How to create bootable USB drive with windows 10

There are various methods on how to create bootable USB drive with windows 10. This guide will walk you through two methods on how to create bootable USB drive with windows 10.

How to create bootable USB drive with windows 10 using powerISO.

PowerISO is a powerful CD / DVD / BD image file processing tool for computers running Windows operating system, which allows you to open, extract, burn, create, edit, compress, encrypt, split and convert ISO files, and mount ISO files with an internal virtual drive. You can download a copy at http://www.poweriso.com/download.php and then follow the following steps.

Step 1 

After installing powerISO, right click on the program and run as administrator. If you have downloaded a free copy, wait for some seconds and then close the popped up window to remain with the main powerISO window.

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Step 2

Next, you will have to create an image file of Windows 10 that will be loaded on the USB drive in case you don’t have the image yet.

Click the “New” button on toolbar or choose the “File > New > Data CD / DVD Image” menu.

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Note that after clicking on Data CD/DVD, you won’t be able to recognize any change in the window but the operation of creating the image will have started in the background waiting for files to include in the image file.

Click on the Add icon button on the toolbar to add the folder containing windows files. You can also directly drag the folder from Windows Explorer to the PowerISO window.

Once the folder appears in the powerISO window, click on the Save button on the toolbar, or navigate to File > Save As… from the toolbar.

Save the image with a with a preferred name an a “.iso” extension

Saving the image file

Step 3

Click on tools in the top left corner of the window and choose to create bootable USB drive…

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Step 4

In the next window, click on the folder icon and locate the image file you just created. Under Destination USB drive field, select the destination flash drive. Leave the default settings and click on start. This will take several minutes depending on the image size and the computer specifications. (approximately 15 to 20 minutes)

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How to create bootable USB drive with windows 10 using Rufus.

Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pen drives, memory sticks, etc.

You can download a copy from https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Creating a bootable USB drive with Rufus is quite basic since it requires an image file made already. Therefore if you don’t have an image file created already, Begin by creating the image in powerISO using the steps described above.

  1. Open your installed Rufus program
  2. Locate the destination USB drive under the Device field.
  3. Locate the windows image file under Boot selection.
  4. Then click on START. It will take several minutes depending on the image size and the computer specifications.
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