Your PC doesn’t have a DVD drive reader?

Have you created a USB flash drive to install Windows but it just doesn’t boot during start-up?

As we know an increasing number of Windows computers and laptops are sold without optical drives, making it a bit extra inconvenient to reinstall Windows from a disc.

Sure, you can always invest in an exterior DVD drive and connect it via USB, however a greater and extra future-proof technique is to create your very personal Windows USB Installer.

Let’s see the best ways to create a bootable USB drive for your Windows installation (UEFI & MBR ready).

Final Information to Create a Home windows USB Installer

1. Create Windows USB Installer Using Media Creation Software

If you already have an ISO file – or prefer to use an ISO in order to create a Windows USB Installer – and want to save some time then please move to the next method in this tutorial.

In this method we are going to use the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB drive to install Windows 10 on the fly.

You can download the tool from this page (you have to open it in a Windows PC or tablet):

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

After downloading the file MediaCreationTool.exe launch it, at first you will see a loading icon.

Then you will have to accept the license terms by clicking “Accept“.

Choose “Create installation media for another PC“. Click “Next“.

You can leave the recommended options but if you don’t want to you are free to choose between:

  • Language (English by default)
  • Edition (Windows 10, Windows 10 N, Windows 10 single language)
  • Architecture (64-bit or 32-bit)

Click “Next” to move on to the next step.

Choose “USB flash drive” and click “Next“.

If you want to download the ISO right here you can choose “ISO file” and click “Next“. You will be asked where do you want to save the ISO file once finished downloading.

Select your USB flash drive from the list (check the letter in computer) and click “Next“.

Wait until Windows 10 is downloaded and copied to the flash drive… This should take some time depending on the speed of your internet.

Here is the result I got from using this method. A completely functioning USB flash drive.

2. Create Home windows USB Installer with an ISO & Rufus

How to Get Free Windows 10 ISO (Legally)

We’re going to obtain the ISO information from the official Microsoft website, some of you tried this before and it just doesn’t give you the blue links to download the ISO…

The trick we are going to use is change our USER-AGENT to something that is not “Windows“, let’s say Android…

Install this Chrome Extension

In order to tell the Microsoft website that we need the ISO instead of the program we are going to use a chrome extension called “User Agent Switcher for Chrome“.

After installing this extensions on your browser this icon will show up on your Chrome browser: 

Download the Windows 10 ISO (64-bit & 32-bit)

Now open this page on a new tab, we are going to change the User-Agent in a bit:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO

Click on the icon of the extension “User Agent Switcher” and choose “Android” > “Android KitKat“.

After you have changed the User-Agent you will be able to choose which Windows 10 edition to download (Windows 10, Windows 10 N, Windows 10 Single Language) and the language of the Windows.

Click “Confirm” two times and the download links for ISO files will show up.

Then click “64-bit Download” or “32-bit Download“, 64-bit is recommended if your CPU supports it (at least i3).

How to Download and Use Rufus to Create Windows 10 USB Drive

Rufus is a portable tool that allows you to create a working USB drive, I say “working” because lot of programs don’t work or doesn’t create a USB drive that is bootable in the first try. I managed to create mine at the first try… Just follow theses instructions:

  1. Download Rufus from the official website: https://rufus.akeo.ie/
  2. Open Rufus.exe
  3. Plug-in your USB and select in in “Device” list.
  4. Choose the partition scheme as “GPT” for UEFI (replaced the old BIOS boot).
  5. Choose “ISO Image” in “Create a bootable disk using” and click on the drive icon to select the Windows 10′ ISO file from your hard drive.
  6. To start copying files click on “Start”, make sure you save your data before you do this step since your USB flash drive will be formatted.

Wait for a couple of minutes and you should be good to go!

Remember that if you buy Windows on-line or go for a free trial, you typically have the choice of downloading the working system or buying the actual DVD (or USB stick) and having it shipped to you from the mail. The method we explained allows you to get the ISO yourself and burn it to a any USB drive with the proper storage space.

If you have already got a DVD of Windows, you can create an ISO yourself if you don’t want to use internet to download the latest version as described in this tutorial. There are numerous free and paid instruments that may do this job, however one we like the very best is ImgBurn.

To create a Home windows USB Installer, you’ll want a correct USB drive. Storage capacity is the first concern; relying on the model of Windows you’re working with, you’ll possible want a drive with at the very least 4GB of free area.

When you’re buying a brand new USB drive, it’s troublesome today to search out one smaller than 8GB so you need to be well-suited by nearly any product.

When you’re utilizing an outdated drive you have already got, simply be certain that it nonetheless works and is at the very least 4GB in storage. The drive we’re creating will simply maintain a generic Windows Installer, so reliability isn’t an enormous concern. So long as you save your ISO file, you possibly can all the time repeat these steps if the drive fails down the street.

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment down below.

Cheers!

Soufiane – WindowsCollege.com