Now the support for Windows 7 is ultimately out of the question, and if you own a legal version of windows, then there is a high chance that you will get a free upgrade to Windows 10. If for some reason, you missed the free update or couldn’t do it, then there is another way out by following the old school method i.e., Bootable USB for Windows 10.



 Back then, there was a USB/DVD tool powered by Microsoft for creating the bootable USB drive, but that old method is no longer viable now. The new approach is by using Rufus tool; apart from that, there is another method without using any third-party software. In the below article, you will understand an easy method (Rufus tool) and a hard method (by CMD ).

Easy method (bootable USB for windows 10 by Rufus)

Basic Requirements:

1) Download the Rufus tool and install it in the system.

2) A USB drive of minimum 4 GB storage for the 32-bit version and 16 GB storage for the 64-bit version.

3) Windows 10 ISO file


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Steps to Prepare Bootable USB for Windows 10

1) After installation opens the Rufus tool and insert the USB drive in your system.

2) Now select the USB drive by clicking the dropdown arrow below Device.

3) Next, go to Boot Selection and select “Disk or ISO image (Please select),” which will prompt you to choose the file from the directory.

4) Keep Image Option to Standard Windows installation, partition scheme to GPT, and Target system to UEFI.

5) Keep the rest of the options to the default selection.

6) Now click on start to begin the process. This will format the USB drive (so backup USB drive before beginning the process).

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Hard Method ( by Command Prompt/ CMD )

The hard way seems hard for the first time only later it will become your best companion. The best part is that you don’t have to install any third-party software. CMD will do every task needed for creating a bootable USB drive.

Basic Requirements:

1) Windows 10 ISO file

2) A USB drive of minimum 4 GB storage for the 32-bit version and 16 GB storage for the 64-bit version.

3) Backup USB drive before doing anything.

4) Archiving tools like 7-Zip or WinRAR (either one is fine for the job);


Steps to create bootable USB for windows 10

1) Make sure the USB drive is plugged in.

2) Open a command prompt as an administrator. This can be accessed by

  • Press ( + R) key on the keyboard, type cmd then hit enter.
  • Go to start menu, search cmd, and hit enter.

3) In the CMD panel type disk part and hit enter. A prompt screen will open and ask your permission to open the diskpart.exe panel.

4) In the diskpart.exe panel type list disk and hit enter to reveal the external drives (i.e., HDD, SSD, USB, etc.) attached along with their storage space.

5) Now you have to select the USB drive. To do that type, select drive X where X is the number of the USB drive.

6) Further, you need to clean the USB. To do that, type clean and hit enter to clean the USB drive.

7) The create a new partition, to do that type clean partition primary and hit enter.

8) Use select partition 1 to select the newly created partition.

9) After type active and hit enter to make this partition active.

10) Next, you’ll need to format the USB drive – just type in format fs=ntfs and hit enter.

11) Type the assign command to assign a drive letter to the USB drive. Afterward, it will show up as a drive under My Computer.

12) Now extract the ISO file and copy the contents into the USB drive. If you have a CD drive, then copy the data in the USB drive.

That’s it you have manually created a bootable USB drive.

Now, what next?

The next step is to install the windows 10 by using this bootable USB drive, but you will be wondering how to do that. Well, this can be done by altering the boot order preference in the BIOS menu. If you are lucky, then the boot order preference for USB drive might be selected first in your system, and installation will start automatically.

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