Want to install Windows 10 on your computer but the device doesn’t have an optical drive? Perhaps you’re using a laptop without a built-in DVD drive, or even an old netbook or Windows tablet. Whatever the case, you’ll need to Create a Bootable USB for windows 10. And you can do this without any extra software (Using command line), or you can use tools provided by Microsoft and third parties. Here we have steps to create a bootable UB for Windows 10 installation using Command prompt and using Microsoft’s Windows 10 USB Installer Tool.
What did you need to create a Windows 10 Installation media?
- Windows 10 ISO image (If you don’t have you can get if from here)
- A USB flash drive Minimum 8 GB or larger
This will also work with external USB hard drives instead of a USB thumb drive. However, all the data on the drive will be formatted and deleted.
Create a bootable USB using cmd
- First of all Right click on the ISO image, select mount
- Now press Windows + E to open file explorer, -> This PC you notice a Virtual DVD drive created
- Note down the Drive letter, For example, F drive
- Insert your USB flash drive in your main PC
- Open command As Administrator.
- In the black command prompt window, type disk part and enter key to open the disk partitioning tool
- Then run list disk command to call up a list of disks attached to your PC.
- One of the drives listed will be your USB drive.
- You’ll probably be able to spot it based on the drive’s capacity.
- Make a note of the disk number of the USB drive.
- This is important to get right; otherwise, you’ll end up losing data on other drives.
- Next, partition the disk. Begin by selecting the disk and cleaning it.
Where you see the # sign, substitute it with the disk number of your USB device.
select disk #
Run the following the command below to create a new partition
create partition primary
select partition 1
Next run command below to Make the partition active, and then format as NTFS:
format fs=ntfs quick
Next, issue the single command to set the disk as drive E:
assign letter e
- Finally, exit the DiskPart tool.
- The USB flash drive is now ready for Windows 10 installation files.
- The format step may take some time, depending on your computer’s specification.
- In the command prompt type
d:/boot/bootsect.exe /nt60 e:
(This assumes D: is your DVD drive with the install DVD inserted, and you named E: your USB drive. This may differ on your PC, so check before entering the command.)
- This will make your USB drive bootable.
- Copy Windows 10 Installation Files to USB
- The final step can be done from My Computer.
- Copy the entire contents of the ISO to your flash drive
- You can either do this from Windows using Ctrl+C+Ctrl+V,
- This can also take a while. When complete, you should be all set.
- Insert the USB disk into your new PC, then enter the BIOS to adjust the boot order.
- Your target computer may even have the Choose Boot Device option during start up.
Create Windows 10 bootable USB using Rufus
- Open the Rufus official website.
- Under the “Download” section, click the link to download the latest version (3.5 or later).
- Double-click the executable to launch the tool.
- Under the “Device” section, use the drop-down menu and select the USB drive that you want to erase and use to create the installation media.
- Under the “Boot selection” section, use the drop-down menu and select the Disk or ISO imageoption.
- On the right side, click the down arrow button, and select the Download option.
- Click the Download button.
- Select the Windows 10 option, and Click the Continue button.
- Under the “Release” section, select the version of Windows 10 that you want to download and Click the Continue button.
- Select the edition, including Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro, or Windows 10 Education.
- Next, select the language of Windows 10 and click Continue button.
- Select the operating system architecture (x64 or x86). (If it’s a newer device, usually, you’ll select the x64 option.) then click the Download button.
- Select the location to save the Windows 10 ISO automatically.
- Use the default selections after the download and Click the Start button.
- Click the OK button to confirm the deletion of the USB drive data.
- Once you complete the steps, you can use the bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 10 using a clean or in-place upgrade installation.
Use Microsoft’s Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
If you want a simpler solution to installing Windows 7 from a bootable USB drive, try Microsoft’s dedicated, downloadable tool.
Download: Windows 10 USB Download Tool
- The main download is just 2.8MB in size, so this should complete quickly.
- While you wait, insert your USB flash drive into your main PC. A 8GB drive should be large enough.
- Meanwhile, you’ll also need an ISO version of Windows 10.
- While you wait for the download, install the installer tool, then launch from the Start menu.
- You’ll be prompted to find the ISO image file for Windows 10.
- Find the ISO file on your hard disk drive, then click Next.
- Here, select USB device for the media type you plan to create.
- In the next screen, use the dropdown menu to select the USB drive, then Begin Copying.
- Wait while the process completes.
- When the bar reaches 100%, you’ll spot some status information.
- click the X in the top-right corner to close, before safely ejecting your USB disk.
- It is now ready to install Windows 10 on a suitable computer of your choice.
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