If you want to have a USB installation device for Windows 10, you will have to burn the Windows 10 ISO file to USB. Even though it’s not a simple task, but with the help of some third-party tools you can do that.
You must remember that burning ISO files aren’t like copying a file to the USB. Burning an ISO to disc is different from burning it to a USB as well. Moreover, you are planning to boot from that USB drive, and that adds to the nature of the complexity of this process. So, let’s begin the process.
Manually Burning The ISO File To USB
You can do this process manually and by using a third-party tool as well. Here’s how you can do it manually.
Download an ISO file from Microsoft
To begin with, you must have an ISO file of Windows 10. So, download it from the Microsoft official website. Go to the website and click on the download now option to get the MediaCreation Tool.
Once it is downloaded, double-click on it and accept the terms. Then you will find the option of creating an installation media for another system. Select it and click on next.
In the next screen, you will need to select the architecture, language, and edition and then click on next to continue the process. In the next screen, select the option of ISO file and then move on to the next screen. You will be asked to pick a location for saving the file.
By default, the name of the file will be Windows. Pick the location and change the file name if you want to and then click on save. You will see the download is in progress. When the download is completed, you will see a screen with the finish button on the bottom, click on it to finish the download process.
Download and Install Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
Now to burn this ISO file, you need the Windows USB/DVD download tool. You can get this tool from the Microsoft website as well. Go to the download page and find the tool. Click on it and follow the instructions to download it. Save it where you can easily access it.
When the file is downloaded, double-click on it to install. After the installation is completed, you will see a shortcut of the tool.
Now Burn The ISO File To The USB
Now, its time for the final act. Plug in the USB and let’s start burning the ISO file to it. First, open the Windows USB/DVD download tool by double-clicking its shortcut. You will be asked to choose an ISO file. To do that, click on browse and choose the ISO file you first downloaded. Now click on next.
In the next screen choose USB for the media type. If you have one USB drive plugged in, it will be automatically selected. If you have more than one USB plugged in, select the one on which you want to burn the file. Now click on begin copying option to start with the process.
You will be asked for the permission to erase the USB before start copying. Select erase USB option and then confirm your action by clicking on Yes. Wait while the process is going on. After a while, you will see a message saying that the bootable device is successfully created.
That’s the sign that your installation USB for Windows 10 is ready. You can now unplug the device and use it for installing Windows 10 on other systems.
Using The Third Party Tool
First, find a proper third party tool that will help you complete the entire process flawlessly and with as less hassle as possible. Then download the tool and install it. Some programs are portable, so they won’t need to be installed since they will run as it is.
Launch the tool and plug in your USB drive. Select your USB device and find the option to create a bootable device. Select the ISO image option. Then you will have to select the ISO file that you downloaded from Microsoft.
When everything is in place, click on start. You will get a warning saying that all the data in the device will be destroyed. Click on ok. Now all you have to do is wait until the process is completed. When you are done with the process, you will see a done notification, and you can eject the USB from your system.
You have the bootable USB drive with complete setup for Windows 10 that you can use on any system. Just plug in the USB drive in any system, you want to install Windows 10, open the file and double-click it to have the entire set-up done in a few minutes.
And before using a USB, make sure you don’t have any important data in it. And if there is any critical data, create a backup before using them for burning the ISO file or the data will be lost forever.