How to Make a Bootable USB for Windows 10

Aamir Khan

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To install windows 10, we need bootable media like a USB drive or DVD. In this era, USB beats DVD for many reasons. It is portable and compatible with all pc and laptops because all have USB ports, while on the other hand, all pc don’t have DVD ROM and in many cases, we don’t even have DVDs because of the risk of data loss on DVDs is much more in it as compared to USB. All modern pc or laptops come with USB ports and don’t have space for DVD ROM.

So we will learn how to make a bootable USB using all methods.

Method 1: By Windows Media Creation Tool 

This is the recommended method by Microsoft. Download  Windows Media Creation Tool from Microsoft.

Make a bootable USB for windows 10 by windows media creation tool

What You’ll Need

We’ll use Microsoft’s recommended method to make a bootable Windows 10 USB drive. It requires:

  • The Windows Media Creation Tool, which you can download for free
  • A Windows PC
  • An eight-gigabyte flash drive
  • An internet connection

How to Make a bootable USB for windows 10

First, you need to format our USB; if you have any data, we should save it. Firstly, we need to download the windows media tool as shown above; after the download has been completed, launch it and prompt.

Click “Accept” in the bottom right-hand corner of the Terms and Conditions page.

Install media creation tool to Make a bootable USB for windows 10

Select “Create Installation Media” and then click “Next.”

Process to Make a bootable USB for windows 10-1

You should leave the default settings alone if you don’t have a specific need to install a different version of Windows 10. Then, click “Next.”

Process to Make a bootable USB for windows 10-2

Select “USB Flash Drive” and click “Next.”

Choosing media to create a bootable USB for windows 10 or to creat an ISO file

After you click next, the windows creation tool will start downloading the windows file as it is about 4Gb of file size, so that it can take some time according to your internet connection.

After a while, your USB will be ready for use.

Last step to Process to Make a bootable USB for windows 10 by WIndows creation tool

Click finish and eject the USB from your computer; now, you can use this USB for windows installation on any Windows-based computer.

Method 2: Make a bootable USB for windows 10 with Rufus

This is the second method to make USB bootable in case you have a downloaded ISO file of windows 10, and by using the software Rufus you can make a USB bootable by following these steps.

First of all, download Rufus from the original web.

Download Rufus to Make a bootable USB for windows 10

After the download is completed, install this software, and after the installation has been done, open this software.

Setting up rufus to create aootable USB for windows 10-1

Insert your USB device; as you insert USB, this software will detect your USB

Then in the device, select your USB device as given.

Selectin USB to make a USB bootable for WIndows 10

Now in Boot Selection, check “Disk or ISO image.”

Now you have two options.

. Selecting ISO file

If you already download the ISO file, then choose select.

. Download the file

And if you don’t download any file, then choose download.

After selecting a download, click on the download, and then you will be asked to download which file, windows ten or windows 11. We are making a bootable USB for windows 10, so we select windows ten and start downloading.

After some time, it will be downloaded and automatically made USB bootable, so we need to wait for the whole process.

We are making a bootable USB of downloaded ISO files, so we work with the file.

So click on select and then choose the ISO file.

We have selected the ISO file and are just one step away and ready to make our USB bootable.

This is the most crucial step to making a USB bootable. Otherwise, our bootable USB will not work.

Now we have two options to choose from according to our installed Harddisk partition type(MBR or GPT)

Please select one of them according to your partition type.

If you want to see whether your existing uses MBR or GPT, it’s easy.

  1. Press Windows key + X.
  2. Click Disk Management.
  3. Find the drive in the bottom pane, right-click it, and click Properties.
  4. Switch to the Volumes tab.
  5. Next to the Partition style, you’ll see either Master Boot Record (MBR) or GUID Partition Table (GPT).

After carefully selecting your partition type, click the start button at the bottom and wait. Keep in mind that if you have any data in the USB will be erased first because it first cleanup USB and then start making your USB bootable. When the whole process is finished, you can unplug your USB, which is now bootable, and use it for windows installation.

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