How To Create A Bootable USB Installer For Windows 10

Windows 10 has slowly become a staple when it comes to a stable, versatile and innovative OS. Compared to Windows 7, it’s now considered a better successor with recent updates. This tutorial will show you how to create a bootable USB installer for Windows 10. Please make sure that the laptop you intend to install Windows 10 meets the minimum system requirements.

Minimum system requirements:
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
If you want to avail touch sensitive operations, your laptop should have a touch sensitive screen.

You can find more here.

1. You’re going to need a USB pen drive that is at least 8GB though some have suggested that a 16GB will definitely work if you end up with errors using an 8GB pen drive.

2. Plug it into an available USB port on your laptop.

3. Go to this site and on the bottom you should see a Download Tool Now button. This is the Windows Media Creation tool. Click on it and save it to a suitable location on your laptop’s drive.

4. Locate the app and then run in an elevated command (i.e. right click app>Run as Administrator) if your donor system is Windows based. Double clicking it will produce the same result but you will need to click on Run if your UAC setting is elevated to notify.

5. Click on Accept.

6. In the new window, you will be greeted with two options. Choose “Create installation media for another PC”.

7. Click on Next.

8. On the new window, you will be asked the Language, Edition and Architecture for the Installation file. Choose accordingly and then click on Next. If the installer is intended for the donor machine then you can leave the box for “Use the recommended options for this PC” checked.

9. Click on Next.

10. You should then be greeted with two options, either to have the installation files downloaded to an USB flash drive or as an ISO onto your system. We’re choosing the first option i.e. USB flash drive.

11. Click on Next.

12. In the follow up window you should see a list of all available USB drives. Click on the drive you want to have as a bootable USB installer. If you only have one USB drive connected selecting the only possible candidate will cause the Next button to turn solid (from grey).

13. Click on Next.

14. The app will now begin to download and perform the necessary tasks to create your Windows 10 bootable USB installer.

Once the process if finished, close Windows Media Creation Tool and you can now proceed to installing off the USB after you’ve set the primary boot device to be your bootable USB installer.
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