3 Methods to Create Bootable USB Windows 10 [Full Guide]
Here, we collect three different methods to help you create bootable USB in Windows 10 easily and effectively.
In most cases, when the Windows 10 operating system goes wrong and the PC starts to run slowly or even stop working properly, your first move will be searching online for a solution. If lucky, you can get an effective solution to fix this issue. If not, the last resort should be reinstalling the operating system from the DVD or CD. What if your PC does not have an optical drive, or the original installation DVD is not available any longer?
In this situation, a bootable USB installer is a great alternative, which allows you to reinstall Windows 10 from a USB drive. Briefly, the USB stick is portable and compatible with nearly all desktops or laptops. After all, a USB port can be found on every PC. Besides, installing OS from USB drive is also quicker than from DVD or CD. Therefore, more and more users like to make a bootable USB installer to keep handy.
In this part, we would like to share 3 different methods with you to make a bootable USB flash drive so that you can install OS more flexibly. Without any further ado, let’s get started...
First of all, we will demonstrate how to make a bootable USB using Command Prompt. Download the Windows 10 ISO files from the official site and make sure the USB flash drive has at least 5GB free space.
Step 1. Press “Win+R” at the same time to open “Run” dialogue. Input “cmd” and hit on “Enter” key.
Step 2. When the Command Prompt window opens, type “diskpart” and press “Enter” to launch DiskPart.exe tool. Then execute the following command in sequence.
After you format the USB flash drive and set the primary partition as active, type “Exit” to close the diskpart.exe. Then use File Explorer to copy and paste the entire contents of the Windows ISO to the USB flash drive.
Secondly, you can make use of the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool. It can create a copy of ISO files onto USB flash drive as an installer.
Step 1. Download Windows USB/DVD Download Tool.
Step 2. Run it. In the Source box, type the name and path of your Windows ISO file, or click BROWSE and select the file from the OPEN dialog box. Click “Next”.
Step 3. Select USB DEVICE to create a copy on a USB flash drive.
Step 4. Choose your USB drive and click “Begin copying”.
After it is finished, install Windows by moving to the root folder of your USB drive, and then double-click Setup.exe.
Considering that most users tend to use MediaCreationTool, so here we also illustrate how to use this tool to create bootable USB in Windows 10.
Step 1. Download MediaCreationTool and run it as an administrator.
Step 2. Select ”Accept” in the license terms screen.
Step 3. Select “Create installation media for another PC”, and then select Next.
Step 4. Choose the language, edition, and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) for Windows 10.
Step 5. Choose ”USB flash drive” and click “Next”.
Step 6. Choose your prepared USB drive from the list, then ”Next”.
Step 7. Once done, the tool will start to download the latest Windows 10 installation files to your device.
When it is over, this data is written to your flash drive and the USB is made bootable with the newest Windows 10 setup.
Above content is all about how to make a bootable USB stick to install OS. If you do that for running Windows 10 operating system on another computer with an older operating system, you can run Windows 10 directly through a bootable USB drive. For this purpose, you can turn to the free partition manager: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It is compatible with all editions of Windows 10/8/7 and Windows XP/Vista. With it, you can create Windows bootable USB drive with ISO files. Below is the detailed instruction:
Step 1. Download the freeware, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
Step 2. Click “Tools” > “Windows To Go Creator” on the main interface.
Step 3. Tick “Create Windows ToGo for personal computer”, and then click “Next”.
Step 4. Choose “Create Windows To Go with system disc/ISO” and select the prepared ISO file. Click “Next”.
Step 5. Select the USB drive you have prepared and click “Proceed”.
After it is done, you can insert the bootable USB to the target computer, change boot order in BIOS and boot PC from it.
In this article, we shared 3 different ways to create bootable USB in Windows 10 as an installer, plus an additional way to make a portable boot USB to run OS on any other computers. Choose one according to your specific requirements. If you plan to create a bootable USB to repair boot issues caused by damaged MBR or disk errors, the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can also help you a lot.