How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive for Windows 10

Learn how to create a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive to perform a clean Windows 10 installation or reinstall Windows 10 on the PC. Step by step guide to creating bootable USB flash drive for Windows 10

Creating bootable USB flash drive for Windows 10 is even simpler than creating a bootable USB for Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating system. The reason behind it is that the Microsoft has included a helpful tool called “Media Creation Tool” to make Windows 10 ISO free downloading and installation process more convenient.

The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool not only helps you to download Windows 10 ISO file and install Windows 10 on your computer, but it also helps you to upgrade your previous version of PC to Windows 10 for free and create installation media (Built in media creation options for USBs and DVDs) for different PC.

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So in today’s Windows 10 guide, I am going to show you how you can easily create a bootable USB flash drive for Windows 10 using Media Creation Tool. Let’s see the step by step instructions for creating bootable USB from Windows 10 ISO file:

How to Create Bootable Windows 10 USB Flash Drive

The best thing with preparing a bootable USB of Windows 10 using Media Creation Tool is that you have to do any extra setup, only you have to select relevant option during the download of Windows 10 ISO file from the Microsoft website and your Windows 10 bootable USB flash drive will be ready to use.

And once the bootable USB flash drive for Windows 10 is created successfully, after that you can freely perform Windows 10 clean install or Windows 10 reinstall on any Windows computer which is perfectly compatible with the system requirements for Windows 10. So, let’s have a look at the process to create bootable USB Windows 10:

Step (1): First of all, Download Windows 10 media creation tool from the official website of Microsoft. Or you can follow these direct download links:

Download 32-bit Media Creation Tool
Download 64-bit Media Creation Tool

The Media Creation Tool is available for both Windows versions (32-bit and 64-bit), So properly check which version of Windows you are using and then download the suitable version of Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

Step (2): Once the downloaded is completed, Run the Media Creation Tool as administrator. To do so, simply right click on the downloaded Media Creation Tool and then select Run as administrator option.

Step (3): Now the Windows 10 Setup window will appear on the screen and will ask you “What do you want to do?” So, you have to select the “Create installation media for another PC” option and then click the Next button.

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Step (4): After that, you will be asked to select language, architecture, and edition. So, very carefully select all your desired choices and then click the “Next” button.

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Step (5): On the next window, it will ask you to “Choose which media to use”. You have to select the first option “USB flash drive” to make a bootable USB flash drive for Windows 10 and then click the Next button.


Step (6): If you have selected USB flash drive then choose the USB flash removable drive to be used as Windows 10 installation media. If the media creation tool can’t find a USB flash drive on your PC then plug in a removable USB flash drive to your computer and then click or tap on Refresh drive list option. Finally, click the Next button.


Step (7): Just after the click, the tool will start downloading Windows 10 ISO file and creating USB bootable version of Windows 10 operating system.

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Step (8): When the downloading process is completed, just click the Finish button. That’s it!

Congratulations! You have successfully created bootable USB flash drive for Windows 10. Now, you can use this bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive to do a fresh clean install of Windows 10. Follow this informative tutorial in order to install Windows 10 operating system on your PC – How to Install Windows 10 on Your Computer [Step by Step Guide]

So, now quickly connect bootable USB to the Windows PC on which you wish to install Windows 10 operating system then change BIOS settings to boot from USB flash drive and then start installing Windows 10.

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