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How to create Windows 10 bootable USB drive

How to create Windows 10 bootable USB drive

These days very few people who burn ISO images on disks and use them as bootable media. Now, USB drives have replaced them as they are faster and a more convenient method to install an operating system on a machine. 

Bootable USB drives are a better option than DVDs, as they can be used on the vast majority of devices in use today, including slim ultrabooks which do not have optical drives. They are also much faster, so the time it takes to install Windows 10 is significantly lower, and allowing you to easily carry one wherever you need.

If you do not have a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive, this detailed how-to guide takes you through all the steps involved in creating your own bootable USB installation media.

How to create a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive using Rufus

You can use Rufus, which is a free tool designed to help users to create bootable USB flash drive. One of the first cool things about Rufus is that no installation is necessary.

In order to create a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive you will need to prepare the following, before we can go any further:

  • Windows 10 ISO file
  • USB drive (16 GB)
  • Windows PC

Follow the below steps as mentioned to create a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive:

Step 1: Download Rufus.

Step 2: Open Rufus and connect your USB drive to your computer.

Step 3: Under “Device,” select the drive you want to use and on the “Boot selection,” click the “Select” button to load the Windows 10 ISO file.

Open Rufus and connect your USB drive to your computer

Step 4: Under “Image option,” select the “Standard Windows Installation” option and use the “Partition scheme” drop-down menu, and select the “GPT” option.

Load Windows 10 ISO file

Under the “Target system” drop-down menu, select “UEFI (non CSM)” option.

Step 5: Under format options section, enter “Volume label,” to specify a name for the USB flash drive. Keep the remaining default settings.

Enter volume label to specify a name for the USB flash drive

Hit the “Start” button to kick off the process.

So, this is how you can create a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive with Rufus tool which is ready to be used for installing Windows 10 on your PC.

What Next?

Now that you have the bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive ready to go, you are probably wondering what is the next step. Well, to kick off the install you have to boot from that USB drive.

Booting from a USB drive can be enabled by altering the boot order under BIOS settings to have USB at the top. After performing this step, your PC will automatically boot from the USB drive and take you straight to the Windows 10 setup.

From there on, it is business as usual: enter your product key, if asked, and select where you want to install the operating system.

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Sunil is a front-end developer, illustrator and an online entrepreneur. He is the founder of "Hello Sunil" where he shares his love of technology with the world. He loves to write technical how-tos and tutorials. He is open minded and willing to explore beyond his knowledge.

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