Nowadays copying the ISO image files in a folder and then using them to install the windows has not been that effective. People now are using these bootable devices where you can actually copy your ISO files into and use them for installation. Bootable devices help in quick and handy installation when compared to other sources of installation. In this article, we will learn about how to create a Windows 10 bootable USB.
Windows 10 provides various booting options. Using these booting options you can actually reinstall the windows versions if you have the respective ISO files with you. The ISO files are provided when you purchase the windows version. You can also download it directly from the Microsoft website. Creating a bootable USB is not a big deal. Here are a few steps you need to follow to create a bootable USB for Windows 10.
Bootable USB for Windows 10
To create a bootable USB you need to have a USB drive of minimum 8GB free space in it. You also need to have the software tool to convert the ISO file to USB media file. If you have both of these tools then creating a bootable USB is pretty much easier. Here it is how?
Creating Bootable USB for Windows 10
- Insert the USB drive
Plug in the USB drive into the system and make sure that it is fully formatted as the ISO file requires a minimum of 8GB space.
- Download the tool
Download the ISO-USB converter tool from Microsoft. The tool name is Media creation.
- Select the Create installation media
Click on the create installation media option in the what do you want to do menu. The create installation media comprises of USB, DVD or ISO file.
- Select Language, Architecture and Edition
After selecting the create installation media and clicking on Next, select the language, architecture and edition appropriately.
- Select USB flash drive
Click on the USB flash drive option to select the USB flash drive option in the media choosing menu.
- Click on Next and Finish
After selecting the USB flash drive option, click on next. Ensure that the USB drive is fully spaced and then click on Finish.
Therefore a bootable USB flash drive has been created. Reinstall the windows by using the USB booting option available in Windows 10 by changing the BIOS settings.
Also go through: Creating bootable USB for Windows 10 using Command prompt.
Creating Bootable USB using Command Prompt
You can also create a bootable USB using command prompt. But the major disadvantage of using command prompt is that it requires core knowledge. If you are comfortable on using CMD then follow the below illustrated steps to create bootable USB for Windows 10.
- Insert your USB flash drive into your computer.
- Open Start Menu and type CMD to find Command Prompt. Right click on Command Prompt and click Run as Administrator.
Alternatively, you can also open the Command Prompt by pressing Windows+R > Type CMD > Press Enter.
- Once the Command Prompt window appears, type diskpart and hit enter. Wait until the diskpart utility starts running.
- In the new diskpart window, type list disk and hit enter. It will show you all active disks on your computer.
- Most probably, you will see two Disk types.
Disk 0 is for the hard drive and,
Disk 1 is for your USB Flash Drive with its total capacity.
- Since we are going to work on to create bootable USB using CMD, we will work with Disk 1.
- Type select disk 1 in the same window and hit Enter. You will get a message ‘Disk 1 is now the selected disk’. That means, any further operation that you do will affect your disk 1 directly.
- Type clean and hit Enter to remove all of the data in the USB drive. Clean command will format your bootable drive. You will get a message like ‘Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk’.
- Type create partition primary and hit Enter. You will get a message like Diskpart succeeded in creating the specified partition.
- Type select partition 1 and hit Enter. It will choose partition 1 for setting up it as an active partition.
- Next, type active and hit Enter. It will activate the current partition.
- Now, type format fs=ntfs quick and hit Enter. This command will format your current partition as NTFS file system quickly.
- Type exit and hit Enter. Exit command will close the Diskpart program but it doesn’t close the CMD window
- Just type E: then hit Enter, and then the active directory is changed to E.
- Type cd boot and hit Enter. Now the active directory is changed to E:\boot>
- Type bootsect /nt60 g: and hit Enter. It will create the boot sector on G: drive (USB Flash drive).
- Type exit and hit Enter to close the Command Prompt
Therefore we have successfully created a bootable USB flash drive using command prompt option in windows 10.
Those are the above illustrated methods and steps to create a bootable USB for windows 10 operating system. For more of some interesting tech articles and info visit Morphigo.com. Comment your views below and share the content if you love it. Cheers!
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