How to make bootable USB Windows 10

If the Media Creation Tool does not work or you do not want to use it, then you can try Rufus, a popular free third-party tool that allows you to create an installation media with support for UEFI devices. The utility offers two ways to make the installation media, including using an existing ISO file or downloading the image from the Microsoft servers directly from the app.

Create install flash drive with Windows 10 ISO

To create a USB media with an existing Windows 10 ISO file, connect a flash drive of at least 8GB of space, and use these steps:

  • Double-click the Rufus-x.xx.exe file to launch the tool.
  • Under the "Device" section, select the USB flash drive.
  • Under the "Boot selection" section, click the Select button on the right side.
  • Select the Windows 10 ISO file from the folder location.
  • Click the Open button.
  • Use the "Image option" drop-down menu and select the Standard Windows installation option.
  • Use the "Partition scheme" drop-down menu and select the GPT option.
  • Use the "Target system" drop-down menu and select the UEFI (non CSM) option.

  • Finally, tap on the Start button. Tap on the OK button to confirm that the USB flash drive will be wiped out.
Now the Rufus tool will create a bootable media that allows you to start your device with the installation media to clean installation or perform an upgrade of Windows 10.

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