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If you need to install Windows 10 from scratch, you most probably will need a bootable USB with the Windows 10 installation files. Here is how to create your personal Windows 10 USB installation stick.


A) (UEFI & Legacy BIOS): Creating a bootable Windows 10 USB drive with the Media Creation Tool
B) (UEFI & Legacy BIOS): How to create a Bootable Windows 10 USB Drive from an ISO file with Rufus
C) (Legacy BIOS): Creating a bootable Windows 10 USB drive from an ISO file using the “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool”

If you don´t know the difference between legacy bios or UEFI boot, check out this great explanation at superuser.com. In short: UEFI – Unified Extensible Firmware Interface – is the new standard that replaces the old BIOS boot behavior.

 

A) Creating a bootable Windows 10 USB drive with the Microsoft Media Creation Tool (UEFI & Legacy BIOS)

 

1. Downloading the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

Navigate to Microsoft´s Windows 10 download webpage for the Media Creation Tool. Select Windows 10 32 bit or Windows 10 64 bit according to your needs.

This will download not Windows 10 but the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. Open the downloaded file.

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2. Creating Windows 10 installation media 

In the Media Creation Tool select Create installation media for another PC and press Next.

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In the next step you can choose Windows 10´s Language, Edition and Architecture: 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) or even both.

If you have no space issues, we recommend to select the combined option 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) which enables you to have both Windows 10 versions in the same ISO file. Then press Next.

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Select USB flash drive and click on Next.

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Plug in your USB flash drive and click on the Refresh drive list to see your USB flash drive below it. When the Media Creation Tool has identified your USB drive, click on Next.

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The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool now begins to download a Windows 10 ISO file and automatically create a bootable USB installation media from it.

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When the download has finished you can click on Finish. You bootable USB Windows 10 installation stick now is ready.

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B) How to create a Bootable Windows 10 USB Drive from an ISO file with Rufus (UEFI & Legacy BIOS)

 

1. Get a Windows 10 ISO file

There are different ways to get a Windows 10 ISO file. Here an incomplete list:

 

2. Download the Rufus bootable USB flash drive maker

Go to the Rufus website and download the latest version of Rufus to your computer. According to the author, Rufus is faster than alternatives like UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer orWindows 7 USB download tool, on the creation of a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO. It is also marginally faster on the creation of Linux bootable USB from ISOs.”

 

3. Plug in the USB Flash Drive that you are going to use it and run Rufus.

 

4. Rufus: Creating a UEFI bootable USB Flash Drive from a Windows 10 ISO file

Select the following options and click start. To create a Legacy bootable USB Windows 10 installation media, go to step 5.

Device: Select the USB flash drive you want to use
Partition Scheme and target system type: GPT partition scheme for UEFI
File system: FAT32 (Default)
Cluster size: 4096 bytes (Default)
New volume: Leave it as it is or just type any name for the USB flash drive.
“Format Options”:

  • Quick format
  • Create a bootable disk using ISO image (here you need to select your 64-bit Windows 10 ISO file from your computer by clicking on the How_To_Boot_Your_Computer_After_Creating_A_Bootable_USB_Flash_Drive_To_Install_Windows_10_0022_winbuzzer icon)
  • Standard Windows installation
  • Create extended label and icon files

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Confirm the warning by clicking on OK.

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Now Rufus formats your USB flash drive and creates a bootable USB flash drive.

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5. Rufus: Creating a Legacy bootable USB Flash Drive from a Windows 10 ISO file

Select the following options and click start.

Device: Select your USB flash drive that you want to use it.
Partition Scheme and target system type: MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI-CSM
File system: NTFS
Cluster size: 4096 bytes (Default)
New volume: Leave it as it is or just type any name for the USB flash drive.
“Format Options”:

  • Quick format
  • Create a bootable disk using ISO image (here you need to select your 64-bit Windows 10 ISO file from your computer by clicking on How_To_Boot_Your_Computer_After_Creating_A_Bootable_USB_Flash_Drive_To_Install_Windows_10_0022_winbuzzer icon)
  • Standard Windows installation
  • Create extended label and icon files

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Confirm the warning by clicking on OK.

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Now Rufus formats your USB flash drive and creates a bootable USB flash drive.

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C) Creating a bootable Windows 10 USB drive from an ISO file using the “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool” (Legacy BIOS)

 

1. Get a Windows 10 ISO file

There are different ways to get a Windows 10 ISO file. Here an incomplete list:

 

2. Download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.

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3. Creating a Windows 10 bootable USB with the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

After downloading and opening the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, click on Browse.

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Select the downloaded Windows 10 ISO file and click on Open.

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Click on Next.

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Choose USB device.

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Select your USB Flash Drive and click on Begin copying. If your device letter is not displayed, you can click on the refresh icon to bring it up.

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Most probably you’ll be prompted to Erase/Format your device. If it prompts, click on Erase USB Device.

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Click on Yes once again.

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Now the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool is creating your bootable USB Window 10 installation media.

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When copying of all Window 10 installation files has finished, close the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.

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