How to Create a USB to Install Windows 10

Nowadays nobody would think to install Windows 10 from a DVD. The Microsoft operating system is designed to record to a USB memory and install it from it, making the process much faster and more comfortable.

If we are thinking of installing Windows 10 on any computer, the first thing we should do is download the latest version of the operating system. Microsoft provides us with several ways to download the latest Windows 10 ISO for free so that we can easily install the operating system however we want.

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Once we have the image on our PC, we can use it as we need. For example, we can use this ISO image directly to install the operating system on a virtual machine, or create an installation medium to install it on a normal computer.

Next, we are going to see several different ways to create a Windows installation USB depending on whether we have another PC at hand with the Microsoft operating system or not.

Use Microsoft’s media creation tool

If we have another Windows 10 computer installed at our fingertips, we can use it to create an installation USB easily. And the best way to do it is to go directly to the media creation tool itself to do it.

This tool, developed by Microsoft, allows us to directly download the latest version of Windows 10 to our computer and create the installation USB in a few steps. It also allows us to save the ISO directly to the PC and even burn a DVD if you want to use an optical medium.

This tool can be downloaded completely free of charge from the following link , by clicking on “Download the tool now”. When executing the tool, and after accepting the license terms, it will ask us what we want to do.

Crear USB para instalar Windows 10 - Elegir qué hacer

We choose the option “Create installation media”, and continue with the program. We will choose the edition of Windows that we want to copy to our PC, we will also choose that we want to create the USB to install Windows 10 (not the DVD option) and finally we will select the USB memory (that we will have connected to the PC) where we will copy the operating system.

We continue with the assistant and ready. The wizard itself will start creating our own Windows 10 installation USB. This process will take a few minutes, depending on our Internet speed (since the ISO of Microsoft servers will be lowered) and the speed of the USB memory.

When the process ends, we will have a USB ready to install Windows 10 on any computer. We can only connect it to the computer we want, choose it as the boot medium and start installing the operating system.

Use tools to burn an ISO to a USB

If we do not like Microsoft’s media creation tool, or it is giving us problems (something that is quite frequent), then we must resort to other alternatives to create USB drives, such as Rufus.

Rufus is a free program designed to easily prepare installation USBs to install almost any operating system. This program also has a function that allows us to directly download the ISO of the operating system, saving us from having to download it ourselves.

We can download the latest version of Rufus from the following link . We can install the program on the PC, or download the portable version.

Rufus - Crear USB W10

The program is very easy to use. What we must do is select the USB memory that we are going to use (we must have it connected to the PC), choose the download option and fill in the Windows 10 options of the version that we are going to download and wait for it to download. If we already have the ISO on our PC we can load it directly without having to download it again.

Rufus - Descargar ISO W10

We can choose the type of installation we want. Also if we want a UEFI or MBR drive and memory properties like file system and drive name.

Rufus - Preparar USB para instalar Windows 10

With everything ready, click on the “Start” button and the program will start creating the installation USB. The process will take a few minutes and when it is finished, we will have the USB memory ready to use it to install Windows 10 on any PC.

Create Windows 10 USB without using Windows

What if we have a new computer, without an operating system, and we cannot access another PC with Windows? If this is the case, what we must do is resort to a Linux distro from which we can create the USB installation of the operating system.

To do this, the first thing we must do is download the distro we want. We recommend you download Ubuntu, which we can do for free from the following link , or use another Ubuntu-based distro, such as Linux Mint . We do not have to worry, since the whole process can be done in Live Mode, that is, without installing this system on our PC, executing everything from RAM.

Once we have downloaded this distro, the next step will be to create our Linux Live-USB to create a bootable memory of the operating system, and boot the PC from it.

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Once we are already on the desktop of the Linux distro that we have chosen, the next step will be to install the program that will allow us to create the USB installation of Windows 10. We have chosen WoeUSB.

To do this, the first thing we will have to do is install a series of proprietary packages and dependencies by executing the following command:

sudo apt install software-properties-common

And, once installed, we will execute the following commands that will allow us to add the repository, update it and install WoeUSB.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: nilarimogard / webupd8

sudo apt update && sudo apt install woeusb

When the installation of the program finishes, we will have it ready to use it. Of course, before continuing with the process we must make sure of two things:

  • We have the Windows 10 ISO downloaded (in another USB, for example) and ready to use it.
  • We have connected the USB where we are going to create the Windows 10 installation medium, and we have disassembled it so that the program can use it. To unmount it, simply click on the “Eject” or “Unmount” button that appears to the right of it when opening the file explorer.

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With these two clear concepts, we can now search for your installer in the list of programs. We can also open it directly from the application launcher with the following command:

woeusbgui & disown

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We will select the Windows 10 ISO in the “Source” section, the USB memory that we want to prepare in the “Target” section, and that’s it. The program will take care of preparing the USB memory and leaving it ready to install Windows 10 on any PC.

In this way, we will have been able to create our own Windows 10 installation USB without depending on Windows at all.