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My problem with Partitions (video)

I suggest watching on YouTube, as you may not be able to see what's going on. Sorry for the vertical lines, I'm an idiot. Happy

The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 15 3521. The HDD is a Western Digital 500GiB.
I just thought it would be appropriate to include a video this time, of my problem. Thank you all, CNet mods and forum-goers!

Post was last edited on April 24, 2018 3:38 PM PDT

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That looks like one of those Pirate Windows installers.

In reply to: My problem with Partitions (video)

All bets are off here. Get to those that made this installer to see what to do next.

Note: After I saw that menu, I stopped. It's either a pirate system or something you don't get from the usual channels. Tell more.

As to partitions, this is easy. Start with none and just point the installer to the blank drive. The installer will do the rest.

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Microsoft's tryna get me arrested?

In reply to: That looks like one of those Pirate Windows installers.

The installation is actually from Microsoft's Media Creation Tool that you can download:
Microsoft Windows MCT for Win10.0

Going through the MCT, there is no option to select an HDD or anything, probably because I'm installing Win10 to a Thumb Drive. If you mean, on the laptop during the installation, how would I do that? Is there a Keyboard Shortcut to get there? Where would I go manually to get there?

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It's new to me.

In reply to: Microsoft's tryna get me arrested?

I think this is not the usual MCK (Microsoft Creation Kit.)

Now that's out of the way ONLY Microsoft Windows To Go installs to Thumb Drives. Nothing broke here. You just have the wrong Windows version.

This version is very expensive from what I hear.

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In reply to: It's new to me.

"Expensive" oh boy, no way am I using MCT ever again. I'm downloading MCK after I post this. What kind of "wrong version" do you mean? Like, wrong as in wrong media tool, or "you are trying to use Win10 on a Win8.1 Original" wrong version? Should I try Win8.1, because that was the original OS for that laptop?

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MCK, MCT I don't think any of those will be correct.

In reply to: Alright!

Google up "Windows To Go" and I think this is an Enterprise version (I'm going from memory here) but Windows 8.1 won't install to USB either. Maybe it's installer but not the OS.

Are you after some Dell OEM release? Oh wait, now that I've read your other post I have to walk back so much.

-> Windows 8.1 doesn't have digital entitlement so this is going to cost a lot more than if you order restore media from Dell or ask if Dell has the restore up on Digital River. Be sure to check Dell forums on this as last year I recall the restore media was up on Digital River for Dells. finds

But I'm not a Dell specialist. I only know "it's different" and order restore media because any other way is time consuming and we charge by the hour.

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Right now, I'm...

In reply to: MCK, MCT I don't think any of those will be correct.

I'm installing an ISO for Win8, instead of just extracting it immediately to a USB. I've got Windows To Go in a ISO to USB converter on my (working) PC, the same converter I used to extract DBaN (sucks that cleaning the HDD didn't work) Right now the install is at 30% complete, should be done by 7:57 PM EST.

Post was last edited on April 24, 2018 4:48 PM PDT

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I think I'm confused.

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To make a Windows install stick we use one of the .iso's and a guide. We can't unpack the .iso because we'll be missing the boot information on the stick.

To install Windows to some usb drive, there's only one supported version which is Windows To Go. There are unsupported ways to get Windows to run from USB but I can't go there. Folk might get the idea these should work. Sorry, nope. Those hacks are just that. Roll of the dice, flip of the coin as they say.

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So I'll install Windows To Go.

In reply to: I think I'm confused.

Is that an OS? Or is hearing "Windows" making me think it is an OS?

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Oh yeah, and...

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Looking into it, there may not be Digital Entitlement for Win8, but somehow this laptop is recognizing that it's OG OS was Windows 8, therefore I won't be needing a Product Key, because the laptop already has one remembered. Weird. :\

Post was last edited on April 24, 2018 4:55 PM PDT

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Sounds like progress

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Even if I'm a little confused about what you needed to do.

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