Create Windows 10 USB in 4 Steps

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Now that Windows 10 is available for download, many of you might be planning to install Microsoft’s new desktop operating system on your computer. There are plenty of reasons to install Windows, and a wide choice of editions to choose from. We were asked a question recently by a client.

How can I create Windows 10 USB installers in the quickest amount of time and be fully working and be up to date?

“It’s easy”, we said. Our client was so amazed at how easy and quick the process has become that he wondered why more people were not making their own Windows 10 USB installers. “It’s simple”, we said, computer users are still receiving DVD installation discs from big box manufacturers such as HP and Dell and so see it as the norm to install Windows from a DVD. Did you know that Windows is installed way way faster via USB than DVD. Get yourself a USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 device and watch your install almost completed after 10 minutes.

Remember that you can automatically upgrade to Windows 10 via the Windows 10 logo icon on the bottom right of your desktop. So far after 19 flawless upgrades we can confirm that the new Windows upgrade installation method is practically perfect but it is always better to perform a clean installation which is why the steps in this tutorial will be part of your installation ritual until Microsoft decides to make it even simpler.

Why choose a clean install over an upgrade?

  • No more random dialogue box errors. Only install the applications you need.
  • Chance to get rid of those junk files you have been keeping for a just in case situation that never arrives.
  • No more bloatware or trial applications you forgot to uninstall.
  • Best of all, no viruses, malware or spyware will be carried over to your new operating system unlike  the upgrade your Windows route.

 

So what are my options? Well, you can choose to make a Windows 10 bootable USB disk or DVD, though the USB offers massive advantages like faster read/ write speeds. You are also far more likely to have a USB drive lying around, begging to be taken out of its packaging or your computer may not even have a DVD drive, in which case the decision has already been made for you.

Make sure that the USB or DVD (if rewritable) you pick to be your Windows 10 bootable media has no important data on it, because this process will format the drive, which means you will lose everything on your USB stick or DVD. Also make sure that the drive is of a minimum 4GB capacity, as the process requires 3GB of space. With that in mind, here is the list of steps you need to follow to make a bootable Windows 10 drive:


The 4 Step Process

1) Download Windows 10 media creation tool. Here are links to download the Windows 10 media creation tool for 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit(x64) Windows. To find out which type of Windows you are running, go to Start, type Control panel, select System and security, and then, under System, look at the value for System type, or check this step by step guide by Microsoft.

2) Once Media creation tool has been installed, launch the application. When asked What do you want to do? select Create installation media for another PC, and click Next.

How to create windows 10 usb installer step 2

3) On the next screen, select your preferred Language and Architecture (x32 or x64)as determined in Step 1. Also choose the Edition you would like to install as explained below and click Next.

How to create windows 10 usb installer step 3
What Edition do I choose?

  • Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 with Bing, or Windows 10 Home, choose Windows 10 Home as Edition to install.
  • Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8 Professional, Windows 8.1 Professional with Media Centre, or Windows 10 Pro, chooseWindows 10 Pro as Edition to install.
  • Windows 8 Single Language, Windows 8.1 Single Language, or Windows 8 Single Language with Bing, choose Windows 10 Home Single Language as Edition to install.

 

4) If you are creating a bootable Windows 10 USB disk, select USB flash drive and click Next to follow the rest of the steps. A friendly reminder once again, you will lose whatever data is on the drive you select.

How to create windows 10 usb installer step 4
If you want to create a bootable Windows 10 USB DVD, select ISO file. Make sure you have ISO file of the Windows 10 version you selected in step 3 handy. ISO files are basically images of the setup files, and the Windows 10 ISO files are available from Microsoft to download. We recommend ImgBurn for burning reliable DVDs.

Once Windows 10 media creation tool has finished doing its job, you will have a Windows 10 bootable USB disk/ DVD drive, depending upon the option you chose. We hope you have found our post on How to create Windows 10 USB in 4 Steps useful for the future. If you would like further tutorials on Application or Operating System installs then drop us a line via email at info@strongboxtechnology.com with the subject “I’ve got a great idea”.

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