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  1. SaggyMaggyPoo's Avatar
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       #220

    Thanks Shawn.

    And will the installation USB work on a Windows 7 machine or should I use Option 3 instead?

    (I hope the usb I've already made will work as we just spilt rum and coke on a couple of spare usbs ).
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  2. Cliff S's Avatar
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       #221

    @Brink there is a Beta Update to Rufus
    rufus-2.9_BETA.exe 09-May-2016 17:49 910K Rufus 2.9 BETA (PLEASE REPORT ANY ISSUE AND REMEMBER: THIS IS NOT A RELEASE)
    (I unlinked it so people download it at author's site)
    o Version 2.9 (2016.05.??)
    Add ARM support for UEFI:NTFS
    Fix UEFI:NTFS support for HP and Gigabyte firmwares (with thanks to Rod Smith and linnaea)
    Fix unwanted listing of some internal removable drives
    Fix missing default cluster size default on exFAT for >32GB drives
    Fix the non-removal of the commandline hogger in some corner cases
    Use "modern" file selection dialog on Vista or later (if you can spot the difference, good for you...)
    You can get it here: Index of /downloads
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       #222

    Thank you Cliff. :)
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  4. Cliff S's Avatar
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       #223

    Brink said:
    Thank you Cliff. :)
    You're welcome Shawn.
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  5. Cliff S's Avatar
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       #224

    RUFUS 2.9 has gone has gone out of beta, and is now the stable version.

    Version 2.9 (2016.05.17)
    • Add ARM support for UEFI:NTFS
    • Fix UEFI:NTFS support for some HP and Gigabyte platforms (with thanks to Rod Smithand linnaea)
    • Fix unwanted listing of some internal removable drives
    • Fix the resurgence of a possible Syslinux installation crash
    • Fix missing default cluster size default on exFAT for >32GB drives
    • Fix the non-removal of the commandline hogger in some corner cases
    • Use "modern" file selection dialog on Vista or later (if you can spot the difference, good for you...)

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  6. chiko's Avatar
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    Win 10
       #225

    Does this work on Windows 10?


    First I apologize for being lazy and not reading all the posts.

    I tried this process on Windows 10 as I am contemplating a re-install from Win 10 via Win 7 upgrade vs Win 10 pure. I was successful using the MediaCreationTool.EXE to download the files from MS and burn it to an 8GB USB stick. It completed successfully but the stick will not boot. I think I did a similar process to create my initial upgrade media from USB but it was before the Threshold update.

    Can you confirm that a USB stick created with Windows 10 + MediaCreationTool.EXE works as well?
    I have not tried the other permutations with ISO and USB. I think I know the BIOS setup of my PC well enough to get this to work. The USB is created OK, it just wont boot.

    Tomorrow I may try a USB Macrium stick to confirm that I am not missing something about how to boot from USB.
    This problem is becoming less urgent as my Win 10 is becoming much less terrible after I replaced a SATA cable. Before that I was getting weird mouse freeze issues.

    My only current problem is that Win10 will not consistently wake from hibernate and I usually have to push the reset button or full power OFF full Power ON.

    Thanks for your help. But summary is, "Does MCT work just as well in Win 10?"
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  7. Wynona's Avatar
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       #226

    chiko said:
    First I apologize for being lazy and not reading all the posts.

    I tried this process on Windows 10 as I am contemplating a re-install from Win 10 via Win 7 upgrade vs Win 10 pure. I was successful using the MediaCreationTool.EXE to download the files from MS and burn it to an 8GB USB stick. It completed successfully but the stick will not boot. I think I did a similar process to create my initial upgrade media from USB but it was before the Threshold update.
    I don't know why your USB stick won't boot, but I will tell you how I get mine to boot, just in case: Turn off the computer, plug in the USB stick and start the computer. Immediately start pounding on Escape until it asks you how you want to boot. Choose the USB stick and hit Enter. That's how it works with an HP machine; there are other keys for other machines.

    There is also a way to "mount" the ISO, which will eliminate the boot process I think (I've never done it).

    chiko said:
    Can you confirm that a USB stick created with Windows 10 + MediaCreationTool.EXE works as well?
    I have not tried the other permutations with ISO and USB. I think I know the BIOS setup of my PC well enough to get this to work. The USB is created OK, it just wont boot.
    Yes, I've done it many times. I've also created an ISO from the "install.esd" file and put it on the USB stick. A link for the ESD to ISO instructions is below.

    <snip>

    chiko said:
    My only current problem is that Win10 will not consistently wake from hibernate and I usually have to push the reset button or full power OFF full Power ON.
    Bummer, but I don't have that problem at all and never have. If you're an Insider and have updated your computer over many new builds a clean install is pretty much a requirement. It's a known fact that when you're upgrading a computer's OS, it can (and probably will) take on some of the bad habits the prior OS has/had.

    chiko said:
    Thanks for your help. But summary is, "Does MCT work just as well in Win 10?"
    MCT works just fine in Windows 10. However, if you haven't seen it yet, Build 14342 was released yesterday to the "slow ring", ISO to come. If it were me, I'd wait for the ISO. I'm not completely sure, but I believe that the MCT will only give you the latest "Retail" version of Windows 10: Build 10586.xxx. If that is the case, you'd have to install it, then let it upgrade to Build 14342, which would be a royal pain.

    BTW, you can "mount" the ISO and upgrade from there. I haven't done it, and probably never will, but a lot of folks upgrade that way. Someone else will have to point you to the instructions for mounting the ISO, though because . . .

    ESD to ISO: ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File - Windows 10 Forums
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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       #227

    Hello chiko, :)

    In addition to what Wynona posted above, you might also see if the tutorial below may be able to help.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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       #228

    I created a flash drive using the MCT. But when I boot my laptop using it and try to install Windows 10, it says it cannot do it because the drive is GPT. I thought the MCT could create a flash drive for GPT. The flash drive is formatted in FAT32. What do I need to do? Thanks
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  10. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #229

    Vincenzo said:
    I created a flash drive using the MCT. But when I boot my laptop using it and try to install Windows 10, it says it cannot do it because the drive is GPT. I thought the MCT could create a flash drive for GPT. The flash drive is formatted in FAT32. What do I need to do? Thanks
    Make sure you are booting the USB flash drive in UEFI mode, if the computer is capable from doing so. Look in the UEFI settings for CMS or legacy booting mode and turn that off. Or on the custom boot menu you might see something like "USB" and "UEFI USB". Make sure you pick the UEFI option.

    The flash drive is capable of both legacy and UEFI booting/installing. The mode that the computer boots the USB flash drive in determines the mode that Windows will be installed for.
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