Windows Media Creation Tool: Select Create installation media (USB flash drive..) for another PC, click Next, and follow the prompts. Next, download a tool that allows you to burn ISO files to a USB. We recommend Rufus. Your bootable Windows 10 USB can function as a portable copy of Windows or as a repair or installation tool. This article includes instructions for how to create a bootable Windows 10 USB, how to create a bootable Windows 10 USB for repair and installation, and information on why you might want to.
If you want a copy of Windows 10 on a USB flash drive that you can plug into any compatible computer, boot it up, and bypass the natively installed operating system, you'll need the following:. An internet connection. The Windows Media Creation Tool. A tool that allows you to burn ISO files to USB. For the purposes of this tutorial, we'll use Rufus to create a bootable Windows 10 USB. You don’t need a Windows 10 key to create a bootable Windows 10 USB, but this installation of Windows 10 follows the same registration rules as any other installation. If you don’t have a key, Windows 10 will display a persistent activation message on the screen until you register one. Download the Windows Media Creation Tool. Launch the Media Creation Tool, and click Accept. Select Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC, and click Next. Select ISO file, and click Next. Select a location to save the ISO file, and click Save. This process may take a long time if your internet connection is slow. Download and install Rufus. Click the dropdown box under Device, and select your USB drive. Use a drive with at least 20 GB of space. If Rufus doesn’t list your USB drive, try clicking List USB Hard Drives in the advanced drive properties section. If it still doesn’t see your drive, you may have a flash drive that won’t work with Windows to Go. Click the dropdown box under Boot selection, and select Disk or ISO image (please select). Select the Windows 10 ISO that you created earlier with the Windows Media Creation Tool, and click Open. Click the dropdown box under Image option, and select Windows to Go. Verify your settings, and click START. Depending on the computer you will use this USB with, you may need to change your partition scheme and target system. MBR and BIOS or UEFI provide the best compatibility. Select the version of Windows you want to install, and click OK. If you’re sure that you are using the USB drive that you want to use, click OK. Any data on your USB drive will be erased after this step. Wait for the process to finish completely. This may take quite a while depending on how powerful your computer is and the speed of the USB drive. The Status bar will give you an idea of where the process is. Once this process has completed, the drive will contain a full, portable, installation of Windows 10. You can safely eject and remove the drive at that point. If you set a computer to boot from USB before its internal drive, then you can connect the USB drive, turn the computer on, and it will boot Windows 10 from the USB drive. If you want to create a bootable Windows 10 USB for use in repairing a Windows installation or performing a clean installation of Windows on your computer or any other computer, the process is pretty simple. All you need is the Windows Media Creation Tool and a USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of storage. This process will erase any files on the USB drive. After you have created the bootable USB, you can use any extra space to store any files you like. Download the Windows Media Creation Tool. Open the Media Creation Tool, and click Accept. Click Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC. Select USB flash drive, and click Next. If you have multiple USB flash drives, select the one you want to use and click Next. Windows 10 will download and install the necessary files, which may take a while. When it’s done, click Finish. You can now safely eject and remove the drive. If your computer is set to boot from USB before the internal drive, starting your computer with the drive plugged in will allow you to boot from the drive. That will provide you with the option to run diagnostics or install Windows 10. Microsoft makes it easy to download Windows 10 directly from the official source with their Media Creation Tool, and once you have those files you can use them to make a bootable Windows 10 USB.