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Question Not able to install Windows 10 - media driver missing

lupe

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After seventeen years of running Linux, I'd like to install Windows for my renewed needs in the desktop arena.
I've copied the downloaded Windows iso file to three usb sticks, one using USB 3.0, the other two using USB 2.0, but everytime I try to install it I get the message:
"A media driver your computer needs is missing. This could be a DVD, USB or Hard kisk driver. If you have a CD, DVD or USB flash rive with the driver on it, please insert it now.
Note: If the installation media for Windows is in the DVD drive or on a USB drive, you can safely remove it for this step."

I've searched online and did all the suggested in https://appuals.com/fix-no-device-drivers-were-found/ but to no avail.
If I insert the motherboard DVD with drivers, the Windows installer continues to say that can't find the driver. Although never mentions which driver.

I could burn a DVD, but the image is not meant for single layer DVDs and I have no double layer disks.
The motherboard is a Asus Prime B450M-A.

What can I do?
Never thought it'd be so difficult to install such a popular and expensive system...
 

UsandThem

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What can I do?
Never thought it'd be so difficult to install such a popular and expensive system...
Something else is going on as Windows 10 shouldn't be having any issues with a current system. Make sure to follow the steps in creating a USB installer: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Also, you could have some kind of encryption or format on your existing hard drive, so you might need to do a full format (and restore disk defaults) at the beginning of the installation (under custom).
 

VirtualLarry

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I think I remember that sometimes Windows Installer says that it doesn't have the driver for the install media, or the drive to install to, if the drive that you are installing to isn't blank or doesn't have a "clean MBR". If you don't care about the contents of the HDD, and want to install Windows 10 fresh, and you were previously running Linux or unRAID or something, consider hitting LSHIFT+F10, to get to Command, then type DISKPART, and use it to CLEAN or CLEAN ALL the disk in question. (Use LIST DISK and SELECT DISK # to select the disk properly, before using a CLEAN command.)
 

LikeLinus

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I've copied the downloaded Windows iso file to three usb sticks
Did you just copy the ISO to a USB stick?

Would be good to know computer specs and if it's a clean HDD. As others have mentioned, it may not be formatted correctly.
 

lupe

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I tried all sorts of changes in BIOS, also regarding the disk. Even with a clean SSD.
Had to buy a double layer DVD to be able to install Windows 10.

Thank you for your support.
 

lupe

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No laptop. I was trying to install it in a desktop computer, a Ryzen 1600AF with a Asus Prime B450M-A motherboard.
It's done, had to use a double layer DVD, as said.
 

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