How to Burn Windows ISO to USB, DVD/CD (Bootable)

Do you want to learn how to burn Windows 10 ISO to USB (bootable) drive or DVD/CD either for transferring or for a safety purpose without using the Windows media creation tool?

If your answer to this question is yes, you are probably reading the right article to download Windows 10 ISO file on a bootable file. Bootable files could be a DVD/CD drive, USB drive, etc.

However, in this guide today we’ll walk you through the entire procedure to burn Windows 10 ISO to a USB drive.

Download Windows 10 ISO (Disc Image)

To download Windows 10 ISO file and install it on your PC or upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can download the ISO file directly from the Microsoft website using the media creation tool or download the ISO files without the media creation tool.

However, to download a transferable Windows 10 ISO file, you can burn it to a USB flash drive or a DVD/CD, etc.

What is ISO to USB?

ISO to USB is a self-explanatory program that allows Windows users to make any USB storage device bootable by burning the ISO file on USB.

If you have already installed an operating system using a CD or DVD, you’d probably know more about the whole process and how long it takes the whole process to complete.

With ISO to USB, you can take a disk image in ISO format and image it directly on the drive.

What is the Windows ISO File?

ISO file is a disc image of an optical file. In other words, it’s an archive file that contains everything that would be written to an optical disc, system ISO image file bear the .iso file name extension.

Windows 10 ISO file is an archive file that contains all the system information to install Windows 10 operating system on a Windows computer.

The ISO Windows file is a compressed Windows installer that contains the full Windows 10 file to either upgrade from a lower Windows operating system or upgrades from Windows 10 version 1803 to Windows 1908.

With the ISO file, you will have the whole Windows package installer in a single file which is in a zip format or archive in a single file folder.

Burn Windows ISO to DVD/CD

If you have a working USB drive (bootable) with at least 10GB capacity and the Windows 10 ISO file, you can burn the Windows OS to the bootable device.

You cannot only burn Windows OS to a USB drive, but you can also burn Windows OS to DVD/CD, flash drives, memory disc, and other USB storage device.

1. Insert an empty re-writable DVD or CD drive into your computer via the CD-R disc into your optical drive.

2. A disc wizard option will appear on the screen with options to configure your DVD/CD disc before you start to burn the Windows OS.

3. Under “how do you want to use this disc” select like a USB drive

4. Once you’ve selected how you want to use the inserted DVD/CD drive click on next while the disc is prepared to use.

5. Now, browser for the Windows 10 ISO file you want to burn on the DVD or CD drive and navigate to Start > File Explorer > This PC and open the drive with your DVD/CD name ( Drive:D, etc) and drag and drop the ISO file to the drive.

6. Wait until the file you are transferring completely moved to the DVD or CD drive you inserted. Once you have successfully burnt the Windows ISO file into the DVD/CD drive click on the manage tab and click on eject.

Note: It might take hours before the file will completely burn to your CD drive but it does really worth the wait.

Burn Windows 10 ISO to USB

You can burn Windows 10 ISO file to a USB drive rather than the DVD/CD drive considered above. All you need to do is to get a USB flash drive with enough storage capacity.

Once you have gotten the USB drive, follow this procedure to burn Windows 10 ISO file to a USB drive.

1. Download and install Rufus (a tool to format and create bootable USB flash on Windows computer)

2. Double-click on the Rufus tool icon on your desktop to launch the tool on your computer.

3. Insert the USB Drive into your computer via the USB port and make sure it’s firm and far-from shaking.

4. The Rufus tool will recognize the inserted USB drive and all the USB drive information will pop.

5. Under the “Drive” select the USB name or drive name and select (Disc or ISO image) and then click on select.

Windows 10 ISO to USB

6. A new dialogue box will pop, select the Windows 10 ISO file to burn and click on select. The Windows ISO file you selected will display under the bootable selection.

Select Windows ISO

7. Under the “Partition Scheme” click on the drop menu and select “MBR” to allow the bootable USB to boot on both UEFI and BIOS computer.

Select MBR

8. Click on the “Start” option and confirm the popup warning that says “ ALL DATA ON DEVICE WII BE DESTROYED” to start burning the Windows 10 ISO file to the connected USB drive.

Start to burn

Note: If you have any personal files on this USB drive they’d be wiped off before its start burning the ISO file.

9. The ISO file burning process to your USB drive will starts. This might take minutes to hours. Do not unplug the drive and make sure it’s not shaking so that the whole burning process will not be interrupted.

Windows 10 ISO to USB

When the ISO file image is done burning, you can then close the Rufus tool and eject your USB  drive. With the ISO file on the USB, you can directly install Windows 10 from the USB on any Windows computer without downloading another Windows 10 installer ISO file.

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