[SOLVED] Win 10 Clean Install: Cannot run Media Creation tool

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dg27

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Well, sure.
But why the MCT cannot be used is a different thing. And a very weird thing.

Any fully running Win 10 OS should be able to use that, and create a valid Win 10 USB to install from.
I'm running Windows 7, not 10.

I spent over four hours Googling this and trying anything that was suggested and nothing worked. I just want to wipe that drive with a clean install and move on.

I'm off for President's Day tomorrow; that's why I planned this for this weekend. This is the machine I use for both business and personal. I've got to be up and running tomorrow and back in business on Tuesday...

Thanks for all your help.
 

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I spent all day trying to get it to work. I'll need a retail disc and paid license anyway for my wife, so this seems to be the fastest solution.

Thanks for all your sage advice--it's been very helpful.
 

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I noticed you said you formatted your USB with FAT; do you really mean FAT32? I would try NTFS. The reality is the MCT will reformat the USB anyway, but there may be some conflict with FAT. Also make sure you are using a USB 2.0 port, and make sure you Windows date and time is correct. BTW, there is no need to buy a Windows 10 install media with a product key. All that is needed is the install media which is much more inexpensive. eg https://www.ebay.com/itm/Windows-10-USB-Bootable-Flash-Drive-Install-Recovery-Repair-64bit-Home-Pro-Ver/163960074224?hash=item262cc82ff0:g:v~sAAOSwADVd21CR
 
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Yes, I meant FAT32 and it's USB 2.0. I'll check the Windows time/date.

I'm also wondering the Windows Update setting need to be set to automatic. None of my machines are set to automatiic, always notify and let me choose to download.

Regarding the product key, I will need to buy one, so I can upgrade my wife from Home to Pro.

Thanks.
 

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When I said USB 2.0, I meant the ports of your PC. Most have both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports (the 3.0 ports are blue). Make sure you are using a 2.0 port. Yes, you will then need another COA.
Yes--I was using USB 2.0 ports, which are all that are native on my motherboard.

I put this install on hold at least till the weekend; need to sort out which disk I will buy. Concerned whether retail OEM has a key I use for my wife's machine, but that I can use for other machines with their own unique keys (like mine). MS has made this very confusing.

Thanks for all your help.
 

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Well after struggling to use the MCT on my desktop and getting nowhere, I decided to try it on my wife's desktop and it worked!

Would just like to confirm that the total size should be 4 GB (I thought it would be closer to 8). The USB was renamed "ESD-USB." Does this sound right?
 

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Well after struggling to use the MCT on my desktop and getting nowhere, I decided to try it on my wife's desktop and it worked!

Would just like to confirm that the total size should be 4 GB (I thought it would be closer to 8). The USB was renamed "ESD-USB." Does this sound right?
Yes, that sounds just right.

MS recommends an 8GB USB, because some "4GB" USB's will struggle at that last little bit.
 
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Thanks for confirming. On Saturday I'll [hopefully] get Pro installed on my machine.

I've noticed symptoms of my current Win 7 Pro install misbehaving (which may have been related to being unable to run the MCT).

Thanks for all your help.
 

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