UFD is, of course, a USB Flash Drive, preferred media for Windows OSes nowadays given their size and frequency of change. Alas, I’ve been struggling with recent Insider Preview releases on a test machine lately. It’s my Dell Venue Pro 11 7130. Build 18305 is as far as it will go. In fact, upgrades failed on 18309, 18312 and 18317. None of the usual techniques get me past a WDF_VIOLATION GSOD error. That occurs predictably, about 86% into the post-GUI install. That’s the phase with the spinning balls and the “Working on updates” status message. When something like this happens, the upgrade of last resort is a fresh, clean Win10 install. And that’s where Kari’s script that builds a Win10 bootable install UFD comes in supremely handy.
At its conclusion, the script shows info for the newly-created, bootable Win10 UFD. Works like a champ, too!
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What About the Script That Builds Win10 Bootable Install UFD?
Everything you need to know is covered in Part 1 of Kari’s excellent tutorial at TenForums.com. It’s entitled “PowerShell Scripting: Create USB Install Media for Windows 10.” It completely automates the process that builds Win10 bootable install UFD. You must supply a USB flash drive to receive the boot/install files, and mount an ISO image from which those files come. The script does everything else for you automatically. I just used it, and it does the job nicely.
A clean install of Insider Preview on the Dell Venue Pro 11 succeeded. Of course, that means I now get the exquisite torture of rebuilding a Win10 system from scratch. If experience is any guide, that’s half a day’s work or more. Given my schedule this week, that’ll happen as a background task over several days. But at least, I’m again current with the Insider Preview release level. Nice, too, that when the “repair of last resort” is used, it still works like it oughter. That’s a big relief!