How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive from ISO

In this tutorial, you will check out steps on how to create Windows 10 bootable USB drive from ISO image using Command prompt and if you’re reading this, that means you’re looking for something related.

How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive from ISO
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Creating an installation media of Windows 10 is very simple. You just need to download the ISO images of operating system and burn it to CD or DVD. Now we’re using USB flash drive and process for creating bootable USB drives is little different. You can’t just copy paste files from ISO image directly into your USB drive. You also need to make sure that the USB drive data partition is bootable for one thing. This process normally wipes your USB drive.

Windows 10 is available for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users as a free available on USB drives. In case you don’t have Windows 10 USB drive, this tutorial will provide you step by step instruction involved in creating your own bootable USB drive of Windows 10.

Things you will require:

  • Windows 10 ISO Image. If you don’t have ISO
  • Archiving tools like Winrar and 7-zip
  • USB Flash Drive – the minimum size is 8GB for 64-bit version and 4GB for a 32-bit version. You can expect good results if you use USB 3.0. It will take very less time in installing Windows on your machine in comparison of 2.0 USB drives.

Keep in Mind: If you’re running licensed copy of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Try to upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update for first time to activate free copy of Windows 10. If you performed clean install of Windows 10 without upgrading, the key which you will enter during the setup will not activate your free copy of Windows 10.

There are lots of ways using which you can create bootable USB drive of Windows 10. The official method includes dedicated tool named as Media Creation Tool that helps you to download all the required files from Microsoft server and create installation media for Windows 10. You can check our article on how to download Windows 10 and create bootable USB flash drive or DVD. You can follow this method if you don’t have ISO images of Windows 10 on your PC.

In case, you have Windows 10 ESD file and want to convert it to ISO image. You can read How to Create Windows 10 ISO from ESD Files

If you own ISO image of Windows 10 on your computer, you have two option. The method which I personally prefer include few commands which you need to execute on Command Prompt. This method helps you to gain complete control over the process, and you will definitely gain something new. While, the other method include the use of third-party tools that deal with the content of the ISO and create the USB drive automatically by making few clicks.

You may love to check some of the best third party tools to create Windows 10 bootable USB. You can also check out how to use third party tool, to create bootable Windows 10 USB drive.

Here is how to do to that:

Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive from ISO using Command Prompt

1. Connect your USB drive to computer or laptop. Create backup of your data because the process will erase all the data.

Note: Unplug any external hard disk if its connected to your computer

2. Launch Command Prompt as Administrator. For that, you can search for command prompt in taskbar search box. Alternatively, launch WMIX menu by making right-click on Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin)

When UAC screen pop-up, click Yes to continue.

Note: You must launch the Command Prompt as administrator to get rid of errors.

3. In command prompt type DISKPART and hit enter. It will open the disk partitioning software.

4. After that type, LIST DISK and hit enter. It will get you list of all the storage devices connected to your computer or laptop

From the list, you need to find out the one which you’re using. You can easily find by checking the file size. In my case its Disk 2

5. Now you need to select the USB drive. For that, you need to use Select Disk X command and hit enter. For example, in my case, disk number of my USB drive is 2. So command will be Select Disk 2. In your case, it can be Select Disk 1.

How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive from ISO

6. After that, you need to execute the following command back to back:

CLEAN
(press enter key)

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
(press enter key)

SELECT PARTITION 1
(press enter key)

ACTIVE
(press enter key)

FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
If you computer or laptop support UEFI, format your USB drive using FORMAT FS=FAT32

(press enter key)

ASSIGN
(press enter key)

EXIT
(press enter key)

At this point, the command prompt part is done. Now you need to extract all the files of Windows 10 ISO image.

7. Now you need to extract all the files of Windows 10 ISO image. For that head over to the folder where you placed the ISO image. Extract all the files using any archiving tool into USB drive. It will take 5-10 minutes.

How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive from ISO

In case, your archiving tool won’t provide you option to directly extract files into the USB drive. You can extract the files separately and then copy and paste into USB drive.

Once all the files of Windows 10 ISO image transferred or copied to USB drive, your bootable Windows 10 USB drive is created.

How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive from ISO

That’s it!

Try out this easy to follow tutorial on how to create Windows 10 bootable USB drive from ISO using Command prompt. Let us know in the comment if you face any issue.

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