I have followed the instructions here and created a bootable Windows 10 USB stick, but when I try to run the installation the system keeps booting into the GRUB 2.0 bootloader. Unfortunately, I have no experience with GRUB.

The current system is set up for dual-booting Windows 10 and Linux Mint Debian Edition 4 - I recall the setup process being extremely long and involved (for my level of experience) and for some reason I cannot boot into Windows at all: After selecting it in the GRUB menu, the screen turns black for a moment and then immediately returns to the menu.

How do I make the system boot from the USB stick, so I can throw everything from the disk and make a fresh Windows 10 installation?

UPDATE 1: Out of desperation, I booted into a Linux on another USB stick and used dd to overwrite the first few megabytes of the hard drive with zeros. Upon restart, however, I get this error:

Cannot boot from any device

  Current boot order and device status
   1: USB HDD:   Model XYZ (USB) -> No valid operating system
   2: ATAPI CD0: Model XYZ (DVD) -> No valid operating system
   3: ATA HDD0:  Model XYZ (HDD) -> No valid operating system

Is it the ISO on the USB stick after all? If yes, can anyone recommend a good tool for Linux to create a proper bootable Windows 10 USB stick? Unfortunately, I cannot install WoeUSB as suggested below.

UPDATE 2: I used disks to have a look at the USB stick and noticed that the option "Bootable" was not activated. I checked the box and now the system seems to boot into the Windows setup, but the process gets interrupted with the following error code:


Your PC/Device needs to be repaired

An unexpected error has occurred.

Error code: 0xc00002c4

You'll need to use recovery tools. If you don't have any installation media (like a disc or USB device), contact your PC administrator or PC/Device manufacturer.

Press Enter to try again

Press F8 for Startup Settings

Pressing Enter or F8 just returns me to the error screen. I couldn't find any helpful information on this, does anybody know about this error code?

  • Wrong site. You're looking for Super User instead. This site is for programming related questions, not general computer or OS support. You can find more information about this site in the help center.
    – Ken White
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 1:58
  • You need to change boot order : howtogeek.com/129815/…
    – Madhubala
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 18:11
  • @Madhubala: Thanks, boot order is already...in order. The USB drive is on position 1
    – david
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 19:10
  • Create a bootable Win PE USB then use WinNT setup to install Windows or create another bootable USB
    – Madhubala
    Commented Mar 27, 2020 at 10:44
  • Create bootable Win PE on Linux:superuser.com/a/1518254
    – Madhubala
    Commented Mar 27, 2020 at 10:45

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Most websites are now using WoeUSB to create a Window 10 USB


If you can get on to a Windows machine you can create USB from Microsoft directly. I've do it this way at least half a dozen times last year.


Also the way to download the latest version of Windows ISO

  • Thanks, I will try WoeUSB. However, I'm not sure if the bootable USB stick is the issue here, I followed the instructions in the tutorial I linked and GRUB seems to correctly recognize the Windows 10 ISO files on it. I rather suspect this to be an issue with GRUB as it won't transition to the Windows setup, but immediately jumps back to the menu
    – david
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 19:21
  • Ok, I tried to follow the installation steps for WoeUSB, but there seems to some problems with the package and dependencies...I would post the terminal output, but I don't think this will really solve the issue (= forcing the system to boot into the Windows 10 setup)
    – david
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 19:32

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