To this date, community-faq has only one canonical post for creating bootable installation media for Windows 7 which dates back to 2009. The answers are mostly "use this tool and it works" that are not compatible with Windows 10.
I have located the most relevant question for creating bootable USB installation media for Windows 10, but it's not really a canonical post. That only covers UEFI (what about BIOS? machine compatibility?) and the answers are very, very unsatisfying. However, this question has made clear that:
- WinUSB doesn't work with Windows 10.
- UNetbootin doesn't work either.
ddmethod didn't work as well.
I found another relevant post for Windows 10 that has received an answer that noted some information regarding the compatibility of tool and system:
Two important points:
1: The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool is not compatible with USB 3.0. To create a USB stick that is compatible with USB 3.0 using the native boot experience of the Windows 10 Technical Preview media (or Windows 8/Windows 8.1), use DiskPart to format the USB stick and set the partition to active, then copy all of the files from inside the ISO to the USB stick.
2: UEFI (CSM disabled) requires the USB stick to be formatted FAT32. If your stick is formatted NTFS, it would explain the behavior you have described.
Besides the two quoted links for Windows 10 (and limited to UEFI setup), other relevant posts are scattered as questions with trivial titles on Super User (SU). The recent post on SU (found via this meta post) exactly reflects the need for a new canonical post for Windows 10.
Following information should be included in the new canonical post:
- the requirements to create bootable media
- the instructions to create bootable media for BIOS only
- the instructions to create bootable media for UEFI only
- the compatibility of bootable media with 32-bit/64-bit, BIOS/UEFI, USB 2.0/3.0 of user machine, which may vary depending on which ISO image was used and the way bootable media was created
Here, the "bootable media" refers to "bootable USB flash drive".
Given my failed attempts to install Windows 10 32-bit from bootable USB media for the past few days, and I wasted so much time looking for relevant post on SU, I feel the question I have might actually be the same question that many end users wanted to ask.
I am not sure if I should proceed to create a new question, or leave to a more experienced user on SU to formulate the question to address all matters above.
Clarification: The new canonical post for Windows 10 is not just a how-to.
What I am suggesting here is to have a canonical post that would first explain the requirements to create bootable installation media for Windows 10. Then explain how to create one with noted compatibility. That would tell end users "if you create this way, it will work for this machine only".
I am not suggesting to repeat "use this tool and it works" like the canonical post for Windows 7 we have now on SU. Nowadays, such question will more likely belong to softwarerecs.SE and not really for SU.
I hope that by having the new canonical post for Windows 10, end users would not waste their time trying to create bootable installation media that might not work for their machine. I had to waste a few days to learn the fact the hard way, before I decided to bring this matter on meta SU here.
Above all, can we have a canonical question and answer for Windows 10? This would be a one-stop resource for end users to create bootable installation media for Windows 10 without issues.
P.S.: I was expecting the answer is something like: "Yes, we can create one; what you need to do is [...]" or "No, we do not need one because [...]". But looks like we have divided opinions (upvote: 1, downvote: 1, close vote: 1), which may suggest SU does not really think that we need one.
P.P.S.: I will wait several days for a more certain consensus before giving up on SU.