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  1. Wynona's Avatar
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       #250

    Clint said:
    Wynona, the way I read option 2 step-6 is UEFI and step 7 is Legacy BIOS. It takes two separate 4 gig USBs.
    I realize it says 4 gig; however, I've never been able to get a 4 gig USB to work; had to use 8 gig. And yes, you'd create them separately.

    Or, you can use Akeo's method to create them together; however, a 4 gig USB stick would most certainly be too small. BTW, Akeo is the author of Rufus and knows what he's talking about.

    Quoting Akeo:
    Dual BIOS/UEFI installation drives are disabled by default in Rufus, to prevent people realizing that they got through an install in BIOS mode when they wanted UEFI mode.

    However, if you really want, you can use the Alt-E shortcut in Rufus, to enable dual BIOS+UEFI mode. For more, please see the FAQ.
    I reiterate: click on the red font above for more. And the Rufus site is: Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
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  2. Clint's Avatar
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       #251

    Akeo said:
    Dual BIOS/UEFI installation drives are disabled by default in Rufus, to prevent people realizing that they got through an install in BIOS mode when they wanted UEFI mode.

    However, if you really want, you can use the Alt-E shortcut in Rufus, to enable dual BIOS+UEFI mode. For more, please see the FAQ.
    I used Rufus to create a dual boot windows 10 install 8 Gig flash drive. I used the secret alt+E shortcut. Anyone know what happened?
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    Last edited by Clint; 03 Oct 2016 at 06:38.
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  3. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #252

    Clint said:
    I used Rufus to create a dual boot windows 10 install flash drive. I used the secret alt+E shortcut. Anyone know what happened?
    Rufus is a waste of time.

    Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive

    Make sure to use FAT32 instead of NTFS:

    To create a bootable USB flash drive

    Insert a USB flash drive into a running computer.

    Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.

    Type diskpart.

    In the new command line window that opens, to determine the USB flash drive number or drive letter, at the command prompt, type list disk, and then click ENTER. The list disk command displays all the disks on the computer. Note the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive.

    At the command prompt, type select disk <X>, where X is the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive, and then click ENTER.

    Type clean, and the click ENTER. This command deletes all data from the USB flash drive.

    To create a new primary partition on the USB flash drive, type create part pri, and then click ENTER.

    To select the partition that you just created, type select part 1, and then click ENTER.

    If your server platform supports Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), you should format the USB flash drive as FAT32 rather than as NTFS. To format the partition as FAT32, type format fs=fat32 quick, and then click ENTER.

    Type active, and then click ENTER.

    Type exit, and then click ENTER.

    When you finish preparing your custom image, save it to the root of the USB flash drive.

    Then just mount the Windows installation ISO file and copy all the files and folders from the mounted ISO file to the USB flash drive and you're done.
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  4. Akeo's Avatar
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       #253

    Ah shoot! This might be a bug I introduced with version 2.11.

    Please try with version 2.10 and see if that works better. If I can confirm the bug, I'll get it fixed in 2.12.

    You should however be able to get a dual UEFI/NTFS drive even if you select NTFS (and to those who may wonder about this, YES, it is perfectly possible to boot an NTFS volume from UEFI - you just need an UEFI NTFS driver, which Rufus can automatically install for you. That can be convenient if, for instance, you have a >4GB file on your ISO). Have you tried with NTFS?
    Last edited by Akeo; 03 Oct 2016 at 04:59.
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  5. Clint's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #254

    NavyLCDR said:
    Rufus is a waste of time.

    Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive

    Make sure to use FAT32 instead of NTFS:

    To create a bootable USB flash drive

    Insert a USB flash drive into a running computer.

    Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.

    Type diskpart.

    In the new command line window that opens, to determine the USB flash drive number or drive letter, at the command prompt, type list disk, and then click ENTER. The list disk command displays all the disks on the computer. Note the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive.

    At the command prompt, type select disk <X>, where X is the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive, and then click ENTER.

    Type clean, and the click ENTER. This command deletes all data from the USB flash drive.

    To create a new primary partition on the USB flash drive, type create part pri, and then click ENTER.

    To select the partition that you just created, type select part 1, and then click ENTER.

    If your server platform supports Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), you should format the USB flash drive as FAT32 rather than as NTFS. To format the partition as FAT32, type format fs=fat32 quick, and then click ENTER.

    Type active, and then click ENTER.

    Type exit, and then click ENTER.

    When you finish preparing your custom image, save it to the root of the USB flash drive.

    Then just mount the Windows installation ISO file and copy all the files and folders from the mounted ISO file to the USB flash drive and you're done.
    Will this create a dual boot (UEFI and Legacy BIOS both)?
    Last edited by Clint; 05 Oct 2016 at 16:29.
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  6. Cliff S's Avatar
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       #255

    Rufus 2.12 BETA is out: Index of /downloads
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21359
    Thread Starter
       #256

    Thank you Cliff. :)
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  8. Cliff S's Avatar
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       #257

    Cliff S said:
    Rufus 2.12 BETA is out: Index of /downloads
    Brink said:
    Thank you Cliff. :)
    You're welcome Shawn.

    I thought to take a look today(I haven't checked for betas in a while).
    And find out after coming home from work just now, the beta I reported, this morning my time, is now the finale.:)
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    Thread Starter
       #258

    Even better. :)
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  10. Cliff S's Avatar
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       #259

    Rufus 2.12 final is out:
    Version 2.12 (2017.01.27)
    • Add Hebrew translation, courtesy of NSBuilder and פלוני אלמוני
    • Add a cheat mode (Alt-O) to create an ISO from the first optical media found
    • Enable target system selection for Windows To Go
    • Enable NTFS selection for Syslinux 6.x (EXPERIMENTAL)
    • Fix an issue that allowed BIOS target selection with pure UEFI images
    • Fix license display for RTL languages
    • Update Grub4DOS and FreeDOS to latest
    • Additional fixes and improvements
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