Creating Windows 10 clone to flash drive

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Wheyech, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. Wheyech

    Wheyech Registered Member

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    Hi,

    I have windows 7. My plan is to make clean install Windows 10 USB flash drive install media.
    First I format/empty my SSD drive, then I will clean install Windows 7.
    After that, I wait for possibility to install Windows 10 from windowsupdate.
    I install Windows 10, and make bootable clone of it to USB flash drive.

    I want to create Windows 10 install media for USB drive, that is the idea. To use it for clean installs.

    It this possible with EaseUS Todo Backup Free?
    Please advice.
     
  2. Brian K

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    Maybe I've misunderstood but you can download a Win10 ISO and make a Win10 bootable USB flash drive with Rufus. Clean installs can be done using the UFD.
     
  3. Rolo42

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    To do it the OPs way, you need the ESD-to-ISO utility to create a bootable install medium on a flash drive. An easier way is what @Brian K said: just download the ISO and convert it to the flash drive.

    If you wait until build 10565 is released, you can just use your Win7/8 key to activate 10 without going through upgrade/activation/wipe/reactivation shenanigans.
     
  4. TheRollbackFrog

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    The Windows 10 ISO creation tool may be found HERE...

    ..and as Rolo42 says, you cannot CLEAN INSTALL a Win10 ISO without an ACTIVATION code until the release of the new build. You have to go through a Win7/Win8 upgrade/activation before you can CLEAN INSTALL the Win10 ISO and wind up with an activated version.... unless, of course, there's a Win10 "activator" (illegal) that works out in the wild.
     
  5. Brian K

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  6. Wheyech

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    Thanks for answers.

    It seems that MS wants us to buy installation media from them?
    To prevent people from making our own? (or make it complex thing to do for normal user.)
     
  7. Wheyech

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    Can I use my genuine Windows 7 license with it directly?
     
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  8. Brian K

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    Not yet but see Post #3. Note, Win10 will have to be installed on the computer that previously ran Win7/8. You won't be able to install and activated Win10 to "new" hardware.
     
  9. Wheyech

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    Reason why I want to create install flash drive, is that after 29 July 2016
    free upgrade possibility will expire.

    And I have to buy Windows 10, if I want to clean install.
     
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  10. TheRollbackFrog

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    Wheyech, there are no free lunches with MicroSloth except that which is offered between now and 29 July 2016... after that you will pay for a license once again. You cannot "save" a FREE install.

    You may easily create the required ISO/DVD to be used for a clean install of Win10 but it will not be activated after the date above when you use it... you will need a new license.
     
  11. Wheyech

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    What a disappointment :doubt:
     
  12. Rolo42

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    Why horde it rather than use it? If you don't like it, you can always downlevel.
     
  13. Wheyech

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    Thats true, Windows 7 is excellent OS.

    Why horde ... <-- hoard ?
     
  14. Rolo42

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    Hoard, yes, heh. I haven't played WoW in years and yet I still have some side-effects apparently!

    After using 10 for a while, 7 definitely shows its age.
     
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