With the release of the new operating system from Microsoft, many PC users are wondering: how to create a bootable Windows 10 flash drive? This is not surprising, because in our time, flash drives have almost replaced optical drives, and many computers are available without an optical drive. In this material, we will describe in detail the process of recording a bootable USB flash drive, and also consider an example of its loading.
How to make a bootable USB flash drive Windows 10 using the utility for editing discs UltraISO
Utility Ultraiso is a fairly popular means of editing and writing to discs of various images of DVD-and CD-ROMs. To create a bootable USB flash drive using the UltraISO utility, we need an image from a licensed dozen or a DVD-ROM with the original OS. In our case, we will use a licensed Windows 10 64 bit disk. We will need this disk to create an ISO image for the subsequent creation of a bootable USB flash drive.
First of all, download and install the UltraISO program. Then install the licensed OS disc into the DVD drive. After that, launch UltraISO itself.
Now go to the menu "Instruments"And select the menu item"Create a CD image.". Also, the image creation menu can be called up with the F8 key.
After the actions taken, a window should open, as shown below.
At this stage you need choose drive with licensed Microsoft Windows 10 64 bit. Specify the location to save the image and the type of image. In our case, this is an ISO image. After editing the settings, feel free to click the Make button, after which the process of writing the ISO image to the previously specified folder will begin.
After completing the recording, the UltraISO wizard will create the required ISO image with Windows 10 64 bit.
After the work done, you can begin to create a USB flash drive using UltraISO. To do this, load into the program the created ISO-image of the disk and go to the menu "Self loading", Where we select the item"Burn hard disk image".
In the window that opens, we see that we already have a flash drive installed "KingstonData Traveler 2.0PMAP". It can also be seen that the recording method is “USB HDD".
The final step is to click on the Burn button, after which the creation of a bootable USB stick with a dozen will begin.
After the wizard finishes, the bootable USB flash drive will be ready. The example shows that creating a USB flash drive using the UltraISO utility in question is quite simple.
We solve the task using a utility from developers from Microsoft
To make it easier for PC users to download ISO images and create bootable flash drives, the developers released a utility MediaCreationTool. The application can be downloaded at www.microsoft.com. After downloading the utility, you can immediately start it, as it is portable and does not require installation. In the pop-up window of the MediaCreationTool application, select the second item, which will allow us to download and burn the ISO image to the USB flash drive.
In the next window, we need to choose the language, release and architecture of the operating system. If in paragraph "Architecture"We will choose the value"Both", Then we can create a multi-boot flash drive.
Video: Bootable USB Flash Drive Windows 10 64 Bit Create
Such a multi-boot USB flash drive will include two versions of the OS, namely 32 and 64 bit. In our case, we will select the item “Both"And move on to the next step.
We will leave the first item in this window, since it will allow us to create a bootable drive, and continue the wizard.
At this stage, the wizard will offer to select the drive on which Microsoft Windows 10 64 bit will be recorded. The next step is to download and write dozens of files to a USB flash drive.
After the wizard finishes, a bootable USB flash drive will be created.
The example shows that using MediaCreationTool to create bootable drives is easier than in the example with UltraISO.
The created boot drive with this program will support the UEFI BIOS. After installing such Windows, it will be fully compatible with all motherboards that support the UEFI BIOS.
The main advantage of using a UEFI compatible OS is security. In the following example, we will also consider an example of creating a bootable flash drive using Rufus utility, in which you can create USB sticks that support the new BIOS format UEFI BIOS.
We solve the task using the Rufus utility
Utility Rufus a relatively young program, but has already won an army of fans due to its simplicity and speed. You can download it from the official website https://rufus.akeo.ie. As in the previous example, the utility does not require installation. Therefore, we can immediately launch the downloaded installer.
In the block "Device"It’s clear that we have a 16 GB flash drive installed. In the next block, you can select the type of supported BIOS. In our case, the item that applies to both the old and the new UEFI BIOS is selected. If necessary, you can choose the option for both motherboards with conventional BIOS, and with UEFI.
To select an image with Windows 10 64 bit, it is necessary in the “Formatting options»Click on the button in the form of an optical drive icon, and then select the required ISO-image.
As you can see in the image above, the utility configured all the parameters automatically and is ready to create a bootable flash drive.
Choose the usual installation option and press the Start button. This action will start the process of writing installation files to the USB flash drive, and also make it bootable.
As you already noticed, if you have an optical disk with Windows 10 64 bit instead of an ISO image, you will have to use other utilities to create it. You can use such utilities as DAEMON Tools, Alcohol 120% and the previously described UltraISO program to create an ISO image. In addition, an image for Rufus can be downloaded with the MediaCreationTool utility described above. In general, the Rufus program copes with its task very well and creates a bootable USB flash drive faster than other programs. In the following example, we describe the launch of a bootable flash drive created by the Rufus utility.
Run the created bootable USB drive using Rufus
First of all, the bootable USB flash drive Windows 10, created using Rufus, must be installed in a free USB port in the PC on which dozens will be installed. The computer on which the installation will be performed is fully compatible with the UEFI BIOS. To install, restart the computer and when it starts, press the F11 key. This action is necessary to call up the boot drive menu (BOOT MENU).
The image above shows that there is two options for starting a flash drive:
- KingstonDataTraveler 2.0PMAP;
- UEFI: KingstonDataTraveler 2.0PMAP.
The first option will launch our USB flash drive with support for regular BIOS, and the second option will launch with support for the UEFI BIOS. In our case, we will select the item “UEFI: KingstonDataTraveler 2.0PMAP". Selecting this item, we boot into the standard Windows 64 bit installer window.
I would also like to note that BOOT MENU on different computers can be called with the F12 key or another.
In addition to the BOOT MENU, the launch of our flash drive can be configured directly through the BIOS. On motherboards, usually the section responsible for choosing the drive boot priority is called “BOOT" or "Loading". For example, the BIOS section “Download” on the MSI motherboard is shown below.
In this section, you can see that the first flash drive with UEFI support was selected for download.
As you can see from the example, any PC user can handle the launch of the USB drive with the Windows 10 installation files.
In the article, we examined three options for creating a bootable USB flash drive for Windows 10. All three options are simple, so even a novice PC user can handle them. Which option to choose is up to you. In addition to the considered examples of creating a bootable USB flash drive, we also considered an example of its launch. We hope the material described in the article helps you create a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 10 and you can fully use all the features of the new Microsoft operating system.