full install of Linux Mint on a hard disk only takes about 5gb of disk space, although it also needs swap space equal to the amount of ram in your system. A 16gb USB would probably be the minimum for a proper install on a stick. There is even a Windows emulator called "Wine" that you can install to run some Windows programs. In Linux Mint, check out the Software Manager program. From it you can access and install many Linux software programs.
    Last edited by Antilope; 27 Oct 2015 at 08:37.
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  5.    27 Oct 2015 #15

    Thanks Halasz. I've got a couple WinPE sticks.
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  6.    27 Oct 2015 #16

    Thanks again Antilope. I'll give it a try on my remaining 16gb stick.
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  7.    27 Oct 2015 #17

    @Antilope

    Antilope said: View Post
    Yes, you can install Linux on the USB stick. A full install of Linux Mint on a hard disk only takes about 5gb of disk space, although it also needs swap space equal to the amount of ram in your system. A 16gb USB would probably be the minimum for a proper install on a stick. There is even a Windows emulator called "Wine" that you can install to run some Windows programs. In Linux Mint, check out the Software Manager program. From it you can access and install many Linux software programs.
    Ok I got one for you on Linux Mint, I made the recovery disk, like you showed the other user, booted to Linux, looked around at some of the features, then logged off, it took me to a locked screen, and if I tried to re-enter back to the desktop, it asked me for my password??? I never set one up, just made this usb disk. I did see under accounts that their was a place to enter info for a user, everything was blank, no name, no pic, BUT under password, their were 5 ***** <--- what the heck is that?? Finally found a way to boot back to my Windows 10 ......So now how do I fix this password issue???
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  8.    27 Oct 2015 #18

    According to documentation, a Live CD (or USB) default user and password should be...
    mint (for user)
    leave blank and just press Enter (for password)

    That didn't work for me, either. Maybe a bug.

    If you pressed the Logout button and pressed the Switch User button, you are in limbo.
    I was able to get out of it with these keystrokes.

    To get out of the Login Screen and reboot:

    Press CTRL-ALT-F1 to go to a terminal window.
    Now Press CTRL-ALT-DELETE to reboot.
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  9.    27 Oct 2015 #19

    Antilope said: View Post
    According to documentation, a Live CD (or USB) user and password should be
    mint (for user)
    leave blank (for password)

    That didn't work for me, either. Maybe a bug.

    If you pressed the Logout button and pressed the Switch User button, you are in limbo.
    I was able to get out of it with these keystrokes.

    To get out of the Login Screen and reboot:

    Press CTRL-ALT-F1 to go to a terminal window.
    Now Press CTRL-ALT-DELETE to reboot.
    The password looks like it is 6 figures, tried a few already. I doubt "mint" will work either. Linux should not be setting its own PW, that just don't make sense. Read lots of posts on this very same problem, so far, no real good answer that I have found, but lots of folks are asking what is this password that Linux put in.
    I found a way to get out........but I am writing down your way too......
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  10.    27 Oct 2015 #20

    OldMike65 said: View Post
    @Antilope



    Ok I got one for you on Linux Mint, I made the recovery disk, like you showed the other user, booted to Linux, looked around at some of the features, then logged off, it took me to a locked screen, and if I tried to re-enter back to the desktop, it asked me for my password??? I never set one up, just made this usb disk. I did see under accounts that their was a place to enter info for a user, everything was blank, no name, no pic, BUT under password, their were 5 ***** <--- what the heck is that?? Finally found a way to boot back to my Windows 10 ......So now how do I fix this password issue???
    Even tho' I dual boot anyway I tried the live USB of Cinnamon Mint, logged out and after a while it timed out on the Lock screen and went back into Mint by itself. Also very top right is a small icon from where you can reboot, shutdown etc.

    Can be configured to your own taste. Here's mine.

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