Create Windows 10 Bootable USB From ISO File: How to Guide

Want to create windows 10 bootable USB?

If yes then this post is definitely gonna help you.

Creating a bootable USB from an ISO image file is pretty easy if you know the right tools & steps to follow.

In the previous post, I have already talked about how to do clean install windows 10.

Using which you can easily update your windows 7 to 10 & take advantage of the windows 10 Operating system.

Windows 10 is one of the most powerful Windows OS until now, which works great in all terms of security & performance.

And that’s why its users are increasing rapidly day by day.

Moreover, if you also want to take advantage of these Windows 10 features, then you first need to create a USB boot disk.

Let’s see how it works…

Also, check out how to make Windows 11 USB Bootable.

How to Create a Windows 10 Bootable USB From ISO Image File

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a bootable USB from Windows 10 ISO file using the media creation tool & Rufus.

But before we dive in further.

Please make sure that you have all the essential things required to create or make installation media for Windows (USB/DVD).

First, you need a USB Flash drive of 8/16 Gb.
Second, a bootable Windows 10 ISO Image File.
And third, a Windows 10 USB tool.

And if you don’t have an ISO file, then you can download it from the official Microsoft site. Also, if you have a CD/DVD drive then you can easily create a copy from it.

Now I hope you have all the above-mentioned things.

So Let’s get started…

How to make Windows 10 bootable USB UEFI using Media Creation Tool

So, here we are going to make windows 10 boot media with UEFI support using the media creation tool. This boot tool is also known as the windows 10 USB/DVD download tool & works great with all versions.

Let’s follow this step by step guide.

1. Plugin your USB flash drive and then Open your web browser & then visit the Windows 10 Download link.

Download Windows 10

2. Scroll down and below the “Create Windows 10 installation media” section, click on the Download tool now button.

Create Windows 10 installation media

3. Once the MediaCreationTool.exe file is downloaded, open it by double-clicking on it.

Media Creation Tool

Note:- Please make sure that while using this media creation boot tool, you must be connected to the internet. (Unless it will not be loaded properly)

4. Now you will see the Microsoft Software License Terms, so click on the Accept button to agree.

Microsoft Software License Terms

5. Now it will ask you “What do you want to do?”, so select the “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC” option & then click on Next.

Create Installation Media USB Flash Drive

Note:- You can also select the “Upgrade this PC now” option if you have Windows 7 as it will help you to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

6. Now select the Language, Architecture, and Edition of your Windows 10 OS according to your preference. Like I am selecting Language as “English (United States), Edition as “Windows 10” and Architecture as “64 bit (x64)” and then click on Next.

Windows 10 64 bit

Note:- Before selecting the Windows Architecture & Edition, please uncheck the “Use the recommended options for this PC” option.

7. After selecting the Windows 10 operating system, it will ask for “Choose which media to use”. So select the “USB flash drive” option & then click on Next.

USB flash drive

Note:- If you directly want to download the Windows 10 image file to burn it later to a DVD/CD drive, then you can also select the “ISO file” option.

8. And then, it will ask you to “Select a USB flash drive” from the Removable drive list. So select the USB drive which you make bootable & then click on Next.

Windows 10 USB

Note:- Before clicking on the “Next” button, please make sure that you have backup all your data present on a USB drive as all the files on your USB will be deleted.

9. After that, it will start downloading the Windows 10 installation files from the official Microsoft servers for creating USB bootable.

Downloading the Installation Files

And after downloading all the files, it will validate or verify your download file then copy them to the USB drive.

Verifying your Download

Note:- Please make sure while completing this downloading process you must be connected to a good internet connection.

10. At last, it will start “Creating Windows 10 media” using the USB drive with BIOS Legacy & UEFI support.

Creating Windows 10 media

And Done! Your bootable USB flash drive is ready & Finish.

Bootable USB flash drive is ready

Also Read: Don’t forget to make this USB unbootable after installing the Windows 10 OS on your computer/laptop.

So, Let’s move to the next method using the Rufus tool. This method will help you if you don’t have a good internet connection but have an ISO file stored on your local hard drive.

And here we go…

Method 2: How to create a Windows 10 bootable USB using Rufus Tool [UEFI Support]

Rufus is one of the finest bootable USB tools I have ever used. It is fast, reliable & built with lots of advanced features. Like the windows 10 media creation tool, Rufus is also known as the windows 10 USB/DVD download tool.

So Let’s move further & the only thing you need is Rufus.

1. Download the Rufus tool from the given link & if you already have it that’s great.

Create bootable USB drives the easy way

After opening the link you will find the “Create bootable USB drives the easy way” heading & below that you will find a “Download” section. So, Click on the first link “Rufus 3.11” & it will automatically start the download.

Download Rufus

2. Once the Rufus.exe file is downloaded, insert your USB drive & then Open the Rufus tool by double-clicking on it.

Open Rufus Tool

3. After opening the Rufus, it will automatically detect the USB disk or you can also select it manually from the Device drop-down menu.

USB disk

4. After selecting the USB Device, select the Boot selection as “Disk or ISO image” from the drop-down menu.

Disk or ISO image

And then click on the “SELECT” button & navigate to the Windows 10 ISO file and select & then Click on Open.

Windows 10 ISO file

5. Now select the Image option as “Standard Windows installation” because you want to use this USB for install windows 10 installation.

Standard Windows installation

Note:- You can also select the “Windows To Go” option from the same drop-down menu to create the Live USB.

6. Now select the Partition scheme as “GPT” and the Target system as “UEFI (non CSM)“. Also, you can choose other option like “MBR” as the partition scheme and target system as “BIOS (Legacy)“.

UEFI & BIOS Legacy

Note:- The best part of Rufus is that it automatically detects the suitable settings according to the ISO file you are using.

7. After that configure the “USB Format Options” and its properties. You can rename the Volume label as “Windows 10 USB“, File system as NTFS and its cluster size as Default.

Windows 10 USB Flash Drive

8. At last, under the “Status” section click on the START button & wait for a few minutes while your bootable USB is created.

START Bootable USB is Created

And Done! You have successfully created the bootable USB drive for windows 10 using the Rufus tool.

Note:- Please make sure that your USB is empty or you have already backup your data from it.

That’s it for now…


So, that’s how you can easily create a bootable UEFI USB or boot media from Windows 10 ISO file using media creation tool / Rufus. And can use this USB disk to install a new OS Windows 10 on your new computer.

And now I hope you have got all your answers to the questions like how do i create a bootable Windows 10 USB drive.

Stay tuned for the next post on how to make a bootable USB Windows 10 using cmd.

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