How to create a bootable USB for Windows 10

by Surur
July 22, 2015

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Windows 10 is set to be released later this month. The OS will be available on flash drives; however, if you want to make a bootable USB Pendrive for Windows 10, you can do that pretty quickly. Here’s how to do it:

The easy way to make a bootable USB Pendrive for Windows 10

There’s always an “easy way” to do things on Windows using some software. Creating a bootable USB pendrive is also pretty easy – here’s how to do it:

  1. Download Rufus from here
  2. Click and Open rufus.exe
  3. Once the user interface of the software opens up, plug in your USB
  4. After that, look for the “Create a bootable USB drive option,” and from the dropdown, select an ISO Image
  5. Then, click on the button next to the dropdown and select the Windows 10 ISO that you want to install
  6. Lastly, click on “Start” and wait for the software to create the bootable USB drive.

That’s pretty much it. You now have a bootable USB drive, plug it in your device and make sure your BIOS is all set up, and you should now be able to easily install Windows 10 using the bootable USB drive that you just created.

How to create a bootable USB drive for Windows 10

Create bootable USB Windows 10 Using Command Prompt

If you don’t want to use any software, there’s another way of creating a bootable USB drive, but that’s a bit trickier. Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, make sure your USB drive is plugged in.
  2. Search and open Command Prompt as an administrator.
  3. Next, you’ll have to open the disk management utility using CMD (Command Prompt) – to do that, type in diskpart and hit enter.
  4. After that, you will have to display the connected disks that are available – to do that, type in list disk and hit enter.
  5. Then, you’ll need to select your USB drive – to do that, type select disk # and hit enter – you’ll have to replace the # with your disk number.
  6. Next, you’ll have to clean the USB drive – to do that, type clean and hit enter.
  7. Then you’ll need to create a bootable partition – type in create partition primary and hit enter.
  8. You will now need to select the partition that you just created. To do that, type in select partition 1. 
  9. After that, type active and hit enter.
  10. Next, you’ll need to format the USB drive – type in format fs=fat32 and hit enter.
  11. You’ll now need to assign your USB drive a letter. To do that, type in assign.
  12. Lastly, copy all the Windows 10 files and paste them into the USB drive. (You can copy the files by extracting an ISO or copying it from a Windows 10 disk).

That’s it! You have just manually created a Windows 10 bootable USB drive, and it’s ready to install Windows 10 on your device.

Creating a bootable USB drive windows 10 is pretty easy, to be honest. If you’re not an expert, I’d recommend following the easy way of creating the bootable USB Pendrive. However, if you’re an expert, follow the hard way of creating the bootable USB drive and avoid using any software.

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