How to Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB

Gone are the days when you needed a DVD to install your Windows OS. It was a long and tedious process of recording and assembling the record. With the latest enhancements, you can easily create a bootable Windows 10 USB in a few simple steps. In this article, I have shared some of the easiest ways to install Windows 10. The best part is that it doesn’t take much time and can get your work done in just 3-4 minutes. That said, let’s start with the guide and learn how to create Windows 10 bootable USB right away.

Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive

There are many ways to create a bootable Windows 10 USB, but we will mainly focus on two popular methods. In addition, I will also share an interesting method where you don’t even need a USB thumb drive to boot Windows 10, let alone create a bootable USB. That said, let’s start with the guide.

1. Create a bootable Windows 10 USB with Rufus

Rufus is an extremely popular application that allows you to create bootable USB from any operating system. The best part of Rufus is that it’s very fast and light. In fact, it can create bootable drives much earlier than other tools. I love Rufus for his efficiency and I’m sure you will. Here are the steps.

1. First, download and install Rufus (free). The file size is pretty low at 1MB and doesn’t require any kind of installation. Just download and run. Initially, it will ask for your permission to run, so click “Yes”.

2. This is your default Rufus interface. You don’t need to tap any other options. Just plug in your USB flash drive and Rufus will detect it. After that, click on the “SELECT” button and choose the Windows 10 ISO image.

3. Now, click the “START” button and you’re done. In about 3-4 minutes, Rufus will create your Windows 10 bootable USB and you can use it to live boot any PC.

If for some reason you don’t like Rufus, you can use PowerISO (Free) as an alternative. It is quite similar to Rufus and works very well. To create Windows 10 bootable USB, open Tools and click “Create Bootable USB”.

2. Create a bootable Windows 10 USB with the media creation tool

Microsoft has developed the Media Creation Tool, a program to easily create Windows 10 bootable USB. While it does not allow you to manually select an ISO image, it downloads the latest Windows 10 ISO image from Microsoft server and creates a bootable USB. Basically, it makes the process much simpler and easier. So here’s how it goes.

1. Download the Media Creation Tool from on here and run it.

2. After that, click on the “Accept” button to proceed.

Create a Windows 10 Bootable USB with the Media Creation Tool

3. Now select the “Create installation media” option and click the “Next” button.

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4. On the next page, it will preselect your PC configuration. If you want to change it, uncheck the recommended options and make the changes. After that, click on the “Next” button.

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5. Here, select the “USB thumb drive” option and click the “Next” button.

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6. On the next page, it will detect your USB flash drive. if it’s not showing then remove the flash drive and plug it in again. After that, click on the “Next” button.

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7. Finally, it will start downloading the latest copy of Windows 10 and create Windows 10 bootable USB from then on.

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Bonus: No need to create Windows 10 bootable USB

We created Windows 10 bootable USB a long time ago. However, Microsoft has made some big changes to Windows 10 that let you mount the ISO image in the form of a DVD drive. Basically, you don’t need a flash drive or a separate tool to create a bootable Windows 10 drive. Here’s how to do it.

1. Right-click the ISO image and click “Open With” and select “Windows Explorer.”

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2. Now the ISO image will be mounted as a separate bootable drive on your PC. On here, open the “Configuration” file and follow the instructions. After that, you will be able to install the OS without creating a Windows 10 bootable USB.

Bonus no need to create Windows 10 bootable USB

SEE ALSO: How to Download and Install Windows 10 S on Your PC

Create a Windows 10 Bootable USB the Easy Way

So, that was our little guide on how to create a bootable USB from Windows 10. As I mentioned above, Rufus is a no-frills app for creating a bootable USB quickly. It’s simply the best and you don’t need anything else. However, if you want to install the latest version of Windows 10, I recommend the Media Creation Tool. It works great and offers a seamless experience. I also mentioned that you don’t need to create a Windows 10 bootable USB, the built-in mount feature is great. But remember, you can only use this method on working PCs. So that’s all for us. If you want to know more about Windows 10, comment below and let us know.

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