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How to create a bootable USB drive for Windows 10

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Two ways to create a bootable flash drive or DVD

This tutorial explains in details how you can burn a bootable DVD or create a USB flash drive to install Windows 10 on a PC. There are many methods you can use, but two of them are widely popular because of their simplicity.

Create a bootable drive using Windows Media Creation Tool

  1. First, you need to download and install the program on your PC.

  2. Select ‘Create installation media for another PC’.

  3. Select Language, edition and architecture for Windows 10 installation.

  4. Choose which media to use – USB Flash drive or ISO file (to burn a DVD later).

  5. Click on ‘Next’ to initiate the process.

Create a bootable disk using Rufus

Rufus is a third-party software that lets you easily create bootable flash drive from ISO image.

  1. Download Rufus from here.

  2. Run the program

  3. Plug in the USB flash drive

  4. Select the ISO image for Windows 10 you want to create a bootable USB drive for.

  5. Click on ‘Start’ and let Rufus complete the process.


Using these two methods you can create a bootable media drive to easily install Windows 10 on a new machine (or fresh install Windows on the same PC).