Applies To: Windows Server 2016 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 Essentials. To create a bootable USB flash drive for use in recovering or reinstalling Windows on a PC instead of a server, see Create a recovery drive. Insert a USB flash drive into a running computer. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator. In the new command line window that opens, to determine the USB flash drive number or drive letter, at the command prompt, type list disk, and then click ENTER.
The list disk command displays all the disks on the computer. Note the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive. At the command prompt, type select disk , where X is the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive, and then click ENTER. Type clean, and the click ENTER. This command deletes all data from the USB flash drive. To create a new primary partition on the USB flash drive, type create partition primary, and then click ENTER. To select the partition that you just created, type select partition 1, and then click ENTER. To format the partition, type format fs=ntfs quick, and then click ENTER. If your server platform supports Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), you should format the USB flash drive as FAT32 rather than as NTFS. To format the partition as FAT32, type format fs=fat32 quick, and then click ENTER. Type active, and then click ENTER. Type exit, and then click ENTER. When you finish preparing your custom image, save it to the root of the USB flash drive. Installing Windows 10 from a USB drive beats installing it with a DVD any day of the week. Here’s what you need to make your own bootable Windows 10 installer—and how to do it. We’ll be using Microsoft’s recommended method to make a bootable Windows 10 USB drive. The Windows Media Creation Tool, which you can download for free. An eight-gigabyte flash drive. An internet connection. RELATED:Why You Need to Own an External SSD. To make a bootable Windows 10 USB drive, begin by downloading the Media Creation tool from Microsoft’s Download Windows 10 website. Click “Download Tool Now” on the page. Wait for the file to finish downloading in your browser. Then hit Ctrl+j to open your browser’s downloads — a menu listing your downloads should appear. Click “MediaCreationTool21H2.exe” in the list. (You can also launch this file from your downloads folder.). Click “Accept” in the bottom right-hand corner of the Terms and Conditions page. Select “Create Installation Media” and then click “Next.”. You should leave the default settings alone if you don’t have a specific need to install a different version of Windows 10. Then, click “Next.”. Select “USB Flash Drive” and click “Next.”. Select the USB drive you want to use, then click “Next.” The Media Creation Tool will download Windows 10 and create a bootable USB drive. The download is several gigabytes in size, so it could take a while if you’ve got slower internet.