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How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash Drive

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If you are planning on a clean installation of Windows 10, you need to create a bootable USB flash drive, or in case of recovery, you will need the bootable USB or DVD. Since the release of Windows 10 and if you’re on a newer device then your system uses UEFI mode ( Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) instead of the legacy BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) and because of this, you need to be sure that the installation media includes the correct firmware support.

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How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash Drive

Now there are many ways to create a Windows 10 bootable USB flash drive, but we will show you how to do that using Microsoft Media Creation Tool and Rufus. So without wasting any time, let’s see How to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to install Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed guide.

How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash Drive

Method 1: Create bootable USB media to install Windows 10 using Media Creation Tool

1. Download the Media Creation Tool from the Microsoft website.

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2. Double-click on the MediaCreationTool.exe file to launch the application.

3. Click Accept then select “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC” and click Next.

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4. Now the language, edition, and architecture will automatically be selected according to your PC configuration but if you still want to set them yourself uncheck the option at the bottom saying “Use the recommended options for this PC“.

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5. Click Next and then select the USB flash drive option and again click Next.

Select USB flash drive then click Next

6. Make sure to insert the USB and then click Refresh drive list.

7. Select your USB and then click Next.

select usb flash drive

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Note: This will format the USB and will erase all data.

8. Media Creation Tool will begin downloading Windows 10 files, and it will create the bootable USB.

downloading Windows 10 ISO

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Method 2: How to create Windows 10 Bootable USB using Rufus

1. Insert your USB Flash Drive into PC and make sure it’s empty.

Note: You will need at least 7 GB of free space on the drive.

2. Download Rufus and then double-click on the .exe file to launch the application.

3. Select your USB device under Device, then under “Partition scheme and target system type” select the GPT partition scheme for UEFI.

Select your USB device then select GPT partition scheme for UEFI

4. Under New volume label type Windows 10 USB or any name you desire.

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5. Next, under Format Options, make sure:

Uncheck “Check the device for bad blocks.”
Check “Quick Format.”
Check “Create a bootable disk using”and select ISO image from the drop-down
Check “Create extended label and icon files

Checkmark quick format, create a bootable disk using ISO image

6. Now under “Create a bootable disk using ISO image” click the drive icon next to it.

Now under Create a bootable disk using ISO image click the drive icon next to it

7. Select the Windows 10 image and click Open.

Note: You could download the Windows 10 ISO using Media Creation Tool and follow method 1 instead of USB select ISO file.

8. Click Start and click OK to confirm the format of the USB.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash Drive but if you still have any queries regarding this post then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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