How to Create a Windows 10 Installation USB Flash Drive or DVD Media
You can create your own Windows 10 installation disc or a USB Flash drive that can be used to reinstall Windows 10 on a computer. Note that this method works only for Windows 10 Home and Pro versions. Enterprise editions are not compatible with the tool being used here.
Any clean Windows installation needs Product Key to complete the installation. If you current system is not Windows 10, then there will be Windows activation problem when you key in the product key of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Therefore I suggest you to first upgrade your computer to Windows 10 and then create the installation disc, that way your Windows 7 or 8.1 product key gets associated with Windows 10 for activation at Microsoft servers. If you haven’t upgraded yet, you can do so in STEP 2 of this tutorial in which you need to choose Upgrade this PC now and proceed with on-screen instructions.
Things You Need
- Before you proceed it is better to have the type of storage media you are going to use. If it is a USB flash drive, make sure it is larger than 3GB in size. I recommend to use a dedicated USB flash drive with no data in it. If you are planning to use a DVD to burn the ISO, then you can use a standard 4.7GB or larger blank DVD. Since it is a installation media it is important to use a high-quality DVD that is write proof and have long shelf life. If you don’t have DVD right away, you can still go ahead download and save the Windows.iso on your computer and later burn the image to DVD.
- The next thing you need is the free Microsoft’s media creation tool which actually downloads and creates Windows 10 Installation media. Depending on your current PC’s Windows version, download the one you need on to desktop.
Windows 10 Installation Media Creation Step-by-Step Process
1) Run the MediaCreationTool that you downloaded.
2) Select the option Create installation media for another PC and click Next.
3) Choose Language, Windows Edition, and Architecture that you are eligible incase you have upgraded your current PC from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. If you are not sure which Edition you can are eligible for free upgrade, go to our article and find it out. Click Next.
4) Choose the media type. For my use I have choose DVD, so this tool would now save an ISO file which I can burn to DVD later. Alternatively you can select USB flash drive and proceed with on-screen instructions. Click Next.
5) Now the tool will download Windows 10 from Microsoft servers.
6) After download is complete, you can right away click on Open DVD burner and burn the ISO file to DVD.