Create a Bootable Windows 10 Installation USB drive

Create a Bootable Windows 10 Installation USB drive

Windows 10 makes it really easy to create your own bootable installation USB drive, which is really handy if you need to perform a clean install or troubleshoot your PC.

First, you'll need to make sure that you have an 8GB or larger USB drive available - as the Windows 10 installation files are quite hefty. Once you've got this to hand, visit the following URL ( and click the "download tool now" button. This will download a small Microsoft application which will create the installation media:


Run this application once it has successfully downloaded and then click the accept button once the licence/terms panel appears:


Next, choose the option to Create Installation Media when prompted, followed by the next button:


Now you'll be prompted to choose the type of installation media to create. Make sure your language, edition and architecture settings are correct. If you'll use this media on multiple PCs, or you're not sure if you'll use 32 or 64 versions, make sure to select "both" from the architecture box. Click next when done:


On the next page, choose USB flash drive as the destination media, then click next:


You will now be prompted to select your flash drive from a list. Click the drive letter followed by next:


The next step will take a few moments as the Windows 10 installation files will be downloaded. This may take a while, depending on the speed of your internet connection.


Once done, this data is written to your flash drive and you're ready to go. Click finish to exit the application.
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