Bootable Windows 10 Installation USB Flash Drive


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Plug an empty 8GB (in case of 64-bit Windows 10, 16GB) USB flash thumb drive and make sure there is no useful data on it. To get Windows 10 Insllation media (ISO image), Download Windows Media Creation tool from;

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

And click “Download Tool Now” link where target installation file size is 17 MB .

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Once its done downloading, Double-click on the installer file and click “Accept” butoon for the license terms;

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Select “Create installation media for another PC” radio option and click Next;

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Before continuing to next step, make sure you have the following information on your hand;

Windows Edition: Windows 10, Windows 10N or other

Architecture: 32-bit (x86), 64-bit (x64)

License: Serial or Product Number

In the next window, un-check “Use the recommended options” and your own Windows 10 Edition and Architecture. Click “Enext” when done;

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If it successfully recognizes your USB flash thumb drive connected to your PC, it will show it accordingly as below and you can press “Next” button. If it does not, simply press the “Back” button and select “ISO Option” to continue;

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It will ask you where to save your target ISO image file. Make a note of the folder location where you saved this ISO image because it will be needed later. The download will start and depending on the speed of your Internet, it will take some time since ISO image file is around 3GB in size for 32-bit and 8GB for 64-bit.

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Once, we have successfully download the ISO image for Windows 10, its time to create a USB flash drive using Rufus. Download it from;

http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/Rufus-Portable.shtml

Once download is complete, run it and make sure you select locally downloaded ISO image folder location properly in the Rufus dialog box as below. Click “Start” button when ready;

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For a more latest version of the RUFUS, here is how it should look before you press START button to burn the ISO image of the Windows 10;

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To check if this newly-created USB drive is bootable, Download Mobalive CD from;

http://www.mobatek.net/labs_mobalivecd.html

Once, download is complete, Right-click on the file and select “Run as administrator” to continue;

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Click the “Run the LiveUSB” option as shown below;

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From the drop-down list of drives, select your USB flash thumb drive label and press “OK” to continue;

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Select option “No” to the dialog box “Do you want to create a hard disk image for your virtual machine”;

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A command prompt (DOS-based) dialog box will appear like this one. Don’t press any button and wait until you see next screen;

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You will see a classic Windows 10 logo appearing as below. Close this dialog box by pressing the “X” button.

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Congrats! You have successfully created a bootable Windows 10 Installation media from USB flash thumb drive.

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