Microsoft has made it easy to install and / or update Windows 10 with the Media Creation Tool. The tool can be downloaded, free of charge, from the official Microsoft website. The device then downloads Windows 10 and burns it to USB. It can also download the ISO which you can then burn to USB with a device of your choice.
For most users, this tool is the easiest way to install or update Windows 10.
Windows Media Creation Tool not working
The Media Creation tool is simple to use; it is a small file that Windows 10 can download and burn to USB. It can fail at several points; when it downloads Windows 10, when it prepares to burn to USB, when it completes the download, or when it burns to USB.
If you are trying to create installation media and the tool does not work, try the solutions below.
1. Download the Media Creation tool again
If the Media Creation tool does not work, or is stuck at one time, please uninstall it and download it again. This may mean downloading Windows 10 again but this may be the easiest way to fix the problem.
You should also make sure that your internet connection is stable while the device is running. An unstable internet connection can cause problems with the device.
2. Run the Media Creation tool with admin rights
The Media Creation tool is not a standard tool; it will make changes to the OS if it updates the OS or burns the OS to USB. That’s why you should run the tool with admin rights.
- Download the Media Creation tool.
- Right click on the file and select Run as administrator.
- Grant administrative rights when promised.
- Run the machine and download Windows 10.
3. Check storage space
Windows 10 is a great file to download. You should have at least 8GB of free space to download it. If you are using the tool to upgrade Windows 10 to a newer version, you should have 20GB of free space on the Windows driver.
4. Edit the table
If the Media Creation tool refuses to run or starts downloading Windows 10, you may need to edit the directory to fix this.
- Tap on the Keyboard shortcut Win + R. to open the run box.
- In the run box, apply
regeditand tap on Enter.
- go to this key:
- Right click on the key and select New Value> Word (32-bit).
- Name it
AllowOSUpgradeand double click on it.
- Set a value to 1.
- Restart the system and run the Media Creation tool again.
5. Download and burn Windows 10 to USB manually
If all else fails, you can manually download the Windows 10 ISO file and burn it to USB with a third-party tool like Rufus.
- Install Firefox.
- In Firefox, install the Agent Switcher User Add-on.
- Use the add-on to change the user representative to Android.
- Visit the Windows 10 download page in Firefox.
- Select the edit and click Go on.
- Choose a language and click Go on.
- Select the Windows 10 version (32-bit or 64-bit).
- Save the file.
- Download Rufus.
- Connect your USB and select the ISO file.
- Click Start to burn it.
The Media Creation tool used to run into problems when Windows 10 and the device itself were new. Over the years, it is much more likely to run into problems. If you have trouble downloading or burning Windows 10, make sure your USB is large enough to hold the file, and that you have a stable internet connection. Run through the above settings and you will be able to create installation media for Windows 10.
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