How to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive for Windows 10

How to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive for Windows 10

This Windows guide will show you how to create Bootable Windows 10 USB Flash Drive that can be used to clean install Official Windows 10.

Unlike previous versions, Microsoft offers Windows 10 on USB Flash drive too. For that, you’ll need a USB Pendrive drive of at least 4 GB (bigger will be better). You can use Microsoft’s Media Creation tool or a third-party software like Rufus to create Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash Drive.

In this tutorial, we will be covering both methods showing you step-by-step instructions for creating Windows 10 Bootable USB.


  • A stable Internet connection.
  • A USB Flash/Pendrive of at least 4 GB storage. (8 GB or bigger is preferred)
  • If you’re installing Windows 10 for the first time, you’ll need a valid product key.

Use Media Creation Tool to create Windows 10 Bootable USB

This is the easiest way to put Windows 10 in a Bootable USB Pendrive. Media Creation Tool from Microsoft will download the Windows 10 ISO file and create a Windows installation media that can be used to install Windows 10.

Step 1. Visit Official Windows 10 page and download the Media Creation tool by clicking the Download too now button.

Media Creation Tool
Step 2. Save the tool on your PC and run it. (Click Yes if prompted by UAC)

Step 3. Click Accept to agree to the license terms.

Windows10 setup Agreement

Step 4. Now, select Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file) and click Next to proceed.

Create USB flash drive
Step 5. Uncheck the recommended settings option if you want to install different architecture, language, and edition of Windows 10 ISO in USB flash drive.

select language, architecture, and edition
You can choose from Windows 10 Pro and Home Edition. And, for Architecture, select 32-bit (x86) if your computer is 32-bit architecture or 64-bit (x64) if your computer is 64-bit architecture.

Step 6. Select USB flash drive and click Next.

USB Flash drive
Step 7. Now, connect USB flash drive (Pendrive) to your computer. Click Refresh drive list and it will show the USB removable drive. Click on Next to continue.

bootable USB flash drive
Step 8. Windows 10 setup will now download the Windows 10 to the connected USB drive. It may take some time depending on your Internet connection speed.

Step 9. Once the download is completed, your bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive is ready. Go and install Windows 10 on your computer.

Use Rufus to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash drive

If you’re having a problem or getting an error while creating a Bootable Flash drive for Windows 10 using Media Creation Tool from Microsoft, in that case, you can use a third party software – Rufus that is designed specifically for creating a USB Flash drive for an ISO file.

2. Download the Rufus tool and install it.

3. Connect USB pen drive to the computer and run Rufus as administrator.

4. Rufus will automatically detect USB file drive and File system settings.

create bootable USB flash drive using Rufus
5. Select ISO image from the drop-down list and click the CD icon next to it. Select your Windows 10 ISO file location.

Select ISO file to create flash
6. Click Start and click OK and ignore the warning.

7. Rufus will now start creating the bootable flash drive. It may take few minutes to complete the process.

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