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.

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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.

UEFI bootable USB of Windows 10

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.

Windows 10 UEFI bootable USB step2

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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.

Create UEFI bootable USB of Windows 10 Step1

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.

UEFI bootable USB Windows 10 step5

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.

UEFI bootable USB Windows 10 step6

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.

UEFI bootable USB Windows 10 step7

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UEFI bootable USB Windows 10 step9

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.

UEFI bootable USB Windows 10 step11

UEFI bootable USB Windows 10 step12

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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Comments

  1. LongtimeGeek says

    You may wish to update this guide since it refers to a very old version of Rufus and doesn’t explain all the options correctly if you are using a very large flash drive (mine was 128Gb) that cannot be formatted with plain old FAT32. In Rufus v2.9, please note that you will want to select the ISO file first, as doing that resets all earlier choices. Danged if that didn’t catch me twice.

  2. Mirate says

    If win 8.1 are being troubled by the uefi partition. Create your bookable usb using rufus. You will need a win10 iso and set rufus to partition to gpt for uefi computers. Only thing that worked on a series 5 samsung that I was ready to give up on.

  3. MIKE O'REILLY says

    LISTEN GUYS HAD LOTS OF TROUBLE WITH THIS SO HERE IS THE SIMPLE ANSWER GO TO MS DOWNLOAD PAGE FOR W10 ISO FILE AND DOWNLD THE MEDIA CREATION TOOL HERES THE THING WHEN YOU ACCEPT THE DOWN LOAD YOUMUST SAVE IT TO THE USB DRIVE NEXT CLOSE ALL YOUR WINDOWS AND OPEN THE DRIVE TO ENSURE IT IS IN THERE IF SO CLICK ON IT AND THIS WILL TAKE YOU BACK TO THE PAGE WHERE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE ISO FILE WHICH WILL THEN LOAD STRAIGHT INTO USB THE ISO AND MED CREATE FILES MUST BE TOGETHER IN USB DEVICE TO MAKE THE FILE BOOTABLE YOU CAN DO THIS AS OFTEN AS YOU LIKE FOR YOUR FRIENDS TO KEEP

  4. TracyWindows says

    I followed the instructions EXACTLY and my laptop won’t recognize the USB as a boot device? However, my old Windows 8.1 UEFI USB is recognized and boots just fine?

    I’ve done this over 3 times already and same failed result?

    I got my ISO from Microsoft.

  5. Jesse says

    Thank you for this tutorial! After many attempts with various methods, I was finally able to install a clean version of Windows 10! One thing to note if anyone is trying to install on a Surface Pro 3, make sure to select ‘GPT partition scheme for UEFI’ for step 4 in Method 1.

  6. Thomas McGranahan says

    Having a good USB is great and relatively easy, BUT how do you get WIN 10 to recognize the USB port as bootable. I have tried everything and can get neither the DVD or USB moved up to first choice on booting. I can’t tolerate a computer that I cannot upgrade or fix.

  7. Brad says

    This tutorial should be updated to reflect Rufus v2.2.668 (May 2015) as most people would be using it since it’s the latest stable version you get from the Rufus page (https://rufus.akeo.ie). The options too choose and screen shots are different with v2.2 and may confuse some people on what to choose.

  8. Harald Scheve says

    Thanks for the help, but what I need to know is: How to get into BIOS setting in WINDOWS 10?
    It is different to WINDOWS 8.1. After upgrading from W8.1 to 10 I would like to do a clean install via USB stick.
    Can you help?
    Thanks again
    H

  9. Sam Winchester says

    I get the option to choose Standard Installation for the ISO, or Windows To Go.. Which one should I choose for dual-booting Windows 10 with 8.1?

  10. Thomas Andersson says

    Step 5 confuses me
    “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.”
    Why can’t we use NTFS for UEFI? (I’m doing a UEFI install on a machine already running Win 8.1 in full UEFI mode).

  11. Paige says

    How about a way to do it with diskpart or parted since both of the ways you’ve described are unconventional

  12. Riche says

    ^Dan. USB has always been universal to me, I can’t begin to fathom the problem you have.
    I used YUMI from pendrivelinux to make a Win10 bootable memory stick.

  13. Dan 911 says

    MicroSD interfaces are more reliable. With USB I only once got a boot thumb drive to work, and for Windows XP. All tools I tried on three PCs and four different brands simply busted my sticks or messed their partitions useless, all the way to Win 8.1. I understand the way USB leaves to the manufacturer to implement a firmware solution for device access makes it impossible to have a “universal bus”.

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