usb boot media install question

  KEITH 1955 21:34 28 Nov 2018

I have an expensive custom games rig that came with w10 installed and I got the w10 disc as well . I have just replaced a budget spare pc from the same company , it came with w10 installed but no disc , I presume this was because this pc only cost £500.

So this is my problem , the booklet for the budget rig says download w10 to a usb stick to reinstall windows if you cant do a repair. I use the Microsoft website as shown in the book , the mystery is this , the book says use a pen with at least 4 gb on empty spare , I downloaded the boot media just in case I ever need to use it but the thing that puzzles me is the download is 4mb and not 4 gb and the folder is not compressed so what exactly do I have on this pen now.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 08:29 29 Nov 2018

Agree with rdave make a system image or back up the whole drive to an external source you can be up and running again in less than 30 minutes.

A win 10 USB install can be useful if you just want to make repairs but as MS make upgrades to the system you regularly need to keep downloading and remaking the USb iso.

  KEITH 1955 18:22 29 Nov 2018

thanks dave I already put that program link on a pen what puzzled me was the download is only 18mb but I read it needs a 4gb pen

  Flat Earther 19:33 29 Nov 2018

"the download is only 18mb"

You've only downloaded the Media Creation Tool. You need to run the tool and select "Create installation media for another PC"

  KEITH 1955 19:42 29 Nov 2018

high flat earther , excuse me for sounding dumb do you mean that when you choose create for another pc you should run the program on another pc to prepare media create ready to boot on a pc that is currently unusable , I read somewhere you need to input the id number of the windows program.

  Flat Earther 20:00 29 Nov 2018

It creates a bootable USB for use on any PC.

  Flat Earther 21:19 29 Nov 2018

Matt Bianco, that's an old version from 2016, the current tool downloads Home/Pro/Education together along with the N versions, you can choose 32/64bit or have both, so good for any PC, as mentioned.

  Flat Earther 22:08 29 Nov 2018

Matt, if you select "I don't have a product key" during the setup you can install any version you want from the USB.

  KEITH 1955 23:32 29 Nov 2018

many thanks dave your last post explained what I needed to know

  KEITH 1955 12:11 01 Dec 2018

Hi dave sorry to be a pain but I have 1 last question , I understand all your above posting but their is one last thing I am unclear on.

When you run the tool does it put the creation media onto the pen ready to use if you ever have to re-install windows or does the program run straight away.

I ask this because obviously I don't want to run it on a pc that does not have a problem.

  lotvic 12:43 01 Dec 2018

When you run the tool it does not start to install W10, it creates a bootable copy of W10 onto the pen ready to use if you ever have to re-install windows. Think of it in the same way as burning data to a cd/dvd.

As per Flat Earther said

It creates a bootable USB for use on any PC.

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