How to boot to USB drive in Win10

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James, does it strike you as odd that the flash drive is formatted FAT? Not FAT32 or NTFS ...
hmm that is a good point. I did miss that. (y) 10MB... I wonder if something failed and didn't do this properly, so now there are 2 partitions on the drive and the other partition is meant to be the data for the secure browser?

@jenniebear525 is the software accessible to the public, i.e. there is no login required?
 

Goddess-Bastet

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Is the USB a reputable brand?
It appears the USB may not have been created successfully.
Does the software format the drive before installing the boot software? If yes then it should be correct.
Ensure you’ve downloaded the version for Windows & not Mac.
 

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Thank you for your help trying to figure this out!
I'm not sure if the software is accessible to others, I think it is.
I have tried creating this and booting to three different USBs. This one is a sandisk ultra 3.0 then there was a PNY 3.0 as well and I forget the other one.
 

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It seems to have created three partitions, 2 of which are used which doesn’t seem correct.
Is the software installed on the first partition or the second (F) partition?
Are there other files on the first (2.10 GB) partition?
Were all the USB drives blank with only one partition before creating the media?
 

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I would assume all the USB drives were blank. They were fresh out of the box.
This is what I get when I attempt to open the file... and I can't open it.
 

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The USB drive Sandisk Ultra came as a two-pack. I'm gonna put a new one in and see if anything is on it.

EDIT- There was! Two partitions with two getting started guides. One for Mac and one for Windows as well as directions for setting up a password-protected section FAT32. I deleted the files and reformatted it so it's blank. I'm going to attempt to install the ASD onto this and see if that changes anything.
 

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I assume the USB stick looks better now, as in it has more than the 1 file?

As to the issue, since the computer doesn't show a hard drive in the UEFI part and only in the Legacy option, I am wondering if the computer is set to Legacy and not UEFI boot. Have you tried the USB in all of the ports? Sometimes with older Dells you can use only one specific port.

I am tagging our resident hardware person @crjdriver to see if he can provide some insight on this machine and the boot.
 

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It would appear that the system is set to legacy. See this pic with the hard disk listed under legacy boot devices.
As a simple test, see if you can boot the system with a different usb ie windows install usb, linux live usb, etc. This will tell you if the problem is with your system OR with the usb you made.
 

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To follow up CRJD's message, here is a direct link to the Microsoft Creation Tool. This tool will make a Windows Installation on a USB stick. This should be a good test for you.
 

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