How To Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB Flash Drive
Microsoft has just launched its latest Windows 10 operating system in 190 countries. The OS is available as a free downloadable update for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.
Redmond has plans on seeding out the updates in multiple waves; however, if you’ve already reserved your copy of Windows 10 you should be able to upgrade to it today, or soon afterwards.
While the process of upgrading Windows has become incredibly easy thanks to digital downloads, there are still many users who would prefer having a bootable install drive of the new OS. Not only does it offer the convenience and flexibility, it becomes the first port of call for everyone when things go the wrong way for some reason.
Further, the OS would take more than an hour to download, until or unless you have a 1Gbps Internet connection, which I’m sure most don’t. In that case, a bootable Windows 10 USB installer is the best option if you want to upgrade more than one computers.
- Be sure to check out: How to Download Windows 10 (Even If You Haven’t Received Install Files Yet)
Microsoft has released a tool that will let you download Windows 10, then create a bootable USB flash drive or burn to a DVD. The following tutorial will guide you through the process to create a bootable Windows 10 USB for installation on your desktop or notebook PC.
- Make sure you have a stable Internet connection.
- A 4GB or larger USB Flash Drive, which should be formatted before going ahead.
- Windows product key for those installing the OS for the first time.
Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB Drive
Go to this link and download the official Windows 10 media creation tool. There are 32- and 64-bit versions available, make sure you download the one you need.
Plug in a USB drive to your Windows PC.
Launch the media creation files you’ve just downloaded.
Now, you’ll have two options. You can either upgrade the PC you’re on to Windows 10, or ‘Create installation media for another PC.’ Select the latter and click on ‘Next’ in the bottom right corner.
On the next screen, select your language, the edition of Windows 10 you wish to download, and the architecture (32-bit, 64-bit, or both). Once you’re done, click on ‘Next.’
Note: When choosing the edition, make sure you select the one that matches the Windows license you have.
Select the ‘USB flash drive’ option. If you select ‘ISO file,’ you’ll need to burn it to DVD later. Click on ‘Next’ again.
You’ll now be prompted to select the USB drive you’ve plugged into your PC. After you’ve made your choice, click on ‘Next.’
Windows 10 will now start downloading. The process will take a while to complete depending on the speed of your internet connection. So, keep patience.
Once it has finished, you’ll have a bootable Windows 10 USB drive, all ready to be installed on a new PC or upgrade an existing system. Enjoy!
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