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How to Create a Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive: A Step-by-Step Guide

Updated: Jan 5


Creating a bootable Windows 10 USB drive is an essential tool for installing or repairing the operating system. Whether you're upgrading your current system or starting fresh, a bootable USB drive ensures a smooth installation process. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to create one:

Step 1: Gather Requirements

Ensure you have the following before starting:

  • A USB drive with a minimum of 8GB capacity.

  • A working computer with internet access.

  • The Windows 10 ISO file.

Step 2: Download the Windows 10 ISO File

  1. Visit the official Microsoft website and select "Download tool now" under "Create Windows 10 installation media."

  2. Run the downloaded tool and select "Create installation media for another PC."

  3. Choose the language, edition, and architecture for Windows 10 and click "Next."

  4. Select "USB flash drive" and click "Next."

Step 3: Prepare the USB Drive

  1. Connect the USB drive to your computer.

  2. The tool will display available drives. Select your USB drive and click "Next."

  3. The tool will start downloading Windows 10 and create a bootable USB drive. This process may take some time.

Step 4: Boot from the USB Drive

  1. Insert the bootable USB drive into the computer you want to install Windows on.

  2. Restart your computer.

  3. Enter the BIOS/UEFI settings by pressing the designated key (usually F2, F12, Esc, or Del) during startup.

  4. Go to the Boot options and set the USB drive as the primary boot device.

  5. Save changes and exit the BIOS/UEFI settings.

Step 5: Install Windows 10

  1. Your computer will boot from the USB drive.

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows 10.

  3. Choose your language, time, and keyboard preferences.

  4. Enter your product key if prompted.

  5. Select the installation type and the drive where you want to install Windows.

  6. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Step 6: Finalize Installation

  1. Once the installation is complete, remove the USB drive and restart your computer.

  2. Windows 10 should now be installed on your system.

  3. Proceed with setting up your user account and configuring preferences.

Additional Tips:

  • Always back up important data before installing or re-installing an operating system.

  • Ensure your computer meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 10.

  • Make sure the USB drive is empty, as the tool will format it during the creation process.

Creating a bootable Windows 10 USB drive is a handy skill that can save time and hassle during system installations or repairs. With these steps, you'll have a reliable tool ready for any Windows 10 setup needs.

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