sportsfan6
2 Iron

Using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB flash drive?

Hi,

I have a couple of questions. I have an Inspiron 5758 laptop with UEFI.

1. If I create a bootable USB flash drive for a Windows 10 clean installation using the Media Creation Tool ..will I have any problems with Secure Boot being enabled when i install Windows 10 with the created USB? (I don't really want to be messing around in the BIOS disabling Secure Boot) Ive read that if you format the USB to FAT32 before downloading and using the Media Creation Tool that everything will be OK. The article I read said that it stops the Media Creation tool from attempting to Format the USB with NTFS. It said that was what used to cause the Secure Boot issue. Does anybody know if this is correct or not? I would prefer to use the Media Creation Tool method as long as it works with Secure Boot enabled rather than using Rufus...if it works correctly?

2. For future reference..Can you use the created Windows 10 UEFI bootable USB flash drive to directly replace damaged or corrupted files?..i.e if Sfc and DISM don't work? Years ago if you had a missing or corrupted system file you could repair/replace it by putting in the Windows installation disc and it would copy it directly from there...or cant that be done anymore with a USB flash drive?

Thanks

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LSUFAN51
5 Rhenium

RE: Using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB flash drive?

After you have created the bootable flash drive, use the F12 key to boot the drive. Please follow steps below:

1. Power on  the system, wait a few minutes and then insert the window 10 bootable flash drive into a USB port.

2. Power off system.

3. Power the computer on, quickly start tapping the F12 key continuously until you see Preparing one time boot menu.

4. At the boot menu, select the bootable flash drive under UEFI BOOT, see image below:

Dell Inspiron 3543

LSUFAN51
5 Rhenium

RE: Using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB flash drive?

In the windows setup, select your keyboard language, see image below:

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LSUFAN51
5 Rhenium

RE: Using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB flash drive?

You could either install windows 10 again or use the Repair Your Computer option:

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LSUFAN51
5 Rhenium

RE: Using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB flash drive?

The Repair Your Computer option will provide tools to troubleshoot system You could use the Command Prompt to run sfc/scannow and DISM, see image below:

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rotational
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RE: Using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB flash drive?

1. In my experience, the initial formatting of the USB drive is not relevant.  I've never paid close attention to whether the drive was FAT32 or NTFS before using the MS Media Creation Tool, and have never had an issue with either standard BIOS or UEFI systems.  That said my sticks are normally formatted NTFS.  The MCT should re-format and partition the stick appropriately.

Secure Boot will not be an issue (enabled).  If you are unsure about the state of the BIOS, do a factory reset on the BIOS settings and then go through and tweak them to your liking.  Make sure your SATA controller is in the correct/preferred mode (AHCI/RAID) before you install Windows.

I've used Rufus for Windows as well, in which case you'll need to explicitly choose GPT partitioning if you are installing on a UEFI system.  I did not have success using the "MBR for BIOS/UEFI" option on a UEFI system with large drives.

2. Yes, in fact I used my Win10 install stick to fix some corrupted file permissions just last week.

I'd suggest having the latest "F6" driver available on the USB stick during Windows install (most likely Intel Rapid Storage Technology).  I'd also suggest that during the Windows, after loading the Intel RST F6 driver, to delete any existing partitions on your system disk and then install Windows to the empty drive.  That will allow Windows to correctly partition out the disk for you.

Good luck!

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sportsfan6
2 Iron

RE: Using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB flash drive?

Thanks LSUFAN51 and Rotational for your feedback/help...its much appreciated. The only time I have done a clean Windows 10 installation I used Rufus and everything went OK..I was told there would definitely be no problems with secure boot with Rufus ..so that's why I went with that method. I haven't done anything to the BIOS since I bought the laptop..everything is set to factory defaults.

Now the Creators Update is out I want to do a clean installation and I would like to try it with the Microsoft Media Creation Tool which would cut out the need for Rufus if it works.

I'm not sure what you mean by having the latest "F6" drivers on the USB stick during install...is that necessary? I do know that after my previous Win10 clean installation..I went straight to the Dell site to update drivers and an Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver was updated from there. Also I always delete all the existing partitions until the drive is all listed as Unallocated space

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shoffmeister
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RE: Using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB flash drive?

The easiest approach is to

* use the media creation tool to, well, create the media (this can be a USB hard disk, too, FWIW); this makes all data available offline on the disk

* while still logged into the existing Windows 10 installation, run setup.exe from that very media

This will give you all options - including a "Keep nothing" installation, which does what it says.

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rotational
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RE: Using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB flash drive?

Hi there,

I checked your laptop specs and Windows 10 will have your initial SATA driver already (in old versions of Windows when installing, you would have to hit F6 when prompted for a disk controller driver...Intel still calls it the "F6" driver haha).  So you don't have to worry about that...Just creating the stick with the MCT will be all you need to install successfully.  Install the Intel RST and your other drivers from Dell's website as normal after installing.

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sportsfan6
2 Iron

RE: Using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB flash drive?

Hi Rotational. Thanks for checking out my laptop specs. That's good to know that I wont encounter any problems with SATA driver :-)

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