How to Create Windows 10 bootable USB drive

Microsoft has already released Technical Preview of Windows 10, providing users an opportunity to taste some of the lovely features that new Windows operating system bring to your desktops when it officially comes out later this year. The highlight is, of course, the new modified start screen, along with many other awesome features we have all been waiting all along. I know, many of you are very excited to take it for a spin. Then you have a couple of options to choose from. If you have any virtualization tool and enough data storage space in your hard drive, then you could try it on a virtual machine. However, not to mention, you won’t get full Windows 10 experience on a Virtual machine. If, on the other hand, you want to experience something closer to official Windows 10, better consider full windows installation.

If you made your decision to go with full installation, then all you need bootable Windows DVD/USB Flash Drive, and you already know that your best option is a bootable USB drive. One of the main advantages of installing Windows Operating System using a Flash storage drive is speed, especially when compared to the traditional way of installing it via Windows DVD. I recommend you to use a USB 3.0 to create a bootable USB drive so that you get maximum data transfer speed and less access time.

Here, the method we gonna use for creating bootable Windows 10 USB drive is the same method we used to create Windows 7 and Windows 8, using official Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, which is still working great with Windows 10 as well.

In order to create a bootable Windows 10 USB drive you will need the following stuffs, before we go further.

  • Windows PC.
  • Windows 10 bootable ISO file.
  • USB Flash Drive to create bootable installation media (Require minimum 4GB for 32-bit & 8GB for 64-bit Windows version).
  • Any CD/DVD image-processing tool (Power ISO, gBurner, Magic ISO, etc.)

Steps to make bootable Windows 10 USB drive

Step 1: Download and Install Windows USB/DVD Download Tool.

Step 2: Run the tool, click the browse button and point it to the destination file.


Note:In case, the software fails to recognize the file, and prompt you to select valid ISO file, follow the next stop to fix the issue. If not, you can directly jump to Step 4.

Step 3: Open the incompatible Windows 10 ISO image file with Power ISO or Magic ISO, click File menu and choose Properties option. When properties window appears, make sure all these check boxes are selected, as shown in below image, and save it.


Step 4: Now choose the media type you would like to create bootable.


Step 5: Select the USB device from the drop down list, and click on ‘Begin copying’ button to start copying data to the Flash Drive.


In order to make the USB thumb drive bootable, the software will prompt you to erase device. When it does, choose Erase USB Device Button and wait for the copy process to be completed. Once it done creating bootable USB, you could restart the computer and boot into the newly created bootable USB drive for the Windows 10 installation.

Before you leave, learn to create image backup of any bootable USB drives, which would be useful in many occasions, especially when you need to make more than one bootable Pen Drives.

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