How to create bootable USB media from ISO for Windows 10

While most of us may have reserved a copy of the free Windows 10 upgrade for our computers, there may be some who may want to go for a clean install, using a Windows 10 ISO image. In this post, we will see how to download the ISO image, burn it to a USB drive and create a bootable USB media from ISO for Windows 10 installation.

First of all, you will have to download it from its official link at Microsoft. The latest version available as of date is Insider Preview Build 10130, available here. We will update this link once the final version is released.

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Create bootable USB media from ISO for Windows 10

Once you have done this, you can use it to create a bootable USB or Flash Drive. To do this, you will have to take help of some software like Windows USB/DVD Download Tool, Rufus, ABUSB, ESET SysRescue Live, WinToFlash, Windows USB Installer Maker or Windows Installation Media Creation Tool.

In this post, I am using Rufus as an example. It also offers a portable version, which I have used. After you have downloaded this freeware, insert your USB and then click on Rufus to open its main window. Do note that, you will require a 4 GB USB for the 32-bit version and a 8 GB for the 64-bit version of Windows 10.

You may give a New volume label and browse to the location of your downloaded Windows 10 ISO image. To browse to the location, under Format Options, you will see Create a bootable disk using option. Click on the small icon on the right side and browse to the folder, and select the ISO file.

The rest of the options, you may leave at their default values. When you use MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFIunder Partition scheme and target system type, the bootable USB will be suitable for devices using BIOS as well as UEFI.

bootable usb windows 10 iso

Once you have done this, simply click on Start and wait for the process to get over. Remember that when you click Start, all data preset on this USB will be deleted, so if you need to, you may back up your data first before using it.

Once the process is completed, you will have a bootable Windows 10 installation USB media in your hands, which you can use to install Windows 10. If you feel the need, you may check if the USB is bootable.

You can also use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to create Installation media.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

26 Comments

  1. man0000

    I have tried all of them and have found the best and easiest to make USBs is YUMI.
    You can use all the space in your USB and don’t have to erase it every time you need to change it…

  2. Stephen

    the old but good windows 7 usb tool by microsoft work like a charm for create a usb boot of windows 10

  3. Juan Figueroa

    Hope don’t forgot to update the link when the final ISO is available.

  4. Juan Figueroa

    This is a help for people trying to create the bootable media with Windows USB/DVD Download Tool. The application it needs to be updated by Microsoft because is not too intelligent when creating the USB. If your flash drive is not new you need to delete its partition, using **MiniTool Partition Wizard or if you feel comfortable with commands use Windows own tools. To use Windows do the following:

    “X:” is the drive letter of your USB stick. Bootsect.exe can be found on the Windows 7 DVD in the boot folder. However, I can’t really recommend using NTFS. Some USB stick, at least, appeared to be slower with NTFS.

    Start command prompt as Administrator and type diskpart
    type list disk
    type select disk and number of your USB disk ( like select disk 1 )
    type clean
    type create partition primary
    type select partition 1
    type active
    type format quick fs=fat32
    type assign
    type exit to exit the diskpart utility
    type exit to close command prompt
    hope this help.

    ** My recommendation
    Original author thanks to user Siva2007, Microsoft Forums.

  5. SUNIL PATIL

    i download win10 iso from utorrent but how can i make it bootable ?

  6. TRUEHIGHLANDER

    Sorry, but YUMI states that is uses SYSLinux and cannot be used with Windows (statement on their page)..

  7. kar

    it’s bootable, just burn it on DVD

  8. sam khan

    The easy way

    There’s always an “easy way” to do things on Windows using some kind of software. Creating a bootable USB drive is also pretty easy – here’s how to do it:

    Download Rufus from here

    Click and Open rufus.exe

    Once the user interface of the software opens up, plug-in your USB

    After that, look for the “Create a bootable USB drive option” and from the drop-down, select an ISO Image

    Then, click on the button next to the dropdown and select the Windows 10 ISO that you want to install

    Lastly, click on “Start” and wait for the software to create the bootable USB drive.

    That’s pretty much it. You now have a bootable USB drive

  9. Zaki Bouzidson

    format quick fs=fat32 didn’t work for me! so I did this instead “format fs=fat32 quick” and it worked instantly, thanks!

  10. Niklas

    Thanks for the article, just what I needed.

  11. NICODEMUS

    Man me I used Yumi but I failed how do you use it because I used the power ISO image but during the installation it gave me error 15 and 28

  12. Troublemann

    Works great for me and yes it’s the best.

  13. Troublemann

    Yes Rufus is the very best and easy.

  14. Christopher Shaw

    Will it work on a San Disk 3.0 Ultra USB ?
    Can’t seem to change the format from FAT32?

  15. André Lopes

    i tryed to make a dual boot with windows home and windows LTSB and i take a lot of time to find out that if you get the error “windows cant be installed cause the style of partition is GPT” you have to change your usb drive to GPT too

  16. YourWelcome

    it’s a little interesting that Rufus is only at v2.17, but screenshot shows v2.2.668. They must have a special edition.

  17. apskallen

    Since 17 > 2 I see nothing strange with this.

  18. poody

    I can’t get my h/drive to d/load win 10 help me

  19. 7amdy

    I’M using WINDOWS XP SP3 and these tool isn’t work for me ):
    I want to make bootable usb for WINDOWS10

  20. Seneral

    Yep, completely right. I’m in the process right now, Win10 installed as MBR, so I had to start over. Can’t say for sure yet but hope is forcing GPT+UEFI instead of MBR+UEFI/BIOS compability will allow me to install Win10 with UEFI – definitely recommended over BIOS for future mainboard compability!
    For me, as I said it did work, but only because my previous setup was already questionable and using MBR with Win7, so the other Win10 tried to integrate and naturally also use MBR:/

  21. Russ Harris

    This is probably a dumb question but here goes. The writer says you require an 8GB USB drive for the 64-bit version. If your drive is bigger than 8GB (mine is a 64GB SanDisk Cruzer) will it still work? Stop laughing at me.

  22. Blue Eagle

    hello, how r u there???
    please how i can create Installation ISO for Windows 10 x86 and x64 (any edition)

  23. xD

    just use rufus mfker idiot

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