Microsoft has made installing and/or updating Windows 10 easy with the Media Creation Tool. The tool can be downloaded, for free, from the official Microsoft website. The tool will then download Windows 10 and burn it to a USB. It can also download the ISO which you can then manually burn to a USB with a tool of your choice.
For most users, this tool is the easiest way to install Windows 10 or to update it.
Windows Media Creation Tool Not Working
The Media Creation tool is simple to use; it’s a small file that can download and burn Windows 10 to a USB. It can fail at multiple points; when it’s downloading Windows 10, when it is preparing to burn to the USB, when it is finalizing the download, or when it is burning to a USB.
If you’re trying to create installation media and the tool isn’t working, try the fixes below.
1. Download the Media Creation tool again
If the Media Creation tool isn’t working, or it gets stuck at any one point, delete it and download it again. This may mean downloading Windows 10 again but it may also be the easiest way to resolve the problem.
You should also make sure your internet connection is stable while the tool works. An unstable internet connection may cause problems with the tool.
2. Run the Media Creation tool with admin rights
The Media Creation tool isn’t an ordinary app; it will make changes to the OS if it updates the OS or if it burns the OS to a USB. This is why you should run the tool with admin rights.
- Download the Media Creation tool.
- Right-click the file and select Run as administrator.
- Provide admin rights when prompted.
- Run the tool and download Windows 10.
3. Check storage space
Windows 10 is a large file to download. You should have at least 8GB free space to download it. If you’re using the tool to upgrade Windows 10 to a newer version, you should have 20GB of free space on the Windows drive.
4. Edit the registry
If the Media Creation tool refuses to run or to begin downloading Windows 10, you may need to edit the registry to fix this.
- Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
- In the run box, enter
regeditand tap Enter.
- Go to this key:
- Right-click the key and select New>Dword (32-bit) Value.
- Name it
AllowOSUpgradeand double-click it.
- Set its value to 1.
- Restart the system and run the Media Creation tool again.
5. Manually download and burn Windows 10 to USB
- Install Firefox.
- In Firefox, install the User Agent Switcher add-on.
- Use the add-on to change the user agent to Android.
- Visit the Windows 10 download page in Firefox.
- Select the edition and click Continue.
- Select a language and click Continue.
- 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 tool itself were new. Over the years, it is far less likely to run into problems. If you’re having 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 fixes above and you will be able to create installation media for Windows 10.