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How to Create bootable flashdrive for windows 10 ISO?

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Since I ran into problem with restoring Windows 10 during the restore process.  I wish to learn how to create a flashdrive which can boot or install windows.      .
I ran into a problem.
I downloaded the following two files into a flash drive (H-drive).

 9663HA00_W10x64ROW_home(DL)_v3.iso
 DellOSRecoveryTool.msi

After plugin another empty flash drive (F-drive) to the computer,
I clicked DellOSRecoveryTool.msi.  It prompted to find destintation folder (see the attachment).
But the screen does not show F-flashdrive where I want to create the recovery media.
It looks like I got to install it onto Program Files (x86)\Dell \OS Recovery Tool.
Am I missing?

 

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Jorge, there are a number of utility programs that can create a bootable USB stick from an ISO image file.

See ISO to USB or Rufus or you can simply use the Microsoft Windows Media Creation tool which can create either a DVD or USB stick install media.

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Rufus would be the best tool to work with the ISO file you currently have.

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I've been using Rufus much less lately. It no longer lets me use fat32 for Windows ISOs and forced NTFS. Problem with that is that the uefi menu doesn't show up if I leave it as mbr, which I want so the flash drive works on both legacy and uefi systems. I can only use Rufus to create a NTFS uefi GPT windows installer USB drive or a fat32 legacy mbr drive. The default windows media creation tool still builds it as fat32 mbr but it boots on both legacy and uefi systems so not sure why Rufus is forcing it to be built differently.

i wonder if this could be another reason some Rufus users have recovery issues if their system is uefi but only able to boot legacy because they picked NTFS mbr for legacy or uefi, which may not actually be uefi bootable in that configuration. 

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Yeah Bobbo, I do not use Rufus either these days preferring RMPrepUSB tool instead.  For this user however, given what he is attempting, Rufus I think would fill the need, easy enough to use and will create a bootable OEM Windows 10 ISO on a USB flash drive.

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I hope so, that's the scenario that left me scratching my head. In the past, I had been able to specifically pick MBR for legacy or UEFI and FAT32.  Now, it only lets you pick NTFS.  My motherboard will not list a UEFI option if I build it with MBR for legacy or UEFI and NTFS - I only get a legacy mode so then I can't install the OS in UEFI with that USB drive. 

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Copied from the Rufus site:

Notes on UEFI & GPT support:

Since version 1.3.2, Rufus support UEFI as well as GPT for installation media, meaning that it will allow you to install Windows 7, Windows 8 or Linux in full EFI mode.
However, Windows Vista or later is required for full UEFI/GPT support. Because of OS limitations, Windows XP restricts the creation of UEFI bootable drives to MBR mode.

 

I wonder if the app expects a Windows XP ISO for an MBR creation?

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Yeah, not sure.  You can definitely create a GPT UEFI / NTFS or a Legacy MBR only drive with Rufus, but for me, it has to be one or the other now.  Because of that, Rufus no longer has a place for me.  I've been formatting flash drives with RMPREP and then just extracting ISO content to them and that seems to work fine.

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Yes, that is what I do.  I especially like the way the RMPrep tool prepares a flash drive and performs a format. 

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Ditto to that!

It has allowed me to take things further for my own personal IT USB drives by then applying EasyBCD for modifying Legacy boot menus and Bootice by Pauly for modifying UEFI boot menus so that I've bene able to add multiple .wim files to a single USB flash drive and accessibility to all of them via both legacy and/or UEFI menus of each tool.  

I'm actually using a 128Gb SandDisk Ulstra Fit with about 14 different .wim files and not having the 32Gb limitation going this route.  I was able to recently add both x86 and x64 versions of Windows 1607 and 1703 to it as well and now I have a truly universal, single USB flash drive.

I only have to carry extra ones around for other Linux distro's and/or Mac OS installers, but cut down my WinPE flash drives considerably.  

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Nice, RMPrep is certainly a professional grade tool.  I thought I was alone in using it here, glad to know I am not!

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Sometimes,the Rufus didn't work on my Windows 10 computer,a bootable USB made with it didn't work,i also tried some methods on Internet before, this tutorial can help you for it.