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Create UEFI Bootable USB Of Windows 10

Preparing a bootable USB of Windows 10 is as simple as making a bootable USB of Windows 8 or Windows 7. In fact, all the methods and tools out there to create Windows 7 bootable USB work great with Windows 10 as well.

The fact that Microsoft’s USB/DVD Download tool, the official tool which helps you transfer ISO files contents to USB, supports the latest version of Windows operating system makes the installation of Windows 10 from USB a lot easier. Users who’re having issues with this official tool can follow the ever-green and 100% working install Windows 10 from USB guide to prepare the bootable USB with the help of additional utilities.

To prepare the bootable UEFI USB drive of Windows 10, we recommend using a free tool called Rufus over Microsoft’s Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool as Rufus is more reliable and offers more features when compared to other tools in the market.

But since there are many users who might want to use the official Windows USB/DVD Download Tool, we will be using the tool to prepare the bootable USB of Windows 10. And we will use the free Rufus tool to prepare bootable UEFI Windows 10 USB drive (method 1).

Method 1 of 2

Bootable UEFI USB of Windows 10 using Rufus

Step 1: Visit this page and download the latest version of Rufus. Rufus is a portable utility and hence doesn’t require an installation.

Step 2: Connect your 4GB+ USB drive to your PC where you have installed Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. Be sure to backup all data from your USB drive.

Step 3: Run Rufus utility. Click Yes button when you see the UAC prompt to launch the tool.

Step 4: Under the Device section, select your USB drive that you want to make bootable, select MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI computers, or GPT partition scheme for UEFI computer depending the type of partition type on your PC.

Step 5: Next, select the File system as FAT32 (default) as it supports both BIOS and UEFI. But if you’re sure that your PC doesn’t support UEFI, you can choose NTFS for a faster installation.

Step 6: Enter a volume label, click on the CD/DVD drive icon to browse to the Windows 10 ISO image file. Select the file.

Step 7: Finally, click Start button, click OK button when you see the warning dialog to continue its job.

Once Rufus completes its job, you’ll see “Done” message. That’s it!

You can now open UEFI settings and make necessary changes to boot from USB drive.

Method 2 of 2

Windows 10 bootable USB using USB/DVD Download Tool

IMP: If you get “The selected file is not a valid ISO file” error, please follow the instructions mentioned in our how to fix the selected file is not a valid ISO file error guide.

WARNING: Before using this tool, please make sure that your PC doesn’t support UEFI as Windows USB/DVD Download Tool doesn’t help you prepare the bootable USB for UEFI PCs. To create a bootable USB of Windows 10 for UEFI supported PCs, please follow the instructions in Method 1.

Step 1: Click on this official link to download Windows USB/DVD Download Tool directly from Microsoft servers.

Step 2: Connect a USB flash or hard drive with 4GB+ capacity and backup data before continuing further. Please be sure to backup all data from your USB drive as the drive will be formatted in the coming steps.

Step 3: Run the downloaded USB/DVD Download Tool setup file and then follow the easy on-screen instructions to get it installed on your PC running Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Step 4: Launch Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, click the Browse button to browse to the folder where Windows 10 ISO image file is located. After selecting the ISO image, click Next button.

Step 5: In the following screen, you need to select USB device as your media type. To do so, click on the USB device button. And if you want to prepare the bootable DVD, please click DVD instead.

Step 6: Next, you’ll be asked to select your USB drive. Please carefully select your USB drive from the drop-down list before clicking the Begin Copying button. Again, it’s important to note that a wrong selection of drive will cause data loss.

The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool starts copying all the contents of the ISO image to the USB drive and will make it bootable in a couple of minutes.

Once done, you can connect bootable USB to the PC on which you want to install Windows 10, change BIOS settings to boot from USB, and start installing Windows 10.

Hope this helps!

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Новая ОС на подходе (уже вышла), а потому поговорим о том, как создать загрузочную флешку Windows 10. Впрочем, способы не особенно изменились по сравнению с предыдущей версией операционной система: так же, как и раньше, ничего сложного в этой задаче нет.

В статье описан как официальный способ сделать загрузочную флешку с оригинальной Windows 10 Pro или Home посредством фирменной утилиты, так и другие способы и бесплатные программы, которые помогут вам в записи установочного USB накопителя из ISO образа с Windows 10 для установки ОС или восстановления системы. В дальнейшем может пригодиться пошаговое описание процесса установки: Установка Windows 10 с флешки.

Примечание: также может быть интересным — Создание загрузочной флешки Windows 10 на Mac, Запуск Windows 10 с флешки без установки

Загрузочная флешка Windows 10 официальным способом

Сразу после выхода финальной версии новой ОС, на сайте Microsoft появилась утилиты Windows 10 Installation Media Creation Tool, позволяющая создать загрузочную флешку для последующей установки системы.

Тут важно отметить, что с помощью данной программы вы получаете оригинальную Windows 10 Pro (Профессиональная), Home (Домашняя) или Home для одного языка. И в полной мере такая флешка подходит только в том случае, если у вас либо есть ключ Windows 10, либо вы предварительно обновились до новой версии системы, активировали ее, а теперь хотите выполнить чистую установку (в этом случае при установке пропустите ввод ключа, а по ее окончании, войдите под своей учетной записью Microsoft, система активируется автоматически).

Скачать Windows 10 Installation Media Creation Tool вы можете с официальной страницы https://www.microsoft.com/ru-ru/software-download/windows10, при этом загружать следует версию в той разрядности (32-бит или 64-бит), какую имеет система, установленная в настоящий момент времени.

После запуска, вам будет предложено либо обновить этот компьютер сейчас, либо создать накопитель для установки. Нас интересует второй вариант.

На следующем этапе потребуется выбрать язык, версию и разрядность Windows 10, которую нужно записать на флешку. В последних версиях утилиты пункт Windows 10 Pro отсутствует. Выбираем просто Windows 10, там будет содержаться и профессиональная и домашняя версии (с выбором при установке). Также появилась отметка — использовать рекомендуемые параметры, она означает, что будет загружена та версия, которая соответствует версии на этом компьютере.

Последний шаг — указать, что вам требуется USB-устройство, выбрать подключенную флешку и дождаться завершения загрузки и записи файлов дистрибутива Windows 10 на ваш USB-накопитель.

По окончании, у вас будет готовый накопитель, который пригодится не только для чистой установки системы, но и для ее восстановления в случае сбоев. Дополнительно, можете посмотреть видео об официальном способе сделать загрузочную флешку с Windows 10 ниже.

Создание загрузочной флешки Windows 10 без программ

Первый и самый простой способ требует, чтобы ваша материнская плата (на том компьютере, где будет использоваться загрузочная флешка) была с ПО UEFI (большинство материнских плат последних 2-3-х лет), т.е. поддерживала EFI-загрузку.

Вам потребуется: образ ISO с системой и USB накопитель подходящего объема, отформатированный в FAT32 (обязательный пункт для данного способа).

Сами же действия по созданию загрузочной флешки Windows 10 состоят из следующих шагов:

  1. Смонтировать образ Windows 10 в системе (подключить стандартными средствами или с помощью программ наподобие Daemon Tools).
  2. Скопировать все содержимое образа на USB.

Готово. Теперь, при условии, что на компьютере выставлен режим загрузки UEFI, вы можете легко загрузиться и установить Windows 10 с изготовленного накопителя. Для того, чтобы выбрать загрузку с флешки, лучше всего воспользоваться Boot Menu материнской платы.

Использование Rufus для записи установочного USB

Если ваш компьютер или ноутбук не имеет UEFI (то есть у вас обычный БИОС) или по какой-то иной причине предыдущий способ не подошел, Rufus — отличная программа (и на русском языке), чтобы быстро сделать загрузочную USB флешку для установки Windows 10.

В программе достаточно выбрать USB-накопитель в пункте «Устройство», отметить пункт «Создать загрузочный диск» и выбрать «ISO-образ» в списке. После чего, нажав по кнопке с изображением привода компакт-дисков, указать путь к образу Windows 10.

Также следует обратить внимание на выбор пункта в «Схема раздела и тип системного интерфейса». В общем случае, при выборе следует исходить из следующего:

  • Для компьютеров с обычным БИОС выбираем «MBR для компьютеров с BIOS или UEFI-CSM».
  • Для компьютеров с UEFI — GPT для компьютеров с UEFI.

После этого достаточно нажать «Старт» и дождаться завершения копирования файлов на флешку.

Подробно об использовании Rufus, где скачать и видео инструкция — Использование Rufus 2.

Программа Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Официальная бесплатная утилита Microsoft, изначально созданная для записи образа Windows 7 на диск или USB не потеряла актуальности и с выходом новых версий ОС — ее все так же можно использовать, если вам нужен дистрибутив для установки.

Процесс создания загрузочной флешки Windows 10 в данной программе состоит из 4-х шагов:

  1. Выберите образ ISO с Windows 10 на вашем компьютере и нажмите «Next» (Далее). 
  2. Выберите: USB device — для загрузочной флешки или DVD — для создания диска. 
  3. Выберите USB накопитель из списка. Нажмите кнопку «Begin copying» (появится предупреждение о том, что все данные с флешки будут удалены). 
  4. Дождитесь окончания процесса копирования файлов. 

На этом создание Flash-диска завершено, можно начинать им пользоваться.

Скачать Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool на данный момент можно со страницы http://wudt.codeplex.com/ (именно ее Microsoft указывает как официальную для загрузки программы).

Загрузочная флешка Windows 10 с помощью UltraISO

Программа UltraISO, служащая для создания, изменения и записи ISO образов, очень популярна у пользователей и, в том числе, может быть использована для того, чтобы сделать загрузочную флешку.

Процесс создания состоит из следующих шагов:

  1. Открыть образ ISO Windows 10 в UltraISO
  2. В меню «Самозагрузка» выбрать пункт «Записать образ жесткого диска», после чего с помощью мастера записать его на USB накопитель.

Более подробно процесс описан у меня в руководстве Создание загрузочной флешки в UltraISO (шаги показаны на примере Windows 8.1, но для 10 отличаться не будут).

WinSetupFromUSB

WinSetupFromUSB — пожалуй, моя любимая программа для целей записи загрузочных и мультизагрузочных USB. Ее можно использовать и для Windows 10.

Автор рекомендует прочесть:

Процесс (в базовом варианте, без учета нюансов) будет состоять из выбора USB накопителя, установки отметки «Autoformat it with FBinst», указания пути к ISO образу Windows 10 (в поле для Windows Vista, 7, 8) и нажатия кнопки «Go».

Для детальной информации: Инструкция и видео по использованию WinSetupFromUSB.

Заключение

По сути, для того, чтобы сделать установочную флешку Windows 10 подходят все способы, которые работают для Windows 8.1, в том числе через командную строку, многочисленные программы для создания загрузочной флешки. Так что, если вам не хватило описанных выше вариантов, вы можете смело использовать любой другой для предыдущей версии ОС.

А вдруг и это будет интересно:

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Как создать установочный USB Windows 10, 8 и 7

В наше время для установки Windows используют чаще USB накопитель, вместо диска.  И в сегодняшней статье опишем простую процедуру создания установочного USB Windows 10, 8 и 7.

Для создания установочной флешки понадобится сам накопитель с объемом не меньше 4ГБ, образ Windows, который вы хотите установить,  и маленькая утилита от Майкрософт.

Скачать ISO для установочного носителя Windows.

Прежде чем приступить к созданию установочного USB нам нужно скачать ISO образ Windows, которую мы хотим себе установить.  В наше время источников с образами Windows  множество, вы можете на любом торрент трекере найти нужную систему Windows в формате ISO или скачать официальный образ с серверов Майкрософт.

Создать установочный USB накопитель с Windows 10, 8 и 7

Теперь, когда у нас есть образ системы Windows, нужно скачать утилиту для создания установочного USB накопителя. Универсальная утилита для записи всех образов и создания установочной и загрузочной USB это Rufus, но сегодня для создания установочного накопителя будем использовать утилиту от Майкрософт Windows USB/DVD Download Tool. Не обращайте внимание, что описание  для Windows 7,  утилита отлично создает установочные флешки любой версии Windows.

Заходим на страницу загрузки, находим и выбираем Windows USB/DVD Download Tool

На этой странице нажимаем Download

Запускаем загруженный файл => начнется установка, в появившемся окне нажимаем Next

В следующем окне нажимаем Install

Когда закончится установка - нажмите Finish

Запустите ярлык Windows 7 USB DVD Download

Нажмите в появившемся окне на "Browse"

Найдите и выберите образ ISO Windows, из которого будете делать установочную флешку

Теперь нажмите "Next"

Подключите USB накопитель и нажмите на USB device

Выберите его из списка и нажмите "Begin copying"

Помните, что создание установочного накопителя подразумевает уничтожение всех данных на нём. Если есть что-то нужное на флешке - скопируйте его куда-то.  Для продолжения создания установочного накопителя нажимаем "Erase USB Device"

Вас предупредит о том, что на выбранном накопителе вся информация будет уничтожена - нажимаем "Да"

Ждем пока пройдет процесс создания установочного USB

Когда напишет 100% - можно вытягивать накопитель и использовать его для установки Windows на любой компьютер. Установку всегда лучше делать не из системы, нужно вставить накопитель в устройство => перезагрузить компьютер и при включении выбрать загрузку с флешки => после чего начнется установка системы.

На сегодня всё, если есть дополнения - пишите комментарии! Удачи Вам  🙂

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Install Windows 10, 8, 8.1, or 7 from a Bootable USB drive

Windows is sold in the form of DVDs and downloadable ISOs. The Windows DVD can be put into an optical drive for easy installation. However, with the advent of ultra portable devices and tablets that do not have optical drives, installing Windows from the setup DVD becomes a problem. The only solution for these devices is to install Windows from a USB device such as a flash drive. There are many other reasons why despite having an optical drive, you might want a bootable USB device for installing Windows. One is that installing Windows from a flash drive is a lot faster than that from a DVD. Creating a flash drive for installing Windows is not as simple as copying the setup files to it as it will not be bootable. To make it bootable, you need to use special software.

There are many third party software to create bootable USB devices but given the fact that most people aren't comfortable with third party software, Microsoft has released an application called Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool. Although the program's name makes it feel that it only supports Windows 7, that isn't really the case. It works well for preparing a bootable USB device for installing Windows 8 as well.

However, if you want to install Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 from a USB device, you need to use a third party tool called Rufus, as Microsoft's tool does not support Windows 8.1 and the newer Windows 10.

Before you begin, you must make sure that your flash drive has a storage capacity of at least 4GB (8GB for 64 bit). Also, you need to make sure that you have an ISO file of the Windows setup DVD with you. If you do not have the ISO file, then you need to create an ISO file from your setup DVD using a free program like ISOCreator.

See Steps for

1. Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 2. Windows 8 and Windows 7

Steps to Install Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 from USB flash drive

1. Download Rufus. The program runs perfectly on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Also, you need to be in an administrator account.

2. Start the program and locate your USB device in the Device: dropdown.

3. Give a name to your flash drive using the Volume Label option and leave all other settings unchanged.

4. Check the Create a bootable disk using checkbox if it is not already checked. In the dropdown menu next to it, select ISO image. Click on the small button right to it to locate your Windows ISO image.

5. Click on Start to format your USB device and extract all files of the ISO to it. This will delete all data on your USB device so make sure that it does not contain any important files.

6. Now, you need to boot from the USB device you just created to start the Windows 8.1 installation process. If your computer doesn't boot from it, you might need to change the boot order. Also, you must note that older computers won't boot from a USB drive that is formatted as NTFS. To overcome this, you should make sure that your device is formatted as FAT32 and your hard disk has enough free space.

Steps to Install Windows 8 and Windows 7 from USB flash drive

1. Install Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool. To install this program, you need .NET Framework version 2.0 or higher installed on your computer. The program works on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Also, you need to be in an administrator account.

2. Open the program. Enter the location of your Windows ISO file in the source file box. Alternatively, you can browse to it and click Next. If at this step, you get an error saying "Invalid ISO file", you can use an alternate method to make a bootable USB flash drive.

3. On the choose media type screen, select USB device to create a bootable Windows installation flash drive.

4. On the insert USB device screen, select your USB flash drive or the external hard drive to which you want to copy the setup files and click Begin copying. If your USB device does not have enough space, you will be shown a dialog box saying so. Click Erase USB device. This will format your USB device and delete all data on it.

Tip: If you accidentally delete the data in your USB device in the previous step, you could still recover it with free tools.

5. If everything goes right, you will see a Bootable USB device created successfully message on the next screen.

6. Now, you need to boot from the USB device you just created to start the Windows installation process. If your computer doesn't boot from it, you might need to change the boot order. Also, you must note that older computers won't boot from a USB drive that is formatted as NTFS which is what the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool formats it into while you select Erase USB device option. To overcome this, you should make sure that your device is formatted as FAT32 and your computer has enough disk space.

If it complains that it is not a valid ISO file, you need to make sure that your Windows ISO is original and has not been modified in any way. If you are still unable to install Windows from a USB drive, just add a comment.

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Install Windows 10 From USB Drive

This is a complete guide to install Windows 10 from a bootable USB. One of the main advantages of installing a version of Windows operating system from a bootable USB is speed, especially when compared to the traditional way of installing Windows from a DVD.

Even though there are ample amount of free utilities out there to help you create a bootable USB of Windows 10 with a few mouse clicks, it’s possible to prepare the bootable USB without using third-party utilities. All you need to do is execute a bunch of commands in the Command Prompt to make your Windows 10 bootable USB.

The other advantage of the Command Prompt is that it’s error free, meaning you will be able to create the bootable USB without encountering any errors when commands are entered properly.

The method we use for creating a bootable Windows 10 is USB is the same as the method we use for previous versions of Windows operating system. In other words, the procedure is pretty much the same and should not take more than 10 minutes when done correctly.

Here is how you can make bootable USB of Windows 10 from the Command Prompt using the Diskpart command.

Things you will need:

# Windows 10 ISO or Windows 10 DVD

# A USB with 4GB+ size

# A working Windows 7/8/8.1 PC to create the bootable USB

Important: Before you proceed to prepare your Windows 10 bootable media, please check the version of Windows 7/8/8.1 on which you are going to make the bootable USB of Windows. This is because, you can’t prepare the bootable USB of 64-bit of Windows 10 on a PC running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. In simple words, you can’t use 32-bit installation of Windows to prepare the bootable USB of 64-bit Windows.

So, please read the following line carefully:

# It’s not possible to create 64-bit version of Windows 10 bootable USB on a PC running 32-bit version of Windows.

# You need x64 version of Windows 7/8/8.1 to prepare bootable USB of Windows 10 x64.

# You can create x86 version of Windows 10 bootable USB on computer running x86 version of Windows 7/8/8.1

Install Windows 10 from USB drive

Step 1: Connect your USB drive to Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC and move all important data to a safe location as the drive will be erased during the process. We also suggest you un-plug any other external hard drive connected to avoid selecting a wrong drive during the drive selection.

Step 2: Open elevated Command Prompt. To do so, you can type CMD in Start menu or Start screen and then simultaneously press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys. Windows 7 users can also navigate to Start menu, All Programs, Accessories, right-click on Command Prompt and then click Run as administrator option. Click Yes button when you see the UAC prompt to continue.

Note that it’s very important to open Command Prompt as administrator to avoid errors. Be sure to open the elevated prompt. Most users ignore this step and end up errors while preparing the bootable USB. When you’re launching Command Prompt, you’ll see the UAC prompt where you need to click the Yes button.

Step 3: In the elevated Command Prompt, type DISKPART and then hit enter key.

Now, type LIST DISK command and press the Enter key again to see all connected disks. This is the important step is you should note the disk number assigned for your internal hard disk and your connected USB drive.

If you have only one internal HDD or SSD, 1 will be the disk number of your USB drive. As you can see in the above picture, the disk number for my USB drive is 1.

Step 4: Type all the following commands one after another and press enter key after each command.

SELECT DISK 1

(IMP: In the above command, replace”1” with the disk number of your USB drive obtained in the previous step. Entering a wrong disk number will cause data loss. So please double check the disk number before entering the disk number.)

(press enter key)

CLEAN

(press enter key)

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

(press enter key)

SELECT PARTITION 1

(press enter key)

ACTIVE

(press enter key)

FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK

IMP: If your PC supports UEFI, please format the drive with FORMAT FS=FAT32 Quick command.

(press enter key)

ASSIGN

(press enter key)

EXIT

(press enter key)

Since we aren’t finished yet, please don’t close the Command Prompt. Simply minimize it to the taskbar and then follow the instructions in the next step.

Step 5: If you’re on Windows 8/8.1 and have the ISO image of Windows 10, right-click on the ISO image and then click Mount option to mount the ISO file. After mounting, open This PC (Computer) and note the drive letter of it.

And if you’re on Windows 7, use an image mounting software such as Virtual CloneDrive and note the drive letter after mounting the ISO. If you’re not sure how to go with it, please follow our how to mount an ISO file in Windows 7 guide for step-by-step instructions to mount your Windows 10 ISO and get the drive letter.

In this guide, we’re assuming “J” as the drive letter of the virtual drive where you have mounted Windows 10 ISO.

And if you have the DVD of Windows 10, simply insert the DVD into the optical drive and note the drive letter of your optical drive. You can then use this drive letter whenever needed.

Step 6: Maximize the Command Prompt that you had minimized in Step 4 and execute the following commands one after another.

J: CD BOOT

(Hit enter key)

Here “J” is the drive letter of your virtual drive containing Windows 10 ISO or DVD drive containing installation files.

CD BOOT and press enter.

Step 7: Finally, type the following command:

BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 K:

In the above command, replace “K” with the drive letter of your USB drive that you’re making bootable.

Once you see “Bootcode was successfully updated on all targeted volumes” message, simply close the Command Prompt. We are almost done!

Step 8: Finally, copy all the contents of your Windows 10 ISO image to the root of the USB drive. You can either extract ISO file contents or copy files from the mounted drive. The same procedure applies even if you have the DVD of Windows 10. You just need to copy all files to the root of the USB drive.

Step 9: Now that you have your bootable USB of Windows 10, turn on the PC on which you want to install Windows 10, enable booting from USB, set the boot priority to boot from USB, and then restart your PC again to begin installing Windows 10. Follow the very simple on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

If you come across any issues while preparing the bootable USB or installing Windows 10, do let us know by leaving a comment. Before leaving your comment, please double check that you have used an elevated prompt to prepare your bootable USB.

Enjoy the newest version of Windows operating system!

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How To Create a Bootable USB For Windows 7, 8 or 10

If you have lost your Windows installation disc or the manufacturer of your PC didn’t provide the disc (most don’t provide now), then you still do have an alternative. You can just create a bootable Windows USB drive to install Windows 7, 8 or 10 by plugging in that USB drive. It is actually quite easy and free to do, all you need is a USB drive, Windows ISO image and a dedicated software.

However, the process and tools are actually different for the installation of each version of Windows. The source to get the Windows ISO file is different and the tool required to create a bootable USB drive is also different (or at least the process is). So it is important to know which tools you require and how to create a bootable Windows USB drive for your particular Windows version (7,8 or 10).

In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to get Windows 7, 8 and 10 ISO image (Legal and Free) and create a bootable USB drive out of it to install Windows in any PC (if supported).

Create a Bootable Windows 7 USB Drive

Windows 7 is Microsoft’s most used Windows right now, so its quite obvious that many people still want to know how to create a bootable USB drive of it. Although, Windows 7 is the most used Windows version right now, but Microsoft’s focus is still on Windows 8 and 10 as the represent the future of Windows. So Microsoft doesn’t offer any easy to download or bootable USB creation tool for it.

However, it will still let you download the ISO file separately, but only if you already own Windows 7 product key, not for testing purposes. So getting Windows 7 ISO is not a problem if you are already a owner and just want the ISO for future installations. Otherwise, you will have to install Windows 7 using a DVD disc, which you can borrow from your friend if they have one.

There is no official (legal) way except these two to get a Windows 7 ISO image. You can download the Windows 7 ISO from Microsoft’s software download site by providing a valid product key.

Microsoft also offers a separate tool to create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive, which you can download from CodePlex.

Using Windows USB Download Tool

Now, that you have both Windows 7 ISO and Windows USB Download Tool, it is time to create a bootable Windows 7 USb drive. The tool we are using doesn’t offers much customization options or extremely fast processing, but it is very easy to use. Anyone can easily use this tool and create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive. If you are a bit tech savvy and want some more control, we have also reviewed a tool below that offers everything.

Attach the USB drive to your PC and make sure it has at least 4 GB storage space on it. There should also be no important data on the USB as any other data on the USB will be deleted in the process. Now, just launch the Windows USB Download Tool and in the interface, click on “Browse”. Here, select the Windows 7 ISO that you downloaded and click on “Open”.

Now, all you need to do is go to the next page and select the USB drive you attached. After that, just start the process and you will have bootable Windows 7 USB drive when the process ends.

Use Rufus to Create a Bootable Windows 7 USB Drive

Rufus is another great tool for creating a bootable USB, but it is a bit complex, perfect for advanced users who need more control. For using this tool, the requirements are same. You will need a Windows 7 ISO file and a USB drive with at least 4 GB space and no important data on it.

Download Rufus and launch it. Don’t get confused by all the options, they will auto-fill according to the provided files and USB drive. Make sure the USB is attached and click on the “Drive” icon under “Format Options” heading. Now select the Windows 7 ISO file and click on “Open”.

If both USB drive is attached and ISO file is provided, all the options should automatically fill according to the requirement.

No need to touch anything unless you know what you are doing. However, you may like to change “File System” to “FAT32” if your PC as UEFI bios. Now, make sure last three options are checked under the heading “Format Options” and click on “Start”. After that, confirm the prompt and the process will start. It will take few minutes to complete the process, but it will be faster than the above tool.

2. Create a Bootable Windows 8 and Windows 10 USB drive

Windows 8 and Windows 10 are supported by Microsoft, so they offer media creation tool for both of the Windows. This tool can download both the Windows and also create a bootable USB drive in the same process. You will not have to provide any product key and can use these Windows for testing purposes.

The process is exactly same for both Windows 8 and Windows 10, only difference is the media creation tool download link. So we are only going to review the process for downloading and creating a bootable Windows 10 USB drive, you can follow the same steps for Windows 8.

If you already have an ISO image of Windows 10 or 8 from any other source, then just use the tools mentioned for Windows 7 to create a bootable Windows USB drive. Otherwise, just follow the steps below.

Creating Windows 10 bootable USB Drive

Download Windows 10 media creation tool from Microsoft’s official website and launch the program. Now, select the option “Create installation media for another PC” on the first page and click on “Next”.

On the next page, you need to select Language for the Windows, Edition of the Windows and architecture (select 32-bit or 64-bit depending on your PC type) and click on “Next”.

Select “USB flash drive” on this page and click on “Next” again. On the next page, confirm the USB drive you have attached by clicking on “Next” and the process will start. It is a 3 GB file so it will take some time to download and create a bootable Windows 10 USB drive. Once the process finishes, you can just use the USB to install Windows 10.

For Windows 8, you can download the media creation tool from Microsoft’s website and follow the steps above to create a bootable Windows 8 USB drive.

SEE ALSO: 9 Windows 10 Settings You Should Tweak

If you have any questions or would like to add any further information, let us know in the comments below.

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Creating Bootable Windows XP, 7, 8 & 10 USB Flash Drive Installers – Techgage

For a long time, Microsoft didn’t sell Windows install media in the form of bootable USB flash drives. Instead, it prefered to stick to old-school DVD media, despite the fact that many notebooks today are too small to even include an optical drive, and many DIYers are building PCs which forego one on purpose.

However, things have moved on, and for the first time, Microsoft has begun to sell Windows 10 on pre-configured USB drives. Previous versions of the OS (XP, 7 and 8.1), all require the user to create their own bootable USB drive.

Creating a bootable Windows USB drive used to be a chore, but today, one solution can pretty-well suit most people. However, there are times when a flash drive has some quirk that prevents it from working with a particular solution, so for that reason, this article takes a look at five different methods.

Guide Index:

Benefits of USB Install Media

Even if the target desktop or notebook has an optical drive, there are a couple of reasons to consider first creating a USB-based installer. Admittedly, the time and effort of creating the drive might make it best-suited for system builders, but for people like us, who juggle test machines, USB is a no-brainer.

To start, USB media is more durable than disc-based media. Discs can be easily scratched, while well-built USB flash drives can generally handle a bit of abuse. Then, there’s the convenience. Ever walk around with a disc in your pocket? It looks a bit odd.

For us, performance and reliability are the key reasons why we’ve opted to use USB-based installers in lieu of discs. Even if a DVD has been burned at the highest commercial speeds, it won’t be able to compete with flash memory which offers far improved IOPS performance (operations per second) – it’s the same reason why SSDs are much faster for booting an OS and loading applications than a mechanical hard drive; the seek times are minuscule in comparison.

While it’s beyond the scope of this article, those who truly want a fast install experience can slipstream USB 3.0 support into the install media, which on current chipsets and an SSD target can allow you to install Windows 7 or 8 in under 4 minutes flat.

USB Installer Tools & Successes

Over the course of this article, we’re going to be looking at five different solutions that accomplish the exact same thing: Creating a USB-based Windows installer; if one doesn’t work, the next one should (at least, that’s the hope). To give an overview of what to expect from each solution, refer to this success table:

Windows 10Windows 8Windows 7Windows XP
RufusYes*YesYesYes
UNetbootinYesYesYesNo
diskpartYesYesYesNo
Microsoft USB ToolYesYesYesNo
Media Creation ToolYesNoNoNo

Given the fact that Windows XP has reached end-of-life status, we’re including a mention of it here because we’re sure someone down the road will be able to make use of this information. There are a couple of things to bear in mind where that OS is concerned, though.

For starters, modern UEFI-equipped machines are not designed to support such an aged OS, so chances are good that it will not even install. If the motherboard in question happens to support a legacy BIOS mode, then you should be fine; otherwise, it’s not happening. Also, we could not successfully create the USB installer with the latest version of Rufus, but rather had to backtrack to 1.2.0. We suspect that this is due to changes in the codebase to support UEFI. It’s something to bear in mind, especially as Rufus was the only solution of the five that worked for XP.

What about Windows Vista? Like Windows 7 and 8, Vista too can be installed from USB media with these same methods, but due to that fact that most have moved on from it in favor of 7, 8.1 and 10, it’s not a big focus.

We mentioned Rufus above, and that’s the tool we’re going to lead in here with, as we consider it to be the simplest to use, and the most effective. We discussed the same tool in an article from summer 2012 called ‘Creating a Bootable DOS Flash Drive the Easy Way‘, as it allows for simple creation of bootable MS-DOS flash drives, as the title suggests.

After the look at Rufus, we’ll continue on to UNetbootin, Microsoft’s diskpart (a tool built into Windows), and then a quick mention of another official Microsoft tool, but one the company no longer promotes. But first…

Acquiring a Disc Image (ISO)

Four of the five solutions listed on this page require a Windows disc image (.iso) to be present. The exception is ‘diskpart’, as the disc’s files will need to be transferred over manually (it doesn’t matter if they come from a mounted ISO or a drive in an actual DVD-ROM).

ISOs are available from a number of sources, but most people will acquire them after purchasing the OS online through Microsoft, or through some other related Microsoft service. If you don’t have an ISO, or a disc for that matter, you’ll need to acquire one from a friend or elsewhere on the Web.

There are multiple editions of any given Windows version, but we’re going to list the exact ISOs we used along with their MD5 checksums in case they prove useful. MD5 Checksums

  • Windows XP Pro (Service Pack 3): F424A52153E6E5ED4C0D44235CF545D5
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (Service Pack 1): 56A26636EC667799F5A7F42F142C772D
  • Windows 8 Pro: 0E8F2199FAE18FE510C23426E68F675A
  • Windows 8.1 (MSDN; multi-version): CDADC5A76634651770A365F457702803

Windows 10 install media can be downloaded directly from Microsoft using the Media Creation tool, which also allows you to create the bootable USB drive at the same time. This process is covered later in the article, which you can read about here.

For those who have a Windows setup DVD, a free tool like CDBurnerXP or ImgBurn can be used to rip it into an .iso file. Other tools exist that accomplish the same thing, but these are the only ones we can personally recommend. For mounting an ISO image, we’d recommend Virtual CloneDrive, as it’s free, and not the “free but a total nag” kind of free.

NOTE: Some anti-virus applications might interfere with the USB creation process due to the autorun properties involved, so if issues are experienced, we’d recommend temporarily disabling the anti-virus until the process is complete.

Using Rufus

Both Rufus and UNetbootin are simple tools for this task, and outside of Rufus’ Windows XP support, both work just the same. However, we prefer Rufus because we find it loads a lot quicker, and feels a bit faster, too.

First, choose the appropriate drive under the “Device” menu, and make sure that the file system is NTFS (not FAT32). The other options shouldn’t matter too much, although if you’re planning to install Windows 8 as an official EFI OS, you may wish to peruse the options under the “Partition scheme and target system type” menu.

To load the Windows .iso file, the small CD icon to the absolute right of “Create a bootable disk using:” option can be clicked. After perusing the file manager for the ISO image and accepting it, the “Start” button can be clicked to have the tool work its magic. NOTE: As the program will state, doing this will erase all data off of the flash drive – so backup first.

If you have any issues, be sure to check out our Common Problems section below.

Using UNetbootin

UNetbootin is a well-known tool as it’s become a de facto choice for turning a bootable Linux live CD into a bootable Linux live flash drive – for that purpose, it still excels. Little do most people realize, it can handle Windows ISOs as well (but as the table at the top of this page shows, it doesn’t support creating a bootable Windows XP drive).

Like with Rufus, the appropriate drive should be selected from the “Drive:” menu at the bottom, and then the “…” button to the right of the largest text field can be clicked to search for and accept the required ISO. At this point, the “OK” can be clicked, and the process will get underway.

Unlike Rufus, UNetbootin doesn’t erase the flash drive first, so data remains intact – however, if you’re repeatedly writing new ISOs to the drive using the tool, it’s recommended you format after each one, so as to not leave unused scrap files around the drive. NOTE: We’d still recommend backing up personal data before writing an ISO to it just in case.

Using Microsoft diskpart

For those who don’t have an ISO, but rather a DVD, diskpart is the solution for you. It does require some command-line usage, but as you’ll see, it’s not too complicated. NOTE: This method will delete the entire flash drive, so be sure to back up personal data first.

To make proper use of diskpart, you’ll need to open a command prompt with administrator rights (head to “Start”, type in ‘cmd’, right-click it, and choose ‘Open as Administrator’). Once the prompt is opened, type in ‘diskpart’ to load the tool, and then ‘list disk’ to figure out which # relates to your flash drive.

External storage should appear at the end of the list, and in our case, it did (we’re using a 32GB flash drive, which appears here as 29GB). Once the appropriate drive is figured-out, it can be chosen using the ‘select disk #’ command. Once selected, it needs to be wiped clean, have a partition created, and then be formatted. The entire command process is summed-up in this block:

list disk – shows avaialble disks, look carefully for the one that looks like your flash driveselect disk # – change # to the disk (flash drive) you wish to useclean – removes existing partionscreate partition primaryselect partition 1activeformat fs=ntfs quickassignexit

For those who might want to see this in action, we provide this screenshot:

Note that “quick” can be removed off of the format command to run a full format, but that might take minutes to tens of minutes depending on the drive (as it’s more thorough).

At this point, the Windows setup DVD can be inserted into the drive, or the ISO mounted, and its files copied over to the root folder of the flash drive. After the process is done, opening up the flash drive in the file manager should mirror the contents of the Windows DVD/ISO.

Using Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool

After the Windows 7 launch, Microsoft released its own USB creator tool that supported its official ISOs. While the company no longer promotes the tool, it supports both 7 and 8 just fine, so some might prefer to use it over the other solutions.

Once downloaded and opened, an ISO must be chosen. After that, the “USB Device” option needs to be clicked (this same tool can also burn straight to a DVD).

At the last screen, the appropriate flash dive needs to be selected from the menu, and after hitting “Begin copying”, the entire process will be complete after just a couple of minutes.

Truthfully, Microsoft’s tool here might be the easiest of them all to use, but because the company isn’t promoting it in any way, shape, or form (note that it’s called the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool, and not Windows 7 & 8 USB/DVD tool), we feel that it’s right to quicker recommend the other (often updated) solutions first.

Using Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

Optical is so last century! Our boot media of choice has switched to much faster flash drives, namely with USB 3.0 and 3.1. If you plan to install Windows 10 on a new system, use it to recover an existing system, or upgrade a previous install of Windows 7 or 8, creating a bootable flash drive is the first step.

The process with Windows 10 is not much different from Windows 7 and 8/8.1. It’s incredibly simple and straight forward, as there are very few steps involved.

The whole process for creating a Windows 10 bootable USB drive can be done by using the Media Creation Tool; most systems these days will use the 64-bit version, so grab that.

Once you’ve downloaded the tool, run it and you’ll be presented with the media creation process. The gallery below outlines each step of the process for the basic method. There are a few things you might need to check first. Depending on where you plan to install Windows 10, you need to check which version you require, Home or Pro. Note: The contents of the USB flash drive will be erased, so make sure you back it up first.

Most systems will likely use the Home edition; only get Pro if you know you have a key for it or if you are upgrading Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate or Windows 8/8.1 Pro. The N version of each OS type is for the EU compliant version, but truth be told, there isn’t anything different about it at this time. You can pick 64-bit as well, or both 32/64-bit if you are unsure or plan on using the bootable flash drive on different systems.

The Media Creation Tool can can be used to just download the ISO image of Windows 10, which can then be used with something like Rufus to create the bootable USB drive. This offers the advantage of being able to keep a backup of the ISO image, as well as create multiple boot drives without having to download the image each time. If you run into problems with the Media Creation Tool when it comes to creating the bootable flash drive, you can use the following method.

Instead of selecting USB Flash Drive in the Media Creation Tool, just select ISO File instead, choose a location to save the file, and after it’s downloaded, follow the steps outlined in the Rufus guide above. In general, we found this method more reliable than using the Media Creation Tool to create the Windows 10 bootable flash drive.

Windows XP Notes

If you are attempting to use Windows XP on a USB drive, there are a couple of things to bear in mind. First off, we strongly recommend using Rufus (32-bit version) to setup XP on a USB flash drive over the other methods, as its success rate is much better. If installing with Rufus doesn’t work the first time, change the partition mode to MBR for BIOS only. Making XP boot over USB is a little tricky as well, because it’s much more sensitive to the age of the hardware.

As far as we know, the 32-bit ISO image of XP is the only compatible version that can be put on a bootable flash drive (success for XP 64-bit was limited). One of the key points though is that you can’t use a USB 3.0 port when installing, even with EHCI mode enabled. We also found that a lot of modern hardware refuses to detect the drive.

If you are using an old system, then you should be able to boot Windows XP from a USB flash drive. Just be sure that your particular motherboard supports booting from USB in the first place (it’s normally off by default in older system). Check the BIOS boot section and see if USB drives are supported.

Common Problems

No Bootable Device Detected

This can be caused by a number of things. The most common is that your system is not setup to detect or boot from USB devices. You will need to go into your BIOS/EFI and check whether your USB drive is detected at all. If it is, make sure that it’s available from the boot menu. If it isn’t, then some security option may be enabled that prevents booting from USB devices.

As each BIOS/EFI is different, we can not help with specific options, but check various security and boot menus to make sure that USB support is enabled. If everything appears correct, but still can’t be detected, try enabling USB legacy support, or a different USB port, such as a USB 2.0 port instead of USB 3.0.

It’s also possible that the install media, or ISO image you have, does not have the boot information available. Try a different ISO image if at all possible.

Windows Installer Starts But Can’t Detect Install Media

If the installer starts and lets you pick installation options, but an error occurs that either says it can’t detect the DVD or it requests you to insert media with additional drivers, then you need to use a USB 2.0 port.

Windows XP, Vista and 7, do not have native support for USB 3.0 ports. Attempting to install with your flash drive plugged into a USB 3.0 port will result in the above error. Unplug your USB Flash Drive and insert it into a USB 2.0 port, then begin the process again. You may still use a USB 3.0 Flash drive, but not plugged into a USB 3.0 port.

If no USB 2.0 ports are available (such as with more modern systems), then you will either need to go into the BIOS/EFI and enable forced legacy mode or enable EHCI on the USB ports, or you will need to ‘slipstream’ the USB 3.0 drivers into your Windows Install Image.

Windows 10 ‘Something Happened’

Generic and oh-so-helpful error. If you are using the Media Creation Tool to create the bootable USB flash drive, and it’s failing on the last step, try the alternative (and recommended) method of using the tool to download the ISO image and then use Rufus to create the boot media. If the Media Creation Tool is failing to download the ISO, then this is likely a network issue with either your local machine or Microsoft’s server. Try using a wired/Ethernet connection instead of wireless, or just wait a while and try again later. Failing that, try to download from a different machine if possible.

If you have any questions about any of the steps, please leave a comment below and we’ll help you as best we can.

Update: This article was updated August 2015 by Jamie Fletcher, to include Windows 10. Originally published December 2013.

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