You should go ahead and Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive for your computer, in case you haven’t made one yet. This will come in handy if you want to perform a clean install, take Windows OS to a new machine or if something goes wrong with your current Windows 10 install.
How to Create Bootable USB For Windows 10
Microsoft makes it really easy to create a bootable Windows 10 USB drive through its Media Creation Tool, which you can download from its website. (Link is provided below)
All that you need to do is download the Media Creation Tool from the website and let Windows create a bootable Windows 10 USB drive for your use.
Windows Media Creation Tool is available in 32 and 64 bit versions. Hence, the first step is to find out which version of the tool is required for your Computer.
1. Just right click on the Windows 10 Start button (See image below)
2. Click on System to see the information about the type of operating system installed on your computer.
3. On the next screen you will clearly see the version of Windows 10 installed on your computer (32 or 64 bit).
Next you need to make sure that you have a USB flash drive that is totally empty so that it does not conflict with anything. The USB drive needs to be a minimum of 4 GB capacity for 32 bit version and 8 GB capacity for 64 bit version download.
Steps to Create Bootable Windows 10 USB Drive
Now that you have everything ready, follow the steps below to make a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive.
1. Download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to your computer using this link.
As mentioned above, Windows Media Creation tool is available in 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions. Download the one that is relevant to your computer.
2. When prompted, select Run (or choose to Save the tool if you don’t want to run it now)
3. Run the Windows Media Creation Tool. You will see a screen asking you “What do you want to do”
- Upgrade this PC
- Create installation media for another PC.
Choose Create installation media for another PC, since you want to create a bootable USB drive.
4. On the next screen you will need to set the following:
- Language: Choose US English or whatever applicable in your case
- Edition: Choose Windows 10 Home Edition or whichever version is applicable in your case
- Architecture: Choose 32 or 64 bit as applicable.
5. The next screen will ask you to choose the media to use.
- USB Flash Drive
- ISO File
Since you are trying to create a bootable USB flash drive you will be choosing USB Flash Drive option in this step. The second option (ISO file) allows you to create an ISO file that you can download to your computer and use it to burn a Windows 10 bootable DVD later on.
Before clicking Next, insert the USB flash drive into the computer and make sure that your computer has recognized the USB flash drive.
6. Patiently wait for the program to be installed to the USB drive.
Once Windows 10 Media Creation Tool has finished doing its job, you will have a Windows 10 bootable USB flash drive ready for your use.
Note: If you see a message that says “Install Windows” instead of installation progress for your PC, you’ll need to disconnect the USB and then restart your PC again.