A USB flash drive of capacity 4 GB or more could be used to make it bootable and install Windows 10 on any computer. To create a Windows 10 bootable Flash Drive (sometimes called Pen Drive or USB Drive) follow the 3 easy steps below:
a. Download Windows 10 Media creation Tool
Open a web browser and search for ‘Windows 10’. From the results, scroll down and go to Microsoft’s Software Download Page or click here to download Windows 10 ISO Media Creation Tool. From the download page, download the tool to create Windows 10 Installation Media. The executable file of the media creation tool can be saved to the computer for later use. Once the download is complete close the browser.
b. Run the Windows 10 Media creation Tool
Go to the Download Location and execute the downloaded Media Creation Tool Setup File. Microsoft Windows’ User Account Control will seek your permission to allow Media Creation Tool App to make changes to your Computer. Press ‘Yes’ to allow installation of Media Creation Tool to proceed further. Close the File Explorer while media creation tool gets ready. Once, the media creation tool will be ready, it will display a license for use of the Windows 10. Accept the License to proceed further. The media creation tool will ask you what do you want to do and provide two options, the first one to “upgrade this PC now” and second one to “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file) for another media”. Choose the second option to create installation media and click on ‘Next’ to proceed further.
The tool will next provide you the options for selecting language, architecture, and edition. The recommended options as per the PC on which you have executed the tool would be automatically selected. In case, the selected options are not suitable for the computer on which Windows 10 is planned to be installed, the options could be changed by un-checking the check box labelled “Use the recommended options for this PC” provided below these options. After un-checking the check-box, change Language, Edition or Architecture as per configuration and requirements of the computer on which Windows 10 would be installed. The architecture is mostly 64-bit nowadays in modern computers, however, in case of low configuration computers, it could be 32-bit. Check system info for the information of the computer’s architecture. Choose the suitable options and click ‘Next’ to continue.
c. Create Windows 10 bootable Flash Drive
The tool will next provide the options for choosing the media type to be used. First would be “USB flash drive” and second will be “ISO file”. Select the first option “USB flash drive” and click on ‘Next’ to continue. The media Creation tool will search for a USB flash drive connected to the computer. Connect a flash drive to the USB slot of the computer. After inserting the flash drive refresh the removable drive list in Media Creation Tool by clicking on “Refresh drive list”. The list will be refreshed and flash drive would be detected. Click “Next” to proceed. Before clicking “Next”, ensure there is no important data on the Flash Drive as it may be deleted during flashing.
On clicking “Next”, the setup files download will begin, wait for the download to finish. Once downloaded, the setup files would be verified. Wait for the verification to finish. Upon successful verification of the downloaded files, the setup files will be extracted and saved to the flash drive. Wait till the file extraction and saving on flash drive is in process. On successful extraction and saving on flash drive, Media Creation Tool will display a message “Your USB flash drive is ready”. The contents of the drive can be checked by clicking on the drive link displayed on the Media Creation Tool or can be explored through File explorer. If setup files are successfully written on flash drive, click on ‘Finish’ to end the process and close Media Creation Tool. The media creation tool will clean up the setup temporary files and close.
The Windows 10 bootable flash drive would be now ready for use on any Computer to install Windows 10 Operating System. Safely eject the drive from the computer and use it for installation of Windows 10 on any computer.
Watch the practical demonstration of the above process in following video:
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