Windows 10 UEFI Bootable USB – DVD Download Tool Guide
Making a bootable USB with Windows 10 is as simple as making one with Windows 7 or Windows 8. Actually, the methods that you will use for creating a bootable USB with Windows 7/8 will also work with Windows 10.
Microsoft has made a powerful tool named “Windows USB/DVD Download Tool”. This tool allows you to load an ISO file in it (an ISO that contains Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10) and make your USB stick a bootable image of Windows.
In order to prepare a bootable UEFI USB drive with Windows 10, we suggest you to use a free tool that’s called Rufus and not Microsoft’s Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool, as Rufus comes with more features.
However, today we’re going to teach you how to make a bootable Windows UEFI bootable USB using both of these tools, allowing you to decide which one you will want to use.
Creating a bootable UEFI USB with Windows 10 using Rufus
First of all, you will need to download the latest version of Rufus. This application doesn’t require installation, so just download the .exe file and save it to your desktop or in a place where you can access it with ease.
HINT: Keep in mind that the PC you’re about to use to make a bootable UEFI USB with Windows 10 needs to run on Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
Now, you will need to connect an USB drive that has at least 4GB memory capacity to the computer and make a backup of all data, as you will need to format it in order to load the files that are inside the ISO file. So, start Rufus by double clicking on the Rufus.exe (from desktop or the location where you’ve saved it) and select “YES” when you will notice an UAC prompt.
Under the Device section, you will need to select the USB drive that you want to make bootable. From under partition scheme and target system type section you will need to select “MBR partition scheme for UEFI computer”.
For File system, you will need to choose “FAT32”, as this system supports UEFI and BIOS. However, in case you know that your computer doesn’t support UEFI, you can select NTFS for a faster installation.
After that, enter a volume label and click on the CD/DVD icon from the right-bottom side and select the ISO image of Windows 10. Now you can finally click on the “Start” button and select the “OK” button when you will notice a warning pop-up.
When Rufus finish its job, you can start using the USB stick to install Windows 10 on a computer.
Creating a bootable USB with Windows 10 using Microsoft’s Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
HINT: Before using this tool, make sure that your computer doesn’t support UEFI as Windows USB/DVD Download Tool will not help you to prepare the bootable USB for UEFI computers. In order to create a bootable USB with Windows 10 for UEFI support computers, you will need to use the Rufus tool.
Things are easier with the tool created by Microsoft. You will need to download Windows USB/DVD Download Tool from Microsoft’s website and install it on your computer. Connect an USB drive that has at least 4GB memory capacity to the computer and make a backup of all data.
After that, you will need to start the tool and click on the “Browse” button. Then, you will need to go to the location where you’ve saved the Windows 10 ISO file, select it and click “Open”. Now, click “Next” and select the “USB Device” button and a new window will appear, where you will need to select the USB drive.
HINT: In case you can’t see the USB drive, click on the “refresh” button located somewhere in the middle of the window.
Finally, you can now click on “Begin Copying” and the tool will format your USB drive and will start copying Windows installation files on it. Once it’s done, you will be able to use the USB stick to install Windows 10 on a computer.