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. Once it is done downloading, click “Finish.”.
You should safely eject unless you’ve set up your PC so it isn’t necessary. Click the USB drive icon on the taskbar, and then click “Eject.”.