This topic covers how to manually create a Windows installation USB drive from Windows installation ISO disc image file or DVD, and is intended for PC manufacturers looking into creating media that they can use to manufacture Windows devices.
Most modern computers don’t have a CD or DVD drive, so installing Windows 10 using a disc isn’t always possible.
The good news is you don’t need discs anymore—all you need is a USB drive. Table of ContentsWhat You'll NeedWindows 10 Hardware RequirementsCreate the Installation MediaInstall Windows 10 from the USB Drive.
What you need
- What You'll NeedWindows 10 Hardware RequirementsCreate the Installation MediaInstall Windows 10 from the USB Drive.
- You’re going to need a few things to get started. First, you’ll need a USB drive with at least 8GB of storage space.
- If you don’t already have one lying around, you can find a decent USB drive online for a pretty cheap price.
- If you do already have a USB drive, be sure that there are no important files on it, as it will be wiped clean during the setup process.
Step 1 - Format the drive and set the primary partition as active
You’ll need a computer running Windows to create the USB drive.
When you’re done, you can remove the USB drive from that computer and insert it into the computer that you want to install Windows 10 on.
RELATED:How to Install Windows 10 on Your PC. The destination PC that you plan to install Windows 10 on has to meet certain requirements to properly run Windows 10.
Here are the minimum system specifications:.
Processor: 1GHz or faster. RAM: 1GB for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit. Storage Space: 16GB for 32-bit or 20GB for 64-bit.
Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with a WDDM 1.0 driver. Display: 800×600. If you have everything you need and the destination device meets the minimum system requirements, you can start preparing your installation files.
Go ahead and insert your USB drive into the computer that you want to make the USB drive on.
Next, head over to the official Download Windows 10 page on the Microsoft website. In the “Create Windows 10 Installation Media” section, click the blue “Download Tool Now” button.
Step 2 - Copy Windows Setup to the USB flash drive
After the software finishes downloading, go ahead and open it. The Applicable Notices and License Terms window will appear.
Read and agree to the terms by clicking the “Accept” button in the bottom-right corner of the window.
Step 3 - Install Windows to the new PC
On the next screen, you’ll be asked what you want to do.
Click the bubble next to “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC” to select that option, and then click “Next.”.
Next, select the language, architecture, and edition that you want to use.
Click the down arrow next to each option to expand the list of available options for that item.
If your Windows image is larger than 4GB
Windows USB install drives are formatted as FAT32, which has a 4GB filesize limit. If your image is larger than the filesize limit:
Click the option from the drop-down menu to select it. Click “Next” to proceed. On the next screen, you must choose which media to use. Click the bubble next to “USB Flash Drive” to select it, and then click “Next.”.
After that, select which flash drive to use from the list under “Removable Drives.” Click “Next” to proceed.
The downloading process will begin.
This will take a while. After the download is complete, click the “Finish” button, safely remove the USB drive from the computer, and then insert it into the computer that you want to install Windows 10 on.