127 - How to Make Bootable Media

The Media Creation Tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 8 or 10 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD. To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO file and then run the Media Creation Tool. Once this is done, you can install Windows 7 8 or 10 directly from the USB flash drive or DVD.

The ISO file contains all the Windows installation files combined into a single uncompressed file. When you download the ISO file, you need to copy it to some medium in order to install Windows. This tool allows you to create a copy of the ISO file to a USB flash drive or a DVD. To install Windows from your USB flash drive or DVD, all you need to do is insert the USB flash drive into your USB port or insert your DVD into your DVD drive and run Setup.exe from the root folder on the drive.

Note: You cannot install Windows from the ISO file until you copy it to a USB flash drive or DVD with the Windows 7 8 10 USB/DVD Download tool and install from there.

How to create a USB bootable media using Media Creation Tool

You can use the Microsoft Media Creation Tool to quickly create a USB media that will boot on a device using UEFI.

01 • Download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft.

02 • Double-click the MediaCreationTool.exe file to launch the tool.

03 • Click Accept.

04 • Select the Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC option.
05 • The language, architecture, and edition will be selected automatically based on your computer configuration, but you can clear the Use the recommended options for this PC option to select the appropriate settings if you're trying to use the media on another device.

06 • Click Next.

07 • Select the USB flash drive option.

08 • Click Next.
09 • Select the removable drive from the list.

10 • Click Next.

After completing the steps, the Media Creation Tool will download the files to install Windows 10, and it'll proceed to create the bootable media, which should work on devices using legacy BIOS as well as on those newer machines using UEFI.

Your USB flash drive is ready

Note: Make sure you have the product key when you're ready to install.

How to create a USB bootable media using Rufus

Alternatively, if the bootable media created using the Media Creator Tool isn't working on your computer. Or you've already downloaded the Windows 10 ISO file from another source, such as from MSDN, you can use the Rufus tool, which allows you to create a USB bootable with support for UEFI.

01 • Download Rufus from the official site.
02 • Double-click the Rufus-x.xx.exe file to launch the tool.
03 • Under "Devices," select the USB drive with at least 4GB of space.
04 • Under "Partition scheme and target system type," select the GPT partition scheme for UEFI option from the drop-down menu.
05 • Under "File system" and "Cluster size," leave the default settings.
06 • On "New volume label," type a descriptive label for the drive.
07 • Under "Format Options," check the Create a bootable disk using "ISO image" option.

08 • Click the drive icon.
09 • Select the Windows 10 image.
10 • Click Open.
11 • Click the Start button.
12 • Click OK to confirm that the USB drive will the erased.

Once you've completed the steps, Rufus will proceed to create the USB bootable media with support for UEFI systems.

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