Preparing a bootable USB from Windows 10 is as easy as making a USB bootable from Windows 8 or Windows 7. In fact, all the methods and tools out there to make Windows 7 bootable USB work with Windows 10 too .
To prepare a UEFI USB drive that can be booted from Windows 10, we recommend using a free tool called Rufus on the Microsoft USB / DVD Download Tool because Rufus is more reliable and offers more features compared to other devices on the market.
But because there are many users who might want to use an Official Windows USB / DVD Downloader, we will use this tool to set up USB that can be booted from Windows 10. And we will use the free Rufus tool to prepare UEFI which can be booted from Windows 10 USB. drive (method 1).
Bootable UEFI USB of Windows 10 Using Rufus
UPDATE on April 2, 2019: Rufus now supports downloading Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft. See how we downloaded Windows 10 ISO using the Rufus guide for directions.
- Visit this page and download the latest version of Rufus. Rufus is a portable utility and therefore does not require installation.
- Connect an 8GB + USB drive to your PC. Be sure to back up all data from your USB drive.
- Run the Rufus utility. Click the Yes button when you see a UAC prompt to launch the tool.
- Under the Device section, select the USB drive you want to boot, select the MBR partitioning scheme for computer BIOS or UEFI, or the GPT partitioning scheme for UEFI computers depending on the type of partition on your PC.
- Next, select the File system as FAT32 (default) because it supports BIOS and UEFI. But if you believe that your PC does not support UEFI, you can choose NTFS for faster installation.
- Enter the volume label, click the CD / DVD drive icon to find the ISO 10 Windows image file. Select file. To download the latest ISO, please download Windows 10 ISO from the Microsoft guide.
- Finally, click the Start button, click the OK button when you see the warning dialog to continue the task.
After Rufus completes the task, you will see a “Finish” message. There he is!.
You can now open UEFI settings and make the changes needed to boot from a USB drive.
Windows 10 Bootable USB Using USB/DVD Download Tool
IMP: If you get an error “The selected file is not a valid ISO file”, please follow the instructions mentioned in how to repair the selected file instead of a valid ISO file error guide.
WARNING: Before using this tool, make sure that your PC does not support UEFI because the Windows USB / DVD Download Tool does not help you prepare bootable USB for UEFI PCs. To create a bootable USB Windows 10 for UEFI-supported PCs, please follow the instructions in Method 1.
- Click this official link to download the Windows USB / DVD Download Tool directly from the Microsoft server.
- Connect a USB flash or hard drive with 4GB + capacity and backup data before continuing. Be sure to back up all data from your USB drive because the drive will be formatted in future steps.
- Run the downloaded USB / DVD download tool and then follow the instructions on the screen that are easy to install on your PC running Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
- Run the Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool, click the Browse button to find the folder where the ISO 10 Windows image file is located. After selecting the ISO image, click the Next button.
- On the following screen, you must choose a USB device as your media type. To do this, click the USB device button. And if you want to prepare a bootable DVD, just click the DVD.
- Next, you will be asked to choose your USB drive. Please carefully choose your USB drive from the drop-down list before clicking the Start Copy button. Again, it’s important to note that the wrong drive selection will cause data loss.
When finished, you can connect a USB that can be booted to the PC where you want to install Windows 10, change the BIOS settings to boot from USB, and start installing Windows 10.
That was the article about Making UEFI Bootable USB Windows 10 hopefully can help you.