Many times, you need to require a bootable windows 10 USB drive to install a fresh OS or repair an existing operating system. Either installing a fresh version of Windows 10 or repairing an old installation you need to create a bootable USB Drive. However, it is different from creating a recovery drive because, in a recovery drive, you can reset your PC to its default state as it comes from the manufacturer.
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There are several methods to creating Windows 10/11 Bootable Flash Drive. you can use the automatic tool like Rufus or Microsoft media creation tool or use the command-line utility to create a bootable flash drive.
Method 1: Using Media Creation Tool
Media Creation Tool is designed and developed by Microsoft to create a bootable flash drive for upgrading your PC or installing a fresh version of Windows 10/11. You need a minimum of 8GB USB drive to create a bootable USB drive.
Method 2: Using RUFUS to create a bootable USB drive
RUFUS is a well-known small utility to create a bootable pen drive using the ISO file. If you have already Windows10 ISO files and you want to make a bootable pen drive using it, you can freely use the RUFUS utility.
- Device: Select your USB Drive.
- Boot Selection: Click on the Select button and browse your ISO file.
- Image Optimization: Let it default.
- Partition Scheme: Select your Partition Scheme as GPT or MBR according to your CPU architecture.
- Leave the other option as default settings.
Method 3: Using Command Line Utility
If you don’t want to use any utility and want to make bootable media like a pro, you can use Windows Command Prompt to create a bootable pen drive. However, it is risky to create a bootable pen drive using the command line, because selecting the wrong partition may delete all your hard drive data. So, it is advisable to be alert when selecting a partition.
SELECT DISK 1. If you are seeing your USB Drive as Disk 0 or Disk 2, select Disk no. carefully.
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
D:and press Enter. It will let you in D drive.
- Now type
cd Windows10and you will be in the Windows directory.
- Next type
cd bootto enter the boot directory.
Now, execute the following command to copy boot sector files from your windows directory to a USB drive. Here, you must change your USB drive letter. In my case, F is my USB Drive.
BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 F:
In this article, there are 3 ways to create a bootable pen drive. You can use Media Creation Tool, Rufus, and Command-Line tool to create bootable Windows7/Windows8/Windows10 and Windows11 media.