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Create Windows 10 pendrive for old PCs

pendrive Windows 10 for old PCs

Do you have an old PC on which you want to install Windows 10 but can't create a compatible pen drive? Recently I had this problem exactly. I had to install, using a pendrive, Windows 10 on a recent computer. For the creation of the support I relied on the guides present on the Microsoft website, which advise the use of the software Media Creation Tool. The problem of this solution that the pendrive created compatible only with PC compatible with UEFI, the default PC firmware interface that has replaced the BIOS environment over the last decade. Having a PC that does not support UEFI, the result was a pendrive which, once inserted into the PC and started up, had a black screen with a flashing white line in the upper left corner.

How to create bootable pendrive Windows 10 compatible with BIOS

Once the problem was understood, it was easy to find the solution. In order to complete the installation of Windows 10 on a PC that does not support UEFI it is necessary to create a bootable pendrive that supports the BIOS interface. The software provided by Microsoft does not provide this possibility. Therefore it is necessary to rely on third-party solutions. In this guide I will show you how to create a Windows 10 pendrive that is compatible with older PCs with BIOS.

For the creation of the pendrive with Windows 10 we will use the free open source software Rufus. a very flexible and powerful program, compatible with Windows platform, which allows the creation not only of Windows 10 pendrive, but also of many other operating systems such as Ubuntu or earlier versions of Windows.

NOTE: before proceeding, make sure you have a pendrive of at least 8GB (the Windows 10 installation image weighs about 5GB).

NOTE: the content of the pendrive will be formatted. So make sure you have a backup of all your data.

  • At this point you have to proceed to the configuration of Rufus. Don't worry, it's not difficult. Under the heading Device you must select the pendrive you have connected to the PC.
  • To the item Boot selection select the Windows 10 ISO file previously downloaded.
  • To the item Image option select Standard Windows Installation.
  • Now comes the important part. To the item Partition scheme you have to select MBR. This is an important step because what makes the pendrive compatible with BIOS PCs. In the side entry (Target system) must in fact be selected BIOS or UEFI. This means that the installation media is compatible with both BIOS firmware and UEFI.
  • Complete the configuration by entering the name you want to give to your pendrive (Volume label) and choosing NTFS under the heading File system.
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<p>When everything is ready you can proceed with the creation of the bootable pendrive by clicking on the button <strong>START</strong>. The procedure has a variable duration, depending on the writing speed of your pendrive. </p>
<p>At the end of the process, you can disconnect the pendrive and use it to install Windows 10 on your old PC that does not support UEFI. Have you encountered problems or difficulties with driving? Let us know by leaving a comment at the end of this article.</p>
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