A Windows 10 bootable USB drive is extremely useful. You can use this drive to install a new version of Windows 10, run certain system tools, and even repair your computer when it refuses to turn on.
There are several ways to create a Windows 10 boot installation drive. You can use Microsoft’s own tool or use a free, open source third-party application to create your boot drive.
Create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive with the media creation tool
If you have not yet downloaded the Windows 10 ISO file, use the Microsoft Media Creation Tool to create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive. The tool automatically downloads the ISO and helps you install it. on your USB drive.
Before you begin, make sure The internet is stable and has a good download speed because you will be downloading a file of several GB in size.
You will also need a file USB drive with a minimum storage capacity of 8 GB. The following procedure will erase the entire contents of the drive, so make sure nothing important is stored in the drive.
- Open a browser on your PC and go to Download Windows 10 place. You can also go to the media creation page directly.
- Select Download the tool now to download the media creation tool.
- Launch the Downloaded Media Creation Tool.
- The tool displays the license terms on the first screen. Select Accept to continue.
- Then select the file Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC option. Select Next at the bottom.
- The tool now asks you to select the language, edition, and architecture of the Windows 10 operating system that you want to download. Select these options if you want or activate them Use the recommended options for this PC. Select Next.
- Select USB memory at the Choose the media you want to use screen to create a bootable USB drive. Select Next.
- Connect the USB drive to the computer.
- Select Update the list of disks in the media creation tool.
- Your USB drive is listed. Select the unit, then select Next.
- Wait until the tool makes a bootable USB drive. This will take a while.
- When the bootable USB drive is ready, select Finish.
Use Rufus to create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive
If you have already downloaded the Windows 10 ISO file, use Rufus to flash the file to your USB drive. Rufus is a free and open source application that allows users to do this create boot drives of various operating systems, including Linux and Windows.
To use Rufus:
- Insert your USB drive (which has at least 8 GB of space) into your computer.
- Go to Rufus and download Rufus to your computer.
- Double-click the downloaded Rufus file to start the tool.
- Select Yes in the user account control request.
- The Rufus window opens to configure the boot drive. Steps 6 to 17 refer to the following image.
- Select your USB drive in Device drop-down menu at the top.
- From Boot selection menu, select Disc or ISO image (select it). Choose Select next to this option, go to where you saved the Windows 10 ISO file and select the file to add to Rufus.
- make sure Standard Windows installation is selected in the file Image option dropdown menu.
- Select GPT from Partitioning scheme menu.
- Select UEFI (no CSM) from Destination system menu.
- A la Volume label , enter a descriptive name for your boot drive. For example, Win10USBDrive it is a rather descriptive name.
- Select Show advanced format options.
- Activate the file Quick format option.
- Activate the file Creates extended tag and icon files option.
- Select To start at the bottom of Rufus to start creating your bootable USB drive.
- Select OK in the request that appears.
- Select Close on the safe boot indicator.
Your Windows 10 bootable USB drive is ready.
How to boot your computer from a Windows 10 bootable USB drive
To boot the computer from the newly created boot drive, you must change the boot order in the BIOS setup menu of your PC. Also, you need to disable the safe boot option in the same BIOS menu.
On most computers, you can access the BIOS by pressing and holding the key F2 while the computer is booting. Read our guide to enter the BIOS.
- Connect your bootable USB drive to your PC and turn it off.
- Hold down the key F2 of the keyboard.
- While holding down the F2 key, press the key Power to turn on the computer.
- You should now be in the BIOS. On this screen, press the right arrow key to select the Boot card.
- Highlights Boot option no. 1 and press Enter.
- Select a boot drive from the menu. Select the newly created USB boot drive and press Enter.
- Use the right arrow key to access the file Security and highlight the tab Safe boot option and press Enter.
- Highlights Safe boot control and press Enter.
- Choose Off from the menu and press Enter.
- Press the button Esc key, go to Save and exit tab, select Save your changes and exitand press Enter.
- Select Yes on the screen.
The computer will boot from the newly created Windows 10 USB boot drive. You can now repair your computer or install a new version of Windows 10 with this unit.
Extra tip: Create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive from the command prompt
If you prefer the command line, there is one to create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive. This creates exactly the same unity that the methods mentioned above do; the requirements remain the same, however.