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Boot from USB, Windows 2016

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Boot from USB, Windows 2016

I can't get the system to boot from USB.  I've tried both Rufus and Unetbootin to create a bootable USB using the ISO from Microsoft, Windows Server 2016. 

I press F11, and choose optoin 3 (USB drivekey).  It attempts to boot, but fails.

I've reset the BIOS.  Also I tried the USB on a laptop (it boots). I've tried MBR and GPT.

I have Windows 10 on my desktop, so the old HP USB drivekey utility doesn't work (not supported).

I can install Windows 2012 using intelligent provisioning, but 2016 isn't supported for this method on Gen8.

Side-note: I have a Veeam recovery USB, and it will boot fine on this server.  What magic they do I have no idea.


Details on my system: 

* HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server
- 1 x Intel Xeon E3-1220L v2 Dual-core (2 Core) 2.30 GHz
- 8 GB Installed DDR3 SDRAM
- 4 TB (4 x 1 TB) HDD
- Serial ATA/600 Controller - 0, 1, 10 RAID Levels

Re: Boot from USB, Windows 2016


Good Day!

Try updating the Intelligent provisioning to latest version and check for the installation issue.

Intelligent Provisioning Recovery Media
Version: 1.71(21 Feb 2019)
Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 was added in Version 1.64(B) Released on 8 Feb 2017.

Download Link :

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Re: Boot from USB, Windows 2016


I tried it and it won't boot.  My server doesn't have a DVD drive so I have to create a USB.  I've tried Rufus and balenaEtcher. 

What tool do you use to create a bootable USB with this ISO?

Jimmy Vance
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Re: Boot from USB, Windows 2016

Making a bootable Windows USB key can be tricky, especially on a BIOS based system.  I'd suggest trying to boot the ISO image over iLO virtual media. If you don't have an iLO Advanced License, you can download a trial of the advanced license key to see if it will work.


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