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Problem: I have a messy old Windows installation, and I want to reinstall it from scratch. However, I own Windows 8, applied the Windows 8.1 upgrade, and then got the free upgrade to Windows 10. I don't have a Windows 10 installation disk.

I don't want a new disk, I want a USB stick.

I don't want Windows itself booting from a USB stick, just the installer on it.

Update: The solution is probably to get the ISO then use Ventoy.

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Used for preparing a LiveUSB for Linux distributions' .ISO files. Instead of using a CD or DVD, use a USB stick.

Use UNetbootin instead. Although doing the same thing (un7zipping), unetbootin works MUCH faster.

Universal-USB-Installer- - May 14, 2015

  • 2015-05-14 - DO NOT USE . Whatever process this uses takes motherfucking forever to prepare a USB stick. un7zipping a moderate-sized distribution's ISO is a good 20 minutes and may end up freezing 7zip.
  • 2014-04-24 on Windows 8.1, with Lubuntu 14.04 amd64.

    • Does not seem to make a bootable USB stick.