Creating Windows 10 installer USB flash drive

 

You can install Windows 10 on a USB flash drive which is 8 GB or greater size. If you don't have a free USB flash drive you can also burn a DVD, but it must be at dual layer one e.g. DVD-R DL or DVD+R DL which are 8,5 GB.

 

Step 1

Insert your USB flash drive into any USB port.

 

Open a following page in any web browser: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

 

Click Download Now button and run the downloaded program.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 2

Click Accept button on licence terms page.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 3

Choose Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file) for another PC and click Next button.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 4

Uncheck Use the recommended options for this PC checkbox and choose your language and architecture 64-bit (x64), then click Next button.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 5

Choose USB flash drive to create a bootable USB flash drive or choose ISO file if you want to burn installation DVD, then click Next button.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 6

If you inserted your USB flash drive and it's not visible on the list follow the steps below. It might happen if you previously used the same USB flash drive for macOS installer. Otherwise your can skip to step 15.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 7

Press Windows+R keys (or Option+R keys on Mac keyboard) and type cmd in the field, then press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER key combination to launch Command Prompt with Administrators privileges.

 

 

Step 8

Type diskpart in command prompt and confirm with ENTER.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 9

Type list disk and press ENTER to list available disks in your system.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick 

 

 

Step 10

Check which one of the selected drives is your USB flash drive and type select disk X and press ENTER to confirm (where X is the number of your USB flash drive, in this example it's 3).

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 11

Type clean and press ENTER to remove all existing partitions on your USB flash drive.

 

WARNING: Make sure you've selected your USB flash drive properly otherwise all data will be lost on a selected drive !

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 12

Type create partition primary and press ENTER.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 13

Type format fs=NTFS quick and confirm with ENTER to format your USB flash drive.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 14

Type assign letter=W (or any other free drive letter you wish) and press ENTER to confirm.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 15

Click Refresh drive list and your USB flash drive will be now visible on the list. Select it and press Next button.

 
Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 16

Setup will now download Windows 10 installer directly from Microsoft's servers. It might take a while on slower Internet connections.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 17

Then it will proceed to create USB installation flash drive. It might take a while on a USB flash drives with slow write speeds.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick

 

 

Step 18

Finally click Finish button. Your USB flash drive is now ready to use. You can now reboot and proceed with our Windows 10 installation guide.

Creating Windows 10 installer USB stick