Windows 10: Cannot update 1909 to 2004, "can't install Windows on a USB" while I'm booting from an SSD

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  1. Cannot update 1909 to 2004, "can't install Windows on a USB" while I'm booting from an SSD


    As stated in the title, I'm trying to update my 1909 Windows to the recent 2004 using Media Creation Tool. In the last step before installing, I got this error which says I can't install on a USB disk. Obviously I boot from an SSD and there's no other mass storage inserted in my USB slot.

    Any help is appreciated, thanks!

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    /u/PlsNoPornSubreddit, Jun 30, 2020
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  2. thraxed Win User

    Installing windows off of a USB stick

    Step By Step from vista:
    From admin cmd prompt

    1. diskpart
    1a. list disk
    2. select disk 1 (replace 1 with your usb drive)
    3. clean
    4. create partition primary
    5. select partition 1 (replace 1 with your usb drive)
    6. active
    7. format fs=fat32
    8. assign
    9. exit

    Copy Windows Vista's DVD ROM content to the Flash Drive

    xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\ (d being your vista cd and e being your usb stick)

    And that's it, boot off your usb disk
     
    thraxed, Jun 30, 2020
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  3. deving Win User
    User.000 issue after updating to 1909

    I'm one of the many people suffering from issues with user profiles after applying Update 1909 to Windows 10. I've read all the threads I can find on the topic here and have followed the suggestions, all to no avail. Any other thoughts are appreciated.

    After applying Update 1909, the ProfileImagePath was changed to c:\users\User.000
    One file that was always in use and couldn't be removed was left in c:\users\User (can't recall or find the exact file now), so I could never rename or remove the c:\user\User directory.

    I followed the multiple suggestions from Brink and others:
    • Rebooted at least 6 times
    • Enabled hidden Administrator
    • Booted into Safe Mode
    • Changed ProfileImagePath
    • Tried to rename c:\users\User but couldn't because a file was still in use
    • Copied all data from c:\users\User.000 into c:\users\User
    • Rebooted and had temporary profile
    • Followed steps in Brink tutorial to change ImageProfilePath; rebooted with no change
    • Restored using Restore Point from before Update 1909 - returned to single profile state (User.000)
    • Removed each update that was installed individually and rebooted after each update removal - profile state never changed
    • After all updates were removed, repeated the steps above with hidden Administrator, changing profile, etc. - same issue with file in use in c:\users\User
    • Followed all steps above with hidden Administrator but without copying files from User.000 to User - same results

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
     
    deving, Jun 30, 2020
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  4. tfair Win User

    Cannot update 1909 to 2004, "can't install Windows on a USB" while I'm booting from an SSD

    BSOD on install from USB

    Have an HP Notebook 14-cf0013dx, 8gb ram, 1TB HDD 5200rpm (full specs are in profile)

    Attempting to reinstall windows after BSOD on start, mostly page fault in non paged area BSOD error but can also be irql not less or equal, or Kernel Secure check failure. Saw another one or two but cannot recall at the moment.

    Symptoms. Can boot to USB in UEFI or legacy and Load the windows 10 install made from the windows creation tool. The loading files completes. The system restarts and the HP splash screen appears with the windows 10 dots circling underneath for about 2 revolutions then a BSOD.

    First steps:
    Tried windows 10 recovery. over 48 hours still not completed.
    Ran HP hardware diagnostics, Memory HDD, system board all passed.
    Ran memtest86 from Hirens Boot CD. passed.
    Ran seagate HDD test. passed.
    Tried windows 10 USB install after each step above.
    Tried Windows 10 safe mode installation, was able to get through installation but on reboot the same results, BSOD within 3 revolutions of startup dot-circle.

    Second steps:
    Removed HDD, hooked up to main computer and did a CMD, DISKPART, CLEAN
    Updated BIOS to most recent version F.53 to support windows 10 v.1909
    Moved DIMM from slot 1 to slot 2
    Tried HP cloud recovery with exact same results as listed above.
    Tried Windows 10 USB safemode install again same results. Was able to complete installation from USB but BSOD on restart.

    Short of replacing the Motherboard due to the integrated graphics memory (which still tested good in HP system board test), I am at a loss. Please help with any suggestions.
     
    tfair, Jun 30, 2020
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