3 Methods to Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB / DVD Installer


Microsoft give option for in-place upgrade to switch to the latest Windows 10. But sometimes users require to do a clean install of Windows 10 to a new computer or Re-installation. In this case a Windows 10 bootable disk is required.

People are switching to Windows 10 as Microsoft has decided to end the windows 7 support very soon. Older windows users should Upgrade to Windows 10 as early as possible.

How to Create Bootable Windows 10 USB Disk?

Now you can create your own boot-able Windows 10 USB flash drive with or without the help of third party software. There are mainly 3 easy methods to create a bootable Windows 10 disk to reinstall or do a fresh installation of Windows 10.

1. Windows USB / DVD Download Tool

This is the old and still reliable method to create a bootable media for Windows Installation. Its name can confuse you but It is also working for Windows 10 as well. Users can easily make a bootable disk from an iso image file with this utility.

  1. This process needs an empty USB stick (Min: 8GB). Quick format the USB drive first.
  2. Download Windows USB / DVD Download Tool & Install it on your computer.
  3. After finishing its installation, Run it.
  4. It requires ISO image file of the windows. Select the ISO image and start the process. you can download the iso file of windows 10 using media creation tool as mentioned in method 2.
  5. It will create a bootable USB / DVD installer.
Create bootable disk using Windows download tool
Windows USB / DVD Download Tool to create a bootable disk


Create Bootable USB / DVD with the ISO File
Create Bootable USB / DVD with the ISO File

2. Windows Media Creation Tool by Microsoft

This is the easiest and reliable method to create a Windows 10 bootable installation disk for Windows 7 and 8 users.

How to download windows 10 bootable USB or ISO image for clean windows installation.

    1. Download the windows media creation tool. http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691209.
    2. Select create installation media for another PC.
    3. Select Language / Edition and Architecture as per your requirement. To know more about it go to
    4. Select USB flash drive for Bootable USB or ISO file for Bootable DVD.

Download Bootable ISO with windows media creation tool


Create bootable USB drive using Media creation tool

You can download windows 10 iso file for free directly from Microsoft using this media creation tool.

3. Create Bootable Windows 10 disk With the help of third party software

Building a boot-able flash drive becomes pretty easy with the use of external software, named Rufus. Here are the essential guidelines when using Rufus for making a bootable Windows 10 flash drive.

  1. Download Rufus.
  2. Open Rufus.exe
  3. When the software launches on the screen, plug in your USB flash drive.
  4. Find the option Create a bootable USB drive.
  5. From the menu that follows, select an ISO image.
  6. Now click on the button next to this menu and click the Windows 10 ISO which you want to install on your computer.
  7. Now hit Start and the software will begin to create the bootable USB flash drive.
  8. Once you have developed the USB flash drive, just plug it in and you are ready to install / reinstall Windows 10.

Rufus Download to create bootable disk

4. Create Bootable USB disk Manually using command prompt

If you have windows 10 installation file and need to create a bootable disk USB drive or DVD. There is a way to create the boot-able Windows 10 USB flash drive without the help of Rufus or any other such software. Follow the given guidelines carefully as this method is a little complicated:

  1. Plug in your USB drive.
  2. Search Command Prompt.
  3. Run it as an administrator.
  4. Open the disk management utility using Command prompt.
  5. For this purpose, type diskpart in the CMD and hit Enter.
  6. Now type list disk and hit Enter. This will display the list of available connected disks.
  7. From this list you need to select your USB drive. For this, type select disc # and press Enter (Replace # with your disk number from the list)
  8. The next step is to clean the USB drive. For this purpose, type clean and hit Enter.
  9. Now create a bootable partition, simply type Create partition primary and press Enter.
  10. You need to select the partition you just created. Type select partition 1 and then type active and hit Enter.
  11. Now format the USB drive by typing format fs=fat32. After this press Enter.
  12. Assign a letter to your USB drive, just type assign.
  13. Finally, copy all the files of Windows 10 and paste them in the USB drive. Files can be copied from a Windows 10 disk or by extraction from an ISO file.

Create bootable disk using command promptt with diskpart

And that is all there is to know about the manual creation of a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive. all the methods are equally useful. If you’re an expert you can use the manual method without taking help of software, but beginners are advised to seek software help to avoid any complications. The best and easy method is using the Windows Media Creation Tool .

Why we need to create a bootable Windows 10 USB drive?

Since the availability of USB drives, the use of CD and DVD has prominently declined. The major reasons behind this are the ease of use, portability, larger capacity and faster copying of data files by the USB drives in comparison to the older methods. All you need is a flash drive with a capacity of more than 4GB, although 6 to 12 GB available space is ideal for storing additional files as well.

Please share your experience with the creation of bootable windows 10 disk using the below comment box.

Was this article helpful?

  1. vinay savla says

    it was helpful

  2. vinay savla says

    it was very helpful..thank you.

  3. franco says

    when i assign a letter then it ask me to format again, shit god

  4. Atul says

    It was very helpful


  5. Rajesh says

    Very Helpful!

  6. Ivan says

    only if you had added option to quickformat usb, it takes ages…

    1. Techexpert says

      This tool will ask you to format the usb before writing data. We’ll add this option in starting as well. Thanks for your suggetion.

  7. Steve says

    Rufus is completely useles for win 10 !!! Stick can not surpas boot or even start to load ??? Dod Damn stupid boot methods and boot codes !!!

    1. Techexpert says

      Try method 1, it is a Microsoft official recommended method. Maybe method2 did not work for you.

  8. Liam Case says

    meth 4
    step 11 is “format fs=fat32”
    not “fs=fat32 format”

    1. Techexpert says

      Thank you for informing us about this.
      It was written by mistake. We just have corrected it to the right format.
      Again Thanks, Have a great day!!

  9. Abishek says

    Ofc Rufus method is shit. It doesn’t even work in the burning phase when you try to burn the disc image with the specs given on the Microsoft website itself.

  10. sowmith says

    Is there a way that i could create a bootable usb without downloading the windows?
    More like is there a way that i could just take windows from the laptop I am using and create a bootable drive?
    actually the problem is i haven’t got a stable connection, so i need a workaround for downloading the windows from the internet.

    1. Techexpert says

      Sorry to say but there is no such option. You can try one thing, but in this case, you should have downloaded Windows 10.iso file. In method 1 we have described how you can create a bootable USB using Windows 10 ISO file.
      If you are looking for making a bootable Windows 10 USB from the installed Windows 10 which is on your laptop, then it is not possible. Either download Windows 10 ISO or create a direct USB from the tool. You can upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows 10 directly through this tool.

  11. Techie97 says

    It very helpful.

  12. sultan says

    why not you format it quick to save time

  13. asdasd says

    thank you sun off my biso

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