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  1. Joined : Oct 2014
    Polk County Texas USA
    Posts : 11,723
    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       25 Jun 2015 #21

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Keys are easy to add, all you do is add a PID.txt file. The issue with that is though, once you do that you can then only use that install media on the one PC.

    They could code Windows 10 to look for OEM embedded keys like Windows 8 install media does. Then if it finds one it just uses it automatically. If non is present you get prompted to enter a key. You could use that thumb drive on multiple PC's with no issues.
    Sounds logical to me, Alpha. I have one Lexar flash drive that I use for clean installs of all my new Windows 10 builds. I just create the media over and over and over . . .
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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
    Polk County Texas USA
    Posts : 11,723
    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       25 Jun 2015 #22

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    I was going to nuke the factory install anyway, but had no choice when I swapped out my hard drive for an SSD. The drastic size difference meant cloning wouldn't work. I couldn't get it to work anyway, and wasn't long in giving up for a clean install. I wasn't an MVP then so finding an ISO was a pain. No such issues now though. I do all my installs from USB thumb drives. Its much faster than from optical media. It lets me easily customize my install media too. I have a custom dedicated thumb drive for each PC I own with its product code added along with custom OEM info for that PC. Plus, when the Windows 8.1 ISO is updated I just redo my thumb drives. No having to burn another DVD.
    I was contemplating an SSD drive too, but this desktop seems to boot so fast that I don't see any reason to go for SSD. The only thing I have on this computer so far that takes time to open is Outlook in Office 365. So I just run for my next cuppa and when I get back, I have all my emails ready to read.
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  3. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,212
    Windows 10 IoT
       25 Jun 2015 #23

    Wynona said: View Post
    I was contemplating an SSD drive too, but this desktop seems to boot so fast that I don't see any reason to go for SSD. The only thing I have on this computer so far that takes time to open is Outlook in Office 365. So I just run for my next cuppa and when I get back, I have all my emails ready to read.
    They make a big difference on a laptop. In many ways. Your typical laptop hard drive is only a slow 5400 RPM drive. Switching from one of those to an SSD is an eye opener. Plus SSD drives draw less power and generate less heat. Both of those add up to better battery life. Your cooling fan runs less. They are lighter and take the occasional bump in stride. No moving parts to get moved in the bump. No head crash etc. On a desktop it's just the speed increase you notice.
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  4.    25 Jun 2015 #24

    I'm glad this is happening, USB stick installation is so much faster than cd.
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  5. Joined : Nov 2013
    Idaho USA
    Posts : 4,534
    OS X, Win 10
       25 Jun 2015 #25

    Wynona said: View Post
    I've been using Rufus to create Windows 10 ISOs for quite awhile. I like it because it's simple to use.
    ~
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  6. Joined : Nov 2014
    Chicago
    Posts : 63
    Windows 10 PRO
       25 Jun 2015 #26

    I still use the "Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool". It still does a good job of burning Windows 7, 8 and 10 ISO's to flash drives.

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...load-tool.html
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  7. Joined : Jul 2014
    Belo Horizonte
    Posts : 710
    Windows 10 Build 14267
       25 Jun 2015 #27

    I prefer Rufus v2.2. It always saves the day !

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  8. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,212
    Windows 10 IoT
       25 Jun 2015 #28

    Doesn't the Windows 7 DVD Download tool format in NTFS? Many PC's wont let you do a UEFI install from an NTFS formatted thumb drive.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2014
    Polk County Texas USA
    Posts : 11,723
    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       25 Jun 2015 #29

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Doesn't the Windows 7 DVD Download tool format in NTFS? Many PC's wont let you do a UEFI install from an NTFS formatted thumb drive.
    You can create a bootable flash drive for either UEFI or legacy BIOS with Rufus, Alpha. Two of my PCs are UEFI and two are legacy BIOS.
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  10. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,212
    Windows 10 IoT
       25 Jun 2015 #30

    Wynona said: View Post
    You can create a bootable flash drive for either UEFI or legacy BIOS with Rufus, Alpha. Two of my PCs are UEFI and two are legacy BIOS.
    That's why I do it with diskpart, my thumb drives are good for both legacy and UEFI.
    select disk #
    clean
    create partition primary
    format fs=fat32 quick
    active
    assign
    list volume
    exit

    Then mount the iso and copy the files to the thumb drive.
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