How to Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB | Bootable USB Software

April.22, 2018 17:28. Posted by to Tutorials
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ISO file is tremendously useful for carrying exact copies of information from physical disks. They have many applications, and one of them is to create bootable media on a storage device like a USB flash drive. What does this mean, and how do you create a bootable USB with a Windows ISO file?

 

It's important to know the difference between a normal ISO file and a bootable ISO. The former only has the information on a disk replicated on it. This could be music tracks, video clips or any other type of media or file. A bootable ISO will also contain information required to boot from the media. In this case, a bootable USB containing a Windows 10/7/8 ISO file will also carry the boot information. The purpose is to bypass the normal booting process and load a lightweight OS environment in which diagnostics, repairs, software installations and other tasks can be performed.

Where to Download Windows 10 ISO File?

There are a couple of ways to get a copy of Windows 10 ISO for free. It is always recommended that you only download from Microsoft's servers, but the process differs when you do it on a Windows PC versus a Mac computer.

 

In Windows, you have to go to the download page and get the Media Creation Tool. Once you have that, you will be able to upgrade the PC you're on or create media for a different PC. Choose the second option and review other settings like language, version and architecture. In the final page, select the ISO File option and click Next to download the ISO.

 

Go to the Microsoft download page for the Windows 10/7/8 ISO file. Download the media creation tool. Select 'Create installation media for another PC.' Select your language, version and architecture. Select ISO File and download to desktop.

 

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How to Create Bootable Windows 10 USB Drive on PC with Bootable USB Tool

The next step is to create the bootable media from this ISO file. It's not as simple as copying the file to your USB drive. It requires either built-in or third-party utilities to make sure the boot information written to the drive. We will take Windows as the first example. You can also do the same thing on Linux or Mac.

 

ISO Burner is a purpose-built utility for creating bootable USB drives or DVDs; it can also be used for several other purposes such as ISO creation, extraction, editing and copying from disk. For this example, we'll show you how simple it is to use ISO Burner to create a bootable USB for Windows 10/7/8.

 

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Step 1: Install ISO Burner on PC

Download and instal ISO Burner from the official website, which is safe and most up to date. After installation, please launch the program and click on the Burn option on the main screen.

 

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Step 2:Add Windows 10 ISO File

You can use the Browse button to Import the Windows 10 ISO file to the program. Then insert an USB drive to the same PC and the drive name will appears on the screen automatically.

 

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Step 3: Burn ISO to USB to Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB

Click on the Burn button to start the bootable USB creation process. Usually, you have to wait 10-20 minutes becasue Windows 10 ISO file is large (Over 3.5G). A message will pop up when the burning task is completed.

 

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When the USB is ready, you can use it to reinstall, repair or fix system issue. There is no additional setting required through the whole burning process so it is the easiesy way to make a bootable Windows 10 USB.

 

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How to Create Bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux (Ubuntu)

If you're using a Linux machine to create the bootable drive, you can also use command line utilities to get the job done. It's a little more complex, but since you're already using Linux, you might want to give this a try. It involves unmounting and formatting the USB drive, and then the using the Data Duplicator utility with the help of a command line input. Assuming you already have the ISO file downloaded, here are the next set of steps to follow:

 

Step 1: Insert your USB drive and unmount it. The command to use is as follows: umount /dev/sdb* . That's assuming the USB drive appears as /dev/sdb.

 

Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Linux

 

Step 2: Change as applicable. Next, format your drive with the following command: sudo mkfs.ntfs /dev/sdb . This command formats the USB as NTFS, which is required for a Windows ISO.

 

Step 3: Make sure you're in the right directory (where your ISO file is) and run the following command: sudo dd if=name-of-iso.iso of=/dev/sdb

 

Step 4: You won't see the progress, but in a few minutes the Windows 10 bootable USB will be ready.

 

If you're a hard-core Linux user, you may want to try out the second method. However, if you don't have any technical expertise and don't want to fear breaking the system with a wrong command, we recommend using ISO Burner to get the job done. It's much simpler, and doesn't carry the risks that the other method does. In a couple of clicks, you can be done. With the Linux command line method, make sure you follow the sequence of steps and commands shown in this article.

 

 

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