Solved Macrium, Imaging the C-Drive


I was under the impression that there was a different procedure involved if one wanted to install Win11 using a Local ACCOUNT--a procedure that bypasses elements particular to MS365 and OneDrive--and that procedure was explained in this forum's technical articles.
1) Am I mistaken? If so, is there a difference between installing Win11 through a local account vs through a non-local (Microsoft) account?
This overthinking, over-paranoia, and worry about a local account or MS account is your BIGGEST problem.
You let other user's preferences and biases with MS accounts or local accounts, and device encryption drive you insane.
you do not have to have Office 365 if you do not want it. You can unlink the MS account from one drive and uninstall it. You can turn off device encryption as well.

All the many voices on here throwing advice and numerous tutorials at you are the biggest problem.
 

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No need to "reformat" anything. When you do a clean install to a drive that already has something on it, you will be shown ALL partitions on the drive. DELETE THEM ALL at that point, leaving nothing but "unallocated space". Windows will do the necessary formatting during the install and make new partitions as it sees fit.

NTFS: New Technology File System. Use it.

You can open the Macrium image file with file explorer. Then you can
If you have a spare hard drive laying around, you might connect it instead of your current C drive and see if you can restore the image you just made to that spare and then confirm it will boot. You'd prefer to NOT be in the position of being in a real-life jam without ever having experience with Macrium restore.
I've got just the PERFECT LaCie drive😉... (but later)
 

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This overthinking, over-paranoia, and worry about a local account or MS account is your BIGGEST problem.
You're probably right. (and how can I disagree with a face like that!)
But I've been so kicked around by OneDrive, much less so by members from across the aisle; am naturally paranoid and pessimistic; and would rather just play it safe if it's possible; because what I'm doing to this drive I have to do to 3 or 4 others...

What I am appreciating that is new are responses willing to 'explain why' rather than just 'insist that'...

I know you
install new copies of Windows almost daily,
but, since there seem to be so many workarounds, I want to
Step #19, here...
or
Yes, in fact I've just clean installed 23H2 today without connecting to the internet or using a Microsoft account.

At the initial setup screen after installing W11, press Shift+F10. This opens a command prompt. Type the command (note: there are no spaces in this command) OOBE\BypassNRO

The PC will restart and this time you'll see the option to skip connecting to the internet. You'll then be able to set it up with a local account.
or
Or you can simply install Windows 11 and when asked for your Microsoft account credentials, enter a bogus email address and password.

E.G. fred@bear.com Password=bear
:-)
capital O :-) Dur! Of course it’s letter O
or
Just enter fake@fake.com as MS email address, and any entry as password.
It will go "oops ......", and then you can enter local account.
...just because...

almost forgot...last step...copy my Outlook.pst file (though I suppose I can fish it out of the Macrium image--hmmm, I wonder if I can...
 

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You're probably right.
I fix, set up, and transfer data to new computers for a living. They are all done with an MS account. Then if the user does not have an Office 365 subscription I rip that out and unlink one drive, uninstall it, and block it from coming back in the registry.
 

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Then if the user does not have an Office 365 subscription I rip that out and unlink one drive, uninstall it, and block it from coming back in the registry.
I was hoping this wouldn't be an issue. Every one of our computers has an unique Office365 install (one of the five one is allotted). Is this going to be an issue for me? (I'm not going to do the install till tomorrow.)
 

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Every one of our computers has an unique Office365 install (one of the five one is allotted). Is this going to be an issue for me?
Not to confuse you more, Hopefully, you did not use the same email to install on all of the computers, You should be able to reinstall from the account for the computer you are working on.
 

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I did initially (use the same email address), but soon found, while talking to Microsoft, that it would be better to not do so. So I assigned a unique email address for each one.
. I'm not, at least for the beginning, interested in reinstalling Office365--will try and go for Office 2010 rather than anything 365.
. Though I thought Microsoft's Office 2010 was good--primarily because it is the standard, not because it is the best (Word has always been troublesome to use for real work like government proposals; and PowerPoint is a terrible graphics program--even for Charts and (simple) Diagrams which it's always being asked to do) I've always been quite happy with Outlook and Excel.
. Outlook with its (Notes Field) ability to accept rtf, is the best email program I've used! I was also satisfied, on my DAW workstation, using the free email I called OutlookMini--I don't know what it's called now and whether it's integrated with Outlook365 into a single Outlook.
. But I suspect I'll have to eventually switch to Thunderbird despite its inability to handle anything but text.
 

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    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
....though I suppose I can fish it out of the Macrium image--hmmm, I wonder if I can...
Yes, you can retrieve any individual file from a Reflect image. Just double-click on your .mrimg file, tick the box for the drive you want (it's a good idea to tick 'Enable access to restricted folders' too), then click OK. Your image will be mounted as a virtual drive that you can see and explore with File Explorer.

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This overthinking, over-paranoia, and worry about a local account or MS account is your BIGGEST problem.
You let other user's preferences and biases with MS accounts or local accounts, and device encryption drive you insane.
you do not have to have Office 365 if you do not want it. You can unlink the MS account from one drive and uninstall it. You can turn off device encryption as well.

All the many voices on here throwing advice and numerous tutorials at you are the biggest problem.
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A lot of people have been cautioning--I say "cautioning" because they truly seem to be concerned with my over-cautious approach to FINALLY reinstalling Windows 11.
Thank you Cereberus and Porthos!

for example

This overthinking, over-paranoia, and worry about a local account or MS account is your BIGGEST problem.

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1) I am using this tutorial to prepare my "Creating Windows 11 Media" disk. It has gone on for over 3 hours, cycled through 90% the last time I looked and is continuing...
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2) I am also looking at the thread "

New laptop has bitlocker - where is recovery key​

which seems to describe a situation similar to what is happening with this computer
"
What the devil is going on?????

In short, I am following the directions I have been suggested to use and am encountering a situation where I am unable to create a "bootable Windows 11 installation USB that supports UEFI mode." using a computer with bitlocker problems, to wit: 1708735609601.pngand it looks like my 1708735656958.png (into over 3 hours of formatting) will never end.

And to make matters worse--talk about horrible coincidence, today I was billed $99 by Microsoft to renew a Microsoft 365 Office account I no longer want to have at all!

Because I am unable to create a "bootable Windows 11 installation USB that supports UEFI mode" I fear I cannot create a local account and therefore cannot reformat this computer. This is sheer hell!
 

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    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
To add some local intrigue to this whole situation...I just talked to local friend...a local realtor...who has no idea why she got involved in OneDrive, except that Microsoft told her she was involved--both vis-a-vis her phone and her computer--and has been billed by Microsoft because the material OneDrive has decided to "synchronize" onto the cloud, costs more than the amount of space Microsoft/(OneCloud) was willing to synchronize for free.

I know that, despite the fact I have been involved with (high level) computer technology since 1959, computationally, most of you are more expert with Microsoft than I am, or will probably ever be. I made the decision to represent the ordinary person since the 2000s, and this is an example of how an ordinary person is affected by Microsoft and by OneDrive. I'm very gratified to be involved with you all in what is happening with computers these days--I know most of you know a great deal more than me. I just hope to be able to responsibly represent the "common person (e.g., common man)" in a time where major companies are trying to take advantage as many "common people" as they are able to.
 

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    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
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    16GB
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    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
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    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
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    Gigabyte B75M-D3H
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    8068 MB Usable Installed Memory
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    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
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    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
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    3 Displays
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    n/a
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    Mouse
    External
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    External
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    Win Defender
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    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
To add some local intrigue to this whole situation...I just talked to local friend...a local realtor...who has no idea why she got involved in OneDrive, except that Microsoft told her she was involved--both vis-a-vis her phone and her computer--and has been billed by Microsoft because the material OneDrive has decided to "synchronize" onto the cloud, costs more than the amount of space Microsoft/(OneCloud) was willing to synchronize for free.

I know that, despite the fact I have been involved with (high level) computer technology since 1959, computationally, most of you are more expert with Microsoft than I am, or will probably ever be. I made the decision to represent the ordinary person since the 2000s, and this is an example of how an ordinary person is affected by Microsoft and by OneDrive. I'm very gratified to be involved with you all in what is happening with computers these days--I know most of you know a great deal more than me. I just hope to be able to responsibly represent the "common person (e.g., common man)" in a time where major companies are trying to take advantage as many "common people" as they are able to.

There is nothing “Common” about the complications you create for yourself. Made a decision to represent the ordinary person? WTH does that mean?

@Edwin said it.; Why you’re bothering to image a drive that is so utterly ballsed up, just so you can reinstall Windows and start fresh, which is possibly one of the most basic operations you could go through (in my opinion) is beyond me.

High level computer technology since 1969?
There’s nothing intriguing about being billed by Microsoft, you’re billed because you’re opted in, it couldn’t be any simpler. Call them, get a refund.
 

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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
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    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
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    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
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    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
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    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
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    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
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    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
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    M.2 512GB
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    …still on a horse.
Initially, I thought the problem was to rescue all your treasured files. Once that was done, to make a USB with Windows using Media Creation Tool, install Windows. 1. 2. 3…. Job done.
For the love of God, Jro, Keep it simple

Make an image of the new install. Makes a lot more sense than making an image of the current system state.
 

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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
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    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
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    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
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    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
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    Onboard
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    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
@Edwin said it.; Why you’re bothering to image a drive that is so utterly ballsed up, just so you can reinstall Windows and start fresh, which is possibly one of the most basic operations you could go through (in my opinion) is beyond me.
Everyone who has been in on this thread knows the response to Edwin's question. That is to be able to reinstall the totally f***ed up state of this computer in case there are problems installing Win11. I'm not going to look you up specifically, but I believe you were one of the people who encouraged me to IMMEDIATELY image my drive for this reason.
High level computer technology since 1969?
There’s nothing intriguing about being billed by Microsoft, you’re billed because you’re opted in, it couldn’t be any simpler. Call them, get a refund.
I was not billed by Microsoft. My friend was billed. The reason she was billed (as was my programmer friend) was because Microsoft had imposed upon both of them, vis-a-vis OneDrive a cloud/synchronization that required more space to put that information into the cloud than Microsoft was willing to do. They had placed data into their (Documents, Downloads, Pictures, etc, etc, etc, etc, ...) directories... This was their right to do. Then Microsoft came along and decided to OneDrive those locations. Because their allowed, AND SENSIBLE, use of those directories was more than Microsoft was willing to put onto the cloud they were penalized with a rental (otherwise referred to as "leased" fees, after the fact and since then they were charged for OneDrive despite the fact they never asked for OneDrive in the first place.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11, (Linux Mint)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inc. Inspiron 16 7610
    CPU
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop (small) and 1 or 2 external monitors
    Screen Resolution
    -
    Hard Drives
    PC711 NVMe SK hynix 1TB 1.02 TB NVMe ANB2N582412102F0G_0001
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    fan
    Keyboard
    External!
    Mouse
    External
    Internet Speed
    -
    Browser
    Chrome (Chrome profiles), Firefox (Bookmark Search Plus2), Edge (History page), Opera (annoying)
    Antivirus
    WinDefender
    Other Info
    Win11
  • Operating System
    Win10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    self
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B75M-D3H
    Memory
    8068 MB Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 Displays
    Screen Resolution
    n/a
    Hard Drives
    SSD and others (internal and external)
    Case
    Desktop
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    External
    Keyboard
    External
    Browser
    Chrome, Firefox, Tor, Brave, Opera, etc.
    Antivirus
    Win Defender
    Other Info
    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
I believe you were one of the people who encouraged me to IMMEDIATELY image my drive for this reason.
That’s right. Until it was obvious that the state of this current install was so bad, it seemed futile to even bother. But as you persisted, so did my encouragement to help you achieve what by then seemed pointless. I have compassion, but it comes with brutal honesty.

I was not billed by Microsoft. My friend was billed. The reason she was billed (as was my programmer friend) was because Microsoft had imposed upon both of them, vis-a-vis OneDrive a cloud/synchronization that required more space to put that information into the cloud than Microsoft was willing to do. They had placed data into their (Documents, Downloads, Pictures, etc, etc, etc, etc, ...) directories... This was their right to do. Then Microsoft came along and decided to OneDrive those locations. Because their allowed, AND SENSIBLE, use of those directories was more than Microsoft was willing to put onto the cloud they were penalized with a rental (otherwise referred to as "leased" fees, after the fact and since then they were charged for OneDrive despite the fact they never asked for OneDrive in the first place.
All I read from this is “My friends have no idea what they’re doing” Blaming Microsoft is easy.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
People care more than you might think. I know this because I have had private conversations with various members about your predicaments.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
I just explained why other ordinary people I know have been scr**ed by Microsoft.

My current situation, which, after all these weeks I'm very interested in getting past, is "creating a "bootable Windows 11 installation USB that supports UEFI mode."

Following directions on the tutorial

Installation and Upgrade Clean Install Windows 11​

my 31.9 GB thumb drive has not been able to complete the creation of a "bootable Windows 11 installation USB that supports UEFI mode" after 3 hours of chugging along...

Any suggestions anyone??
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11, (Linux Mint)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inc. Inspiron 16 7610
    CPU
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop (small) and 1 or 2 external monitors
    Screen Resolution
    -
    Hard Drives
    PC711 NVMe SK hynix 1TB 1.02 TB NVMe ANB2N582412102F0G_0001
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    fan
    Keyboard
    External!
    Mouse
    External
    Internet Speed
    -
    Browser
    Chrome (Chrome profiles), Firefox (Bookmark Search Plus2), Edge (History page), Opera (annoying)
    Antivirus
    WinDefender
    Other Info
    Win11
  • Operating System
    Win10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    self
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B75M-D3H
    Memory
    8068 MB Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 Displays
    Screen Resolution
    n/a
    Hard Drives
    SSD and others (internal and external)
    Case
    Desktop
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    External
    Keyboard
    External
    Browser
    Chrome, Firefox, Tor, Brave, Opera, etc.
    Antivirus
    Win Defender
    Other Info
    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
All I read from this is “My friends have no idea what they’re doing” Blaming Microsoft is easy.
Yes it is easy (to blame Microsoft). And for exactly that reason it is right (to blame Microsoft).
Faced with files and folders and the ability to put them wherever one wants (by Microsoft, incidentally), Microsoft should not be allowed to charge any user for having done so--especially when, as I can very intelligently and sensibly explain, doing so is a very sensible and logical thing to do.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11, (Linux Mint)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inc. Inspiron 16 7610
    CPU
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop (small) and 1 or 2 external monitors
    Screen Resolution
    -
    Hard Drives
    PC711 NVMe SK hynix 1TB 1.02 TB NVMe ANB2N582412102F0G_0001
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    fan
    Keyboard
    External!
    Mouse
    External
    Internet Speed
    -
    Browser
    Chrome (Chrome profiles), Firefox (Bookmark Search Plus2), Edge (History page), Opera (annoying)
    Antivirus
    WinDefender
    Other Info
    Win11
  • Operating System
    Win10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    self
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B75M-D3H
    Memory
    8068 MB Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 Displays
    Screen Resolution
    n/a
    Hard Drives
    SSD and others (internal and external)
    Case
    Desktop
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    External
    Keyboard
    External
    Browser
    Chrome, Firefox, Tor, Brave, Opera, etc.
    Antivirus
    Win Defender
    Other Info
    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
Yes it is easy (to blame Microsoft). And for exactly that reason it is right (to blame Microsoft).
Faced with files and folders and the ability to put them wherever one wants (by Microsoft, incidentally), Microsoft should not be allowed to charge any user for having done so--especially when, as I can very intelligently and sensibly explain, doing so is a very sensible and logical thing to do.
Not sure what you're talking about. You literally have to subscribe to pay for them to bill you. If you use your free allotment, they don’t just automatically sign you up for 1TB, you have to opt in. That would be illegal, why would Microsoft do that? At the worst, they would nag the hell out of you. You’re friends don’t know what they’re doing, they’ve opted in for 1TB. At least that’s my opinion.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
There’s nothing intriguing about being billed by Microsoft, you’re billed because you’re opted in, it couldn’t be any simpler. Call them, get a refund.
NO! Not at all. Everyone who opts for Microsoft365 Office or a Win11 install gets OneDrive, whether they want it or not.

I'm not even going to respond to "Call them, get a refund." MY FRIEND.
Make an image of the new install. Makes a lot more sense than making an image of the current system state.
I have made an image. It was successful.
The next step is "creating a "bootable Windows 11 installation USB that supports UEFI mode." which has gone on for over 3 hours and has restarted 2 times.

And by the way, why am I getting the following two odd, forum related (??), errors?
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11, (Linux Mint)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inc. Inspiron 16 7610
    CPU
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop (small) and 1 or 2 external monitors
    Screen Resolution
    -
    Hard Drives
    PC711 NVMe SK hynix 1TB 1.02 TB NVMe ANB2N582412102F0G_0001
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    fan
    Keyboard
    External!
    Mouse
    External
    Internet Speed
    -
    Browser
    Chrome (Chrome profiles), Firefox (Bookmark Search Plus2), Edge (History page), Opera (annoying)
    Antivirus
    WinDefender
    Other Info
    Win11
  • Operating System
    Win10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    self
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B75M-D3H
    Memory
    8068 MB Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 Displays
    Screen Resolution
    n/a
    Hard Drives
    SSD and others (internal and external)
    Case
    Desktop
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    External
    Keyboard
    External
    Browser
    Chrome, Firefox, Tor, Brave, Opera, etc.
    Antivirus
    Win Defender
    Other Info
    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
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