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    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10

    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10

    How to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 from
    Published by Category: Installation & Upgrade
    08 Dec 2018
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 from


    This tutorial will show you how to create a bootable USB flash drive that can be used to install Windows 10 with or without UEFI.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Use Media Creation Tool to create Bootable Windows 10 USB for Legacy BIOS and UEFI
    • Option Two: Use "Rufus" to create Bootable Window 10 USB for Legacy BIOS and UEFI
    • Option Three: Use "Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool" to create Bootable Windows 10 USB for only Legacy BIOS





    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 OPTION ONE Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10
    Use Media Creation Tool to create Bootable Windows 10 USB for Legacy BIOS and UEFI

    This option will use the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft to download an ISO file and create a bootable USB flash drive that is 32-bit, 64-bit, or both, and be used to install Windows 10 with or without UEFI.

    Before you begin
    • Make sure you have:
      • An internet connection (internet service provider fees may apply).
      • Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.
      • A blank USB with at least 4 GB (32-bit or 64-bit) or 8 GB (both 32-bit and 64-bit) of space if you want to create media. We recommend using a blank USB, because any content on it will be deleted.

    • Read the System Requirements.
    • If you will be installing the operating system for the first time, you will need your Windows product key (xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx). For more information about product keys and when they are required, visit the FAQ page.
    • For Enterprise editions please visit the Volume Licensing Service Center.




    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to go to Microsoft, and click/tap on the Download tool now button at Microsoft's site.

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    2. Save the MediaCreationTool1809.exe file (version 10.0.17763.1) to your desktop, and run it. (see screenshot below)

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    3. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    4. Click/tap on Accept for the license terms. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Select (dot) Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Uncheck the Use the recommended options for this PC box. (see screenshot below)

    Leaving the Use the recommended options for this PC box checked will have the Media Creation Tool create a USB flash drive that's the same language, edition, and architecture as the current PC.

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    7. Select the Language, Edition, and 32-bit (x86), 64-bit (x64), or both (32-bit and 64-bit on same USB) Architecture you want for the ISO file, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    The selected edition can install both the Home and Pro edition.

    Your digital entitlement or product key determines if Home or Pro gets installed during Windows Setup.

    If you skip entering a product key during Windows Setup, then you will be prompted to select to install the Home or Pro edition.

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    8. Select (dot) USB flash drive, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Connect your USB flash drive, click/tap on the Refresh drive list link, select the USB flash drive, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    10. It will now start Downloading Windows 10 and Creating Windows 10 media. (see screenshots below)

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    11. When finished, your USB flash drive will be ready. Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 OPTION TWO Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10
    Use "Rufus" to create Bootable Window 10 USB for Legacy BIOS and UEFI

    1. If you have not already, you will need to download a Windows 10 ISO file.

    2. Download the latest version of Rufus, and save it's .exe file to your desktop.

    This is a standalone exe file that doesn't install anything to your PC. For Rufus FAQs, see: rufus FAQ on GitHub

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    3. Connect the USB flash drive that you want to use for this.

    4. Run the Rufus .exe file, and click/tap on Yes if prompted by UAC.

    5. Do step 6 (UEFI) or step 7 (Legacy BIOS) below depending on if you want to create a bootable USB with or without UEFI support.


     6. To Create Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive for Installing Windows 10 with UEFI

    UEFI Requirements:
    • 64-bit Windows 10 ISO file. 32-bit is not supported.
    • At least a 8GB USB flash drive depending on how large the ISO file is.
    • To boot from an external UEFI USB flash drive, be sure to temporarily disable Secure Boot and Fast Boot (if applicable) in your UEFI firmware settings until the Windows installation is finished.



    A) Set Rufus using the settings below, click/tap on Start, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

    • Under Device, select the USB flash drive you want to format and use.
    • Under Boot selection, click/tap on the SELECT button, and navigate to and select your 64-bit Windows 10 ISO file.
    • Under Image option, select Standard Windows installation.
    • Under Partition scheme, select GPT.
    • Under Target system, select UEFI (non CSM).
    • Under Volume label, you can enter any name you like for the USB flash drive, or leave the default name.
    • Under File system, select FAT32 (if able). If the file is larger than 4GB, you will only be able to select NTFS.
    • Under Cluster size, select the (Default) (ex: 4096 bytes) it has listed.

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     7. To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive for Installing Windows 10 using Legacy BIOS (without UEFI)

    A) Set Rufus using the settings below, click/tap on Start, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

    • Under Device, select the USB flash drive you want to format and use.
    • Under Boot selection, click/tap on the SELECT button, and navigate to and select your 64-bit Windows 10 ISO file.
    • Under Image option, select Standard Windows installation.
    • Under Partition scheme, select MBR.
    • Under Target system, select BIOS (or UEFI-CSM).
    • Under Volume label, you can enter any name you like for the USB flash drive, or leave the default name.
    • Under File system, select NTFS.
    • Under Cluster size, select the (Default) (ex: 4096 bytes) it has listed.

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    8. Click/tap on OK to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Rufus will now start creating the bootable USB flash drive. (see screenshot below)

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    10. When Rufus is "READY" (finished), you can close Rufus. (see screenshot below)
    It could take a little while to finish.

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    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 OPTION THREE Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10
    Use "Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool" to create Bootable Window 10 USB for only Legacy BIOS

    1. If you have not already, you will need to download a Windows 10 ISO file.

    2. If you have not already, click/tap on the Download button below, and download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.

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    3. Run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, and click/tap on the Browse button. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Navigate to and select the downloaded Windows 10 ISO file, and click/tap on Open. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Click/tap on USB device. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Select the drive letter of the USB, and click/tap on Begin copying. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: If the drive letter is not listed in the drop down menu, then click/tap on the refresh button and try again.

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    8. If prompted, click/tap on Erase USB Device. (see screenshot below)

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    9. If prompted, click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

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    10. When successfully finished, you can close the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
    NOTE: It could take a little while to finish.

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1. Stephanie's Avatar
    Posts : 15,940
    Windows 10 Professional x64
       10 Oct 2014 #1

    Clear clean and easy to understand, thank you Shawn great tutorial, making my USB flash drive shortly
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  2.    15 Oct 2014 #2

    I would like to create a bootable dvd instead of a usb. I tried Rufus and did not have any success.
    Maybe my Sandisk is at fault. But I can put other things on it ok.
    I have my BIOS set to recognize a dvd instead of a usb. Would like to keep it that way.
    I have spent hours on this with no success. I intend to put windows 10 on another drive and
    manually disconnect my C drive which has windows 7 pro 64-bit on it.
    Thanks for any suggestion and this forum
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    15 Oct 2014 #3

    jack said: View Post
    I would like to create a bootable dvd instead of a usb. I tried Rufus and did not have any success.
    Maybe my Sandisk is at fault. But I can put other things on it ok.
    I have my BIOS set to recognize a dvd instead of a usb. Would like to keep it that way.
    I have spent hours on this with no success. I intend to put windows 10 on another drive and
    manually disconnect my C drive which has windows 7 pro 64-bit on it.
    Thanks for any suggestion and this forum
    Use Option Two in Brinks tutorial and in step #6 choose DVD instead of USB.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    16 Oct 2014 #4

    Thank you very much for your reply Edwin.
    I had a hard time finding this post again this morning.
    Have no idea what forum it is in. Thought it was in the Windows 10 news.
    Would help guys like me if the forum name was posted somewhere at the top.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 34,492
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18290
    Thread Starter
       16 Oct 2014 #5

    jack said: View Post
    Would help guys like me if the forum name was posted somewhere at the top.
    It is. :)

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  6. Posts : 611
    ,7,8.1 10TP 10upgrade,MINT
       18 Oct 2014 #6

    I have made a bootable dvd simply by burning a blank dvd straight from the downloaded iso using the basic Microsoft disc burning software in W7. Sofar, I have used it three times on two different pc's. These were clean installs.
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  7.    18 Oct 2014 #7

    Thank you Tinmar49 for replying.
    I've it working now.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    26 Jan 2015 #8

    Hi,

    Just curious;
    This option (OPTION TWO) doesn't work? (My favorite option )
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 34,492
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18290
    Thread Starter
       26 Jan 2015 #9

    Hello Yasak, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Yes, that option can work with Windows 10 as well. I just didn't include it since it so much easier and risk free to use OPTION ONE here instead. :)
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