Create bootable USB media to install Windows 10

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In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to create a USB bootable media with the Windows 10 installation files. Also, you’ll be also able to use the same USB flash drive and upgrade other computers.

Create bootable USB media to install Windows 10 using ‘Media Creation Tool’

Download the Windows 10 Media Creator Tool to start the process from the Microsoft Support website.

  1. Open the Media Create Tool, click Create installation media for another PC, and click Next.

    Create an installation media for Windows 10

  2. It’s very important that you choose your correct language, architecture, and edition. In my case, I’m selecting the English language, Windows 10 Home edition, and both architecture, because it will allow me to upgrade 32- and 64-bit machines with a single bootable media.

    Choosing language, architecture, and edition of Windows 10

  3. Select either to create a USB flash drive, which should be at least 6GB on size or ISO file that you can use to create a bootable USB or DVD at a later time. Here you can pick USB flash drive, and click Next.
  4. Select the drive, and then you’re done.

    Windows 10 Media Creator Tool

After completing the steps, you can start your computer using UEFI or BIOS with the USB drive to install Windows 10.

Create bootable USB media to install Windows 10 using ‘Rufus’

If you have a computer using an Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), which is a new type of firmware designed to put to rest the old BIOS standard, you may run into problems trying to install Windows 10.

In case this is your scenario, on the last step mentioned above, you may want to create an ISO file using the Media Creator Tool instead and use a third-party software to create a bootable USB flash drive.

You can use Rufus, which is a free tool designed to help users to create bootable USB flash drive for computer using MBR or GPT partitions.

  1. Download and install Rufus.
  2. Open Rufus.
  3. Connect your USB drive to your computer and select it under Device.
  4. On “Partition scheme and target system type,” select GPT partition scheme for UEFI.
  5. On “File system,” use NTFS.
  6. On “Cluster size,” use the default settings.
  7. On “Create a bootable disk using,” select ISO Image, and click the drive icon to browse the ISO image you just created.

    Rufus tool to crate UEFI bootable drive of Windows 10

  8. Click the Start button to complete the process.

Once you’ve completed the steps, you can boot and install Windows 10 on computers running on UEFI.


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