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  1. reddwarf4ever's Avatar
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       #140

    Brink said:
    Hello Steve, :)

    It's not quite automatic, but the tutorial below can help show you how to boot from the USB.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
    had thought that when Microsoft created Windows 10 installation media to a USB pen, that the PC would then boot from this pen and begin the installation process.
    But it now seems a ' bootable ' USB pen must be created first with ' rufus or a similar tool' adding the Windows 10 ISO in the process, thus creating a truly bootable USB media.....is this assumption correct ?
    Also installing Windows 10 in such a way requires a product key, if the PC has nort been upgraded to windos 10 previously, even if there s a qualifying OS present, are all these assumptions correct.

    thanks
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  2. Wynona's Avatar
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       #141

    reddwarf4ever said:
    had thought that when Microsoft created Windows 10 installation media to a USB pen, that the PC would then boot from this pen and begin the installation process.
    But it now seems a ' bootable ' USB pen must be created first with ' rufus or a similar tool' adding the Windows 10 ISO in the process, thus creating a truly bootable USB media.....is this assumption correct ?
    Also installing Windows 10 in such a way requires a product key, if the PC has nort been upgraded to windos 10 previously, even if there s a qualifying OS present, are all these assumptions correct.

    thanks
    The media creation tool is bootable when it's finished.

    I'm not sure if it's specific to Windows or just to my HP OEM machines, but when using the media creation tool or a bootable USB Flash Drive, I have to hit Esc continually until I'm taken to a "BIOS" screen that allows me to choose how I boot. In my case, I press F9 and then choose whether to boot normally or with the USB drive.

    This could be what's causing your confusion.

    Also, FYI, currently the media creation tool will only install Windows 10 Build 10240 RTM.

    If you want to create a bootable USB Flash Drive with the current ISO on it, yes, Rufus should work well for you.

    I used the media creation tool to upgrade my systems from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 RTM.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       #142

    Steve,

    The USB will be bootable when created. However, you would still need to use an option in the tutorial below to boot from it. :)

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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  4. Wynona's Avatar
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    Windows 10 2404 Build 19042.867
       #143

    Brink said:
    Steve,

    The USB will be bootable when created. However, you would still need to use an option in the tutorial below to boot from it. :)

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
    Wow, thanks, Sean! I learn something new every day! I l followed the instructions for Option 1 and that's nice! I'll try that when I clean install Build 10586, but I'm not quite ready yet; still some testing to do.
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       #144

    I'm glad it could help Wynona. Please feel free to ask questions until you do feel comfortable. :)
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  6. chemie's Avatar
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       #145

    post TH2, the pictures on this thread look different....specifically, I could only choose editions of "Windows 10" (not home or Pro)?
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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       #146

    Thank you Chemie. :)

    I've been having fun getting everything updated, but it has now been updated.
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  8. reddwarf4ever's Avatar
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    windows 10 PRO
       #147

    Wynona said:
    The media creation tool is bootable when it's finished.

    I'm not sure if it's specific to Windows or just to my HP OEM machines, but when using the media creation tool or a bootable USB Flash Drive, I have to hit Esc continually until I'm taken to a "BIOS" screen that allows me to choose how I boot. In my case, I press F9 and then choose whether to boot normally or with the USB drive.

    This could be what's causing your confusion.

    Also, FYI, currently the media creation tool will only install Windows 10 Build 10240 RTM.

    If you want to create a bootable USB Flash Drive with the current ISO on it, yes, Rufus should work well for you.

    I used the media creation tool to upgrade my systems from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 RTM.
    if the windows media creation tool only installs build 10240 then I would have thought the iSO download would be the same version. a a rufus created USB pen would still be build 10240 per am I missing something ?

    thanks
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21359
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       #148

    reddwarf4ever said:
    if the windows media creation tool only installs build 10240 then I would have thought the iSO download would be the same version. a a rufus created USB pen would still be build 10240 per am I missing something ?

    thanks
    It should be for the new TH2 version 1511 build 10586 now. :)
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  10. chemie's Avatar
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    Win10
       #149

    Brink said:
    Thank you Chemie. :)

    I've been having fun getting everything updated, but it has now been updated.
    OK, but how do I select Pro?

    Also, I tried to confirm the version using the tip here:ISO - See what Language, Edition, and Architecture of Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    and got Error 11 - incorrect format
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