Windows 10: Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 14,261
    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       24 Sep 2015 #100

    donetao said: View Post
    Hi! I'm totally confused! I though this thread was about creating a USB with W10 on it!
    I follower this tutorial by Brink. I used a 16GB PNY flash. I had no trouble at all. The USB works great. I also made a DVD with W10 on it and had no problems. Sorry if I'm out of line!!
    PS I don't know why you would want to keep recovery partitions that are no longer needed!! It has been my experience that not all makes of flash drives will work. I have found that PNY is my best choice for these kind of things!!

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2376-usb-flash-drive-create-install-windows-10-a.html

    Same here. But I use el Cheapo Lexar and they're great. I have four 8 GB ones that I sort of rotate and I have some 16 GBs and a couple of 32 GB ones. I've never had to format any of them; I use Rufus and he formats 'em for me.
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  2.    24 Sep 2015 #101

    I've never had to format any of them; I use Rufus and he formats 'em for me.
    I have never had the need to use Rufus. I guess I should give it a look. I have always just used disk manager to format my drives and DVD's
    I created the USB and DVD with W10 on them and they both work great. Rufus looks a little more complicated. I like simple.
    KISS! LOL For me I have found that cheap is not the way to go for these things ; but if they work, why not save a couple bucks!
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  3.    24 Sep 2015 #102

    Hi Wynona! Don't want to get to far off topic, but I just use disk management to format my DVD's and flash drives. So far it's always worked for me. Just right click and format.
    Brink may have further comments if he's watching this thread. This is the way I learn new things! Once again my attachment didn't post. Don't know why??? Must be some thing to do with my post count??
    Maybe Brink will fix my attachment
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  4.    24 Sep 2015 #103

    I made a couple of noob mistakes, I never dealed with this, so I had to learn the hard way.

    First, check 2 times Partition scheme and target system type. Second, after fighting with my Dell, I forgot to restore the boot option to UEFI. Once I did that I was able to install.

    Thanks for your comments.
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  5. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       25 Sep 2015 #104

    I ran into a hiccup when doing this, but sorted it out and thought I would share in case anyone else is having a similar issue.

    I already upgraded from Win 7 32 bit to Win 10 32 bit, and now I aim to do a clean install and switch it to Win 10 64 bit. I only have one hard drive and it is MBR, and my current setup is a Legacy/BIOS boot, though the hardware *would* support EUFI and GPT, should I chose to mess around with the settings.

    1. I created a USB install of the proper ISO downloaded from Microsoft following the guide's advice for a Legacy install.
    2. Upon reboot, I was given the option to boot from USB by pressing any button.
    3. My screen flashed once, and then my pre-existing Windows 10 32 bit loaded like normal.
    3.a I repeated the process, with the same results
    3.b Windows 10 that is booting in Legacy mode does not have the option to boot from recovery media in the Settings->Recovery, so I was out of luck.
    4. Just for fun, I created a boot USB using the settings for UEFI and GPT, as expected, my computer did not even recognize it during boot.

    At this point, the only thing I can think to do is to use Rufus to create a USB that will boot into Open DOS, and and then include an unpacked version of all of the install files on the root of the drive, and to go from there.

    However, before going that route, I thought of one more thing to try. I recently flashed my bios with an unlocked version that gave me access to the Advanced menus. I wanted to disable Hyper-threading, as it does not serve a very useful purpose given the hardware I was working with (and the ways in which I used that hardware). In addition to a small amount of (potential) performance improvement, this actually consumes less battery and allows the machine to run a little cooler. The new BIOS, obviously, has a lot of various settings, most of which I have no idea what they do and was not interested in playing with. All I did was turn off hyper-threading. I did also notice that there was a new USB Boot options menu and within that menu Legacy was enabled, and I left it that way. However, there were a lot of other settings, and I thought maybe something that is turned on by default in the OEM BIOS was turned off (or vice versa) in this unlocked BIOS. So I re-flashed the BIOS with the original / OEM BIOS, and...

    Voila!

    Using the original Legacy boot USB I created, it booted no problem and is currently in the process of the install.

    I do not know what setting was tweaked by switching to the Unlocked BIOS. If I can figure it out I will probably unlock again, as I would like any performance enhancement I can get as well as battery life (and given the hardware there is nothing else I can upgrade, save buying a new machine). If I cannot figure it out then I do not want to be in a position where I can not easily boot from a USB should something go bottom up, so in that case I will leave it alone...

    In any case, that was the difficulty (of my own design) that I encountered during the Installation from USB, and the way I fixed it, in case any one else is experiencing something similar.
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    MS Windows 10 Pro - Perm Activation of 10585
       25 Sep 2015 #105

    Save this info for next upgrade... Thanks.. cliff M.
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  7. Posts : 2,016
    MS Windows 10 Pro - Perm Activation of 10585
       25 Sep 2015 #106

    donetao said: View Post
    Hi! I'm totally confused! I though this thread was about creating a USB with W10 on it!
    I follower this tutorial by Brink. I used a 16GB PNY flash. I had no trouble at all. The USB works great. I also made a DVD with W10 on it and had no problems. Sorry if I'm out of line!!
    PS I don't know why you would want to keep recovery partitions that are no longer needed!! It has been my experience that not all makes of flash drives will work. I have found that PNY is my best choice for these kind of things!!

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2376-usb-flash-drive-create-install-windows-10-a.html

    Thanks for your comments about making the USB file. Cliff M.
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  8. Posts : 14,261
    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       25 Sep 2015 #107

    donetao said: View Post
    I have never had the need to use Rufus. I guess I should give it a look. I have always just used disk manager to format my drives and DVD's
    I created the USB and DVD with W10 on them and they both work great. Rufus looks a little more complicated. I like simple.
    KISS! LOL For me I have found that cheap is not the way to go for these things ; but if they work, why not save a couple bucks!
    Absolutely nothing could be simpler than using Rufus to create a bootable USB. As far as I know, you can't format anything but a USB stick with Rufus. I no longer use DVDs for bootable media since I learned about Rufus.
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  9.    27 Sep 2015 #108

    Before seeing this tutorial, I usually used the freeware ISO2Disc to make a Windows installation USB, that works as similar as Rufus mentioned in Option Two.
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  10. Posts : 14,261
    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       27 Sep 2015 #109

    joya said: View Post
    Before seeing this tutorial, I usually used the freeware ISO2Disc to make a Windows installation USB, that works as similar as Rufus mentioned in Option Two.
    Rufus is also freeware, Joya.

    I'm getting ready to create an ISO from ESD and then, using Rufus, I'll create the USB stick. I'll time myself, just to see how long it takes.
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