How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB

So, finally it’s time for Windows 10 to be released.  The latest and last version of Microsoft OS is out in the market. The universal Windows is supposed to create a havoc and peak in popularity with the new features it has to offer. Although the new Start Menu is probably the best feature of the OS, it also has loads of surprises in store for the users. It is going to be equally great in touch screen and in keyboard and mouse versions.

One of the best ways to get a hang of the system is with the help of a bootable USB drive. We will take you through a step by step journey so as to teach you how to create Windows 10 bootable USB in this article.

What we Need

But before we get into how to create the Windows 10 bootable USB, we must know what we need in order to perform the task. We need the following in order to smoothly operate:

  1. Windows 10 ISO with a working product key.
  2. WinRAR or 7 ZIP or any other archiving tool which serves a similar purpose.
  3. A Windows PC.
  4. USB drives (obviously!) – in case of a 32-bit system, a 4 GB USB stick is sufficient. However, in case of a 64-bit system you will need an 8 GB USB stick. The faster the speed of the USB stick you have faster will be the completion of your task.

Creating Bootable USB Drive

Once you have acquired all the necessary equipment, it is now time to actually create the Bootable USB drive for the purpose of the installation. If you do not already have an archiving tool installed in your system, you need to first install it. Once the installation is over, extract all the contents of the Windows 10 ISO with its help. Create a separate folder for the contents of the extracted Windows 10 ISO. Also, you are advised to create a backup of all the files present on your USB drive as a precautionary measure.

Once you have finished the aforementioned tasks, connect your USB to your Windows PC and follow the steps below:

  • Using the Quick Routine and “format fs=ntfs quick” format the partition you just made.
  • Then create a partition on the USB with the help of the “create partition primary” command and select the created partition with “select partition 1”.
  • By the help of the “select disk” option, you will be able to select the required USB.
  • The “list disk” option will show you a list of all the various external storage devices.
  • You will need to open the “Command Prompt” dialogue box on your PC. You can achieve it by going to the Start Menu or by pressing the Windows + R key on your keyboard. Once the dialogue box is available type “cmd” and hit enter.
  • Next, you need to open the disk partitioning software with the help of “disk part” option and in order to carry on further you may need to validate the UAC.
  • Next, you will need to identify the USB which you are going to use for the procedure (the easiest way of identification is by the size of the disk).
  • Format the USB with the help of the “clean” command.
  • The “active” command will activate or validate the presence of the created partition.
  • The “Assign” command will help you to create a folder name by which your USB drive will be identified under My Computers and copy the extracted Windows 10 ISO file in the USB.

Installation

Now that your USB drive is completely ready, it is finally time to install the Windows 10 on your Windows PC. Booting with the help of a USB drive is pretty simple. Either your PC is already equipped with a boot from USB option. Else you will have to do it manually by altering the boot option under BIOS setting. Once done, you can install Windows 10 in the normal method.

Alternative Method

You can also use Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, which, although created for Windows 7, works perfectly for Windows 10 too.

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