Guide to Create UEFI Bootable Windows 10 USB

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Windows 10 is the latest version of Windows currently available for users. Microsoft has improved its new OS a lot by fixing the shortcomings of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Furthermore, the best thing about Windows 10 is that it is available as free upgrade for people who already own a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1.

For such people, all they have to do is to download and install the Windows 10 without paying anything. Amazing, isn’t it?

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UEFI bootable Windows 10 USB

Windows 10 brought a lot of new features and apps with it like the virtual assistant Cortana and the introduction of new browser called Edge. However, not all users may be convinced to upgrade to Windows 10 during the first few weeks and would like to wait for the feedback of users before trying out Windows 10.

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Those readers who won’t be upgrading immediately to Windows 10, they need to create a bootable media to install Windows 10 later on. Since Windows 10 supports UEFI BIOS, they also need UEFI bootable Windows 10 USB or DVD to install it. Here, we are going to show different ways of how to create UEFI bootable Windows 10 USB.

Please note that before you start following this guide, make sure you have a USB device with at least 3GB of free space available. If there’s issue with formatting drive, check out tutorial to fix disk is write-protected error.

Steps to Create UEFI Bootable Windows 10 USB

There are two methods to achieve this target. We have discussed both in details below:

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Method # 01: Use Microsoft Media Creation Tool

The first way to create a bootable Windows 10 USB is through the official Microsoft Media Creation Tool. Remember, you have to download the Windows 10 ISO using this tool.

  1. Go to Download Windows 10 page.
  2. Click on the blue button named Download tool now.
  3. After download it, install it and open it.
  4. When the tool starts, you will be presented with the following three options.
    • Language – select the desired language.
    • Edition – select Windows 10 edition you want to download/install.
    • Architecture – whether you want to download 32-bit version or 64-bit version.
  5. After you have select the correct options, click on Next button.
  6. On the next screen, you will have two options. Now this step is very important.
    • USB flash drive – select this option to make UEFI bootable Windows 10 USB.
    • ISO file – select this option if you just want to download the Windows 10 ISO and save it for later use.
  7. For this guide, select USB flash drive option and click on Next button.
  8. It will first download Windows 10 and then make the bootable USB flash drive that will be ready to use. Click Finish to complete the process.

Method # 02: Use Rufus software

If you just want to download the Windows 10 ISO and create bootable USB later on, you can also do that by using Rufus.

  1. Follow Step 1 till Step 5 from Option # 01.
  2. On Step 6, select the option ISO file and select the location where you want to download Windows 10 ISO.
  3. Go to Rufus website and download the latest version.
  4. Once download, install it and open it.
  5. You will see the following options on Rufus.
    • Device – select the USB device that you want to make bootable.
    • Partition scheme and target type – if you have a standard hard disk, select MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI. If you have SSD, select GPT partition scheme for UEFI. You can also check the scheme from disk management on your Windows.
    • File system – select FAT32 (Default).
    • Format Options – leave them as it is except for one option. Here click on the disk icon to select the Windows 10 ISO that you downloaded in Step 2.
    • Click on Start to start preparing your Windows 10 bootable USB.

Its up to you whichever method you opt for to create UEFI bootable Windows 10 USB to fresh install it on your desktop or laptop PC.

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