[SOLVED] Win 10 Automatic Repair Loop

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I built a WIndows machine a few years ago and all was working well until I moved. Win10 goes into a repair loop and I have tried several things (unable to reset the image either locally or in cloud. Scans from command prompt indicate the HD is good.) and arrived at the end of my wits. I have only one PC and Mac Air and want to create a Win10 boot disk on my Mac Air.....or I see Amazon sells them. Any recommendations? I tried PassFab 4Winkey app on the Mac, it seems to hang and not burn completely. f I can get access wot a Win machine, where is the best place to go to get a bootable image Win10?
 

Colif

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I managed to create several bootable Windows 10 USBs on Mac (Mojave, Catalina and Big Sur) in recent years. Here are my thoughts.

If you are using a newer Windows 10 ISO (after version 201809), then UUByte ISO Editor is the best app for creating a bootable USB on Mac. It automatically splits the large ISO file into small parts so the Windows installation files can be sit on a FAT32 partition, which is the only working file system supported by Mac for Windows install. Also, this app works on latest Big Sur and M1 Mac as just tested it on a M1 MacBook Air with macOS Big Sur 11.5.

Here is a nice tutorial for creating bootable USB on Mac: https://www.uubyte.com/create-bootable-usb-with-windows-iso.html

If you are using an old version of Windows 10 ISO, then Boot Camp Assistant can help you get this done easily. It is a built-in free app shipped with macOS by default. However, this feature is removed from Boot Camp app on macOS Big Sur. You can still use this app for creating bootable Windows USB on Catalina and Mojave as far as I know.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/answers/questions/296171/how-to-create-a-windows-10-bootable-usb-from-iso-o.html


f I can get access wot a Win machine, where is the best place to go to get a bootable image Win10?
download the Windows 10 media creation tool and use it to make a win 10 installer on USB

if there is anything on PC you want to save
boot from installer
  • on screen after languages, choose repair this pc, not install.
  • choose troubleshoot
  • choose advanced
  • choose command prompt
  • type notepad and press enter
  • in notepad, select file>open
  • Use file explorer to copy any files you need to save to USB or another hdd
follow this guide: https://forums.tomshardware.com/faq/how-to-do-a-clean-installation-of-windows-10.3170366/
 

Colif

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Jun 12, 2015
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I managed to create several bootable Windows 10 USBs on Mac (Mojave, Catalina and Big Sur) in recent years. Here are my thoughts.

If you are using a newer Windows 10 ISO (after version 201809), then UUByte ISO Editor is the best app for creating a bootable USB on Mac. It automatically splits the large ISO file into small parts so the Windows installation files can be sit on a FAT32 partition, which is the only working file system supported by Mac for Windows install. Also, this app works on latest Big Sur and M1 Mac as just tested it on a M1 MacBook Air with macOS Big Sur 11.5.

Here is a nice tutorial for creating bootable USB on Mac: https://www.uubyte.com/create-bootable-usb-with-windows-iso.html

If you are using an old version of Windows 10 ISO, then Boot Camp Assistant can help you get this done easily. It is a built-in free app shipped with macOS by default. However, this feature is removed from Boot Camp app on macOS Big Sur. You can still use this app for creating bootable Windows USB on Catalina and Mojave as far as I know.
https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/answers/questions/296171/how-to-create-a-windows-10-bootable-usb-from-iso-o.html


f I can get access wot a Win machine, where is the best place to go to get a bootable image Win10?
download the Windows 10 media creation tool and use it to make a win 10 installer on USB

if there is anything on PC you want to save
boot from installer
  • on screen after languages, choose repair this pc, not install.
  • choose troubleshoot
  • choose advanced
  • choose command prompt
  • type notepad and press enter
  • in notepad, select file>open
  • Use file explorer to copy any files you need to save to USB or another hdd
follow this guide: https://forums.tomshardware.com/faq/how-to-do-a-clean-installation-of-windows-10.3170366/
 

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