Media Creation Tool or MSDN ISO?

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  1. Quejikos

    Quejikos MDL Novice

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    Is there any difference between creating a bootable Windows 10 USB drive with Microsoft's Media Creation Tool and downloading MSDN's Windows 10 ISO to manually create a bootable USB drive with it?
     
  2. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    Both give the same result.
    if you have no access to MSDN ISO, then mediacreation tool is the only alternative. In fact, it is easily available and results in a genuine ISO. You can choose language, edition, and architecture. No enterprise edition in that tool though.
    Limitations are that MSDN iso may have multiple editions (Home/Pro) whereas mediacreation tool gives one edition at a time.
    If you have key for only one edition, then mediacreation tool creates iso of a smaller size.
    Create ISO (for backup) and then create USB using tools such as rufus.
     
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  3. Quejikos

    Quejikos MDL Novice

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    Media Creation Tool can't create a bootable USB drive with UEFI support?

    I mean, why use Rufus? I thought Media Creation Tool does it all.
     
  4. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    save the iso and create a bootable USB pendrive with Rufus for UEFI :cool:
     
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  5. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    I wonder why if you have a legal key, should you bother hunting around for a MSDN ISO download link at all. I
    Just use the mediacreation tool.
    MS has made it easy (at least for now) and why make life difficult. I personally consider all MSDN iso links for non-enterprise as redundant.
     
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  6. Quejikos

    Quejikos MDL Novice

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    You're sure Media Creation Tool doesn't support UEFI? I seem to recall articles (probably for Windows 8.1, but I would imagine still relevant) stating otherwise, but I can't find them right now.
     
  7. Quejikos

    Quejikos MDL Novice

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    That's why I was asking if there's any difference. Media Creation Tool definitely seems the way to go, but I'm not sure if it supports creating UEFI compatible bootable USB drives.
     
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  9. Quejikos

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    #9 Quejikos, Jul 31, 2015
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    Is using Rufus actually necessary though? Media Creation Tool bootables don't work with UEFI/GPT?
     
  10. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    I give up :rolleyes:
     
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  11. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    mediacreation tool uses lots more resources to make a USB, and you and /or your system may explode.
     
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  12. Fckr

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    IMHO, may be your starting point should be which edition of Windows 10 do you actually want. IMHO!
     
  13. odiebugs1

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    Just format back to fat32 then it will allow UEFI boot, oh wait :p
     
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