Many people might not know but it is very easy to create a Windows 10 bootable USB. We would show you how to do this so that you would no longer get intimidated when you hear windows 10 bootable USB. The process of creating this bootable USB is quite simple and it can be quickly done if you own a Windows PC.
Also, this great backup drive would not only save you time but also save you from the stress involved in having to reinstall Windows. In addition, you would also need it to finalize the process of building a gaming PC.
All you need to achieve this is an empty 8GB USB flash drive as well as your Windows PC that is connected to the internet. The process should take roughly 30 minutes depending on how strong your internet connection is.
You should also know that it is possible to use your Mac computer to create a Windows 10 bootable USB too. However, this process would require a good knowledge of your Terminal, which is the command tool for your Mac computer.
Hence, this process is only recommended for advanced users while using a Windows PC is recommended for beginners and average users. Check out how this detailed guide to helping you achieve this below.
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How to Create a Windows 10 Bootable USB
Here, we consider the simplest possible approach you can follow to create a bootable Windows 10 USB.
Using Microsoft’s media creation tool
Luckily, Microsoft has a dedicated tool that allows you to download the Windows 10 system image or ISO which you can use to create the bootable USB drive. To do this, follow the steps explained below.
- The first step is to download the tool by going to the Microsoft site here and clicking on the Download Tool Now icon.
- After downloading, double click on the file called MediaCreationToolxxxx in your download folder. This is the file that would run the tool. The last four digits of the file name also indicate the version number of your Windows.
- Then, you can accept Microsoft’s terms and conditions.
- Afterward, click on the Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC and then tap the Next icon.
- You would need to select the language, edition, and architecture you prefer. Although by default, the tool would have already selected the best options for your PC you can change this if you wish.
- To change the already selected options, simply uncheck the box beside Use the recommended options for this PC and using the drop-down options. From the architecture drop down, you can select either the 64-bit or 32-bit option. In case you are not sure of the one you need, you can simply select Both.
- After adjusting all the options, select Next then plug in your USB drive into your PC and click on Continue.
- Finally, you can now select your USB drive from the list that you’ll see. In case you have more than one flash drive connected to your computer while the process is going on and you are not sure of the one to choose, just disconnect all the other drives. With this, you would see only one flash drive option on the list. After you click on it, select Next. This might take some time so you need to be patient.
- From this point onwards, the Microsoft tool would take control so you do not need to stay by your computer. Like we mentioned earlier, it could take roughly 30 minutes depending on how strong your internet connection is.
- Once the tool is done, all you need to do is tap the Finish icon and eject the USB drive from your computer. With this, whenever you need to install or reinstall Windows on your PC, you can just connect the drive and reboot your computer. Your PC would then boot the drive while giving you an option to install Windows. Awesome right?
- Meanwhile, if this does not happen, you would have to reboot your PC into its BIOS firmware. You can do this by pressing the Esc, F2, or a similar button while your computer is starting up, then change the boot drive or menu to your flash drive. You should note that the process for each computer or motherboard for gaming PC would be slightly different. You can consult your manual for the instructions.
In addition, you can also use this media tool to upgrade your PC from Windows 7 to 10. To do this, you need to first install your Windows 10.
You should also read on how to speed up your Windows 10 PC here.
Now you can easily create your very own Windows 10 bootable USB to save you stress and time whenever you plan on reinstalling or installing Windows on your PC. Meanwhile, if you have any challenges following our guide, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.