It is really easy to get intimidated when you hear terms such as “bootable USB” or “media creation tool” being thrown around, however, don’t let it. Creating a Windows 10 bootable USB drive is a really simple process and most of the time you should definitely do if you own a Windows computer. The backup drive can save you both time and a headache if you ever want to reinstall Windows actually. And if you are building a gaming PC, then this is one of the last things you will need to finalize your build. Let’s discuss How to Make a Bootable USB Windows 10.
Well, besides an empty 8GB USB drive and a Windows PC, you will need to set aside roughly 30 minutes. Maybe longer than that, depends on your internet speed actually.
In order to be clear, it is possible to use a Mac to create a Windows 10 boot driver. However, the process is fairly involved and needs familiarity with Terminal, Mac’s command-line tool. It is not actually a process that I’d recommend for the average user. I recently built my first gaming PC, and in spite of my mild comfort level with Terminal. I still found using a Windows computer to be a safer and easier process as well.
How to Make a Bootable USB Windows 10
In order, to get the ISO for the official release of Windows 10. Go to this Microsoft page and then download the 64 or 32-bit version of the media creation tool. It will permit you to upgrade your Windows 7 SP 1 or Windows 8.1 PC, or also download the ISO to use later for a clean install as well.
Create Windows 10 Technical Preview USB Drive
Microsoft has also a dedicated tool that you can use in order to download the Windows 10 system image (also referred to as ISO). And then create your bootable USB drive actually.
- You should start through going to this page and tapping on the Download tool now.
- When the download finishes, double-click the file called MediaCreationToolxxxx to run it. (The last four digits of the file name basically indicate the version number of Windows 10. Right now, the filename is MediaCreationTool1909, however, that will change as newer versions are released.) The file should be in your Downloads folder actually.
- Now accept Microsoft’s terms and conditions, choose to Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC, and then tap on Next.
- It will ask you to choose the language, edition, and architecture that you want to use. By default, the tool will use the best options for the PC that you are creating the boot drive on. You can also change any of the options through unchecking the box next in order to Use the recommended options for this PC and using the drop-down options as well. If you are not sure if you need a 64-bit or a 32-bit architecture, then choose Both from the Architecture drop-down.
- Tap on Next when you have adjusted the options, leave the USB flash drive selected. And then plug your USB drive into your computer. Choose Next to continue as well.
- Finally, choose the USB drive from the list. If you guys have more than one drive connected to your computer and are not sure which one to pick. Then disconnect the extra drives actually. Along with the right drive selected, tap on Next.
Well, Microsoft’s tool will take care of the rest from there. Go get a drink, take a walk, or also browse the internet when the tool does its job. Again, the process should take about 30 minutes, give or take, relying on your internet speed.
When the tool is done, then tap on Finish and remove the USB drive from your PC. Going forward, if you want to install or reinstall Windows, then you can connect the drive to your computer and reboot it as well. Your PC should boot to the drive, which gives you the option to install Windows.
If that does not happen, then you will need to reboot your computer into its BIOS firmware. Mostly, done with tapping Esc, F2, or a similar key when the computer is starting up. And change the boot drive or “boot menu” to your flash drive actually. The process for each and every computer (or motherboard if you guys are building a gaming PC) will be different. I suggest you consult your manual for instructions.
You are good to go. If you have any queries and issues related to this article then let us know in the comments section below.
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