You can install Windows 10 from a USB device like a pendrive.
The question is how you can make your pendrive bootable for Windows 10. Assuming you are not a techie, I describe the process below.
Windows USB/DVD Tool
You can use the Windows USB/DVD Tool which is free. The steps are:
Step 1: You need a pendrive with at least 8 GB storage space.
Step 2: Visit the official Windows 10 download page.
Step 3: Click on Download Tool Now
Step 4: Run the MediaCreationToolxxxx.exe file to start the tool.
Step 5: In the setup menu, click on Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC.
Step 6: When you are asked to select a media, select USB flash drive, click on the “Next” button and then on the “Finish” button and wait for the installation to complete.
Even though this method seems hassle-free on the surface, many face problems downloading the installation tool and running it. Due to a lack of support (Microsoft’s community support is not very useful), they turn to commercial software.
iSeePassword WizIso method
The list of commercial tools at your disposal is huge but if I am to pick one, I’d pick iSeePassword WizIso. The reason I prefer it over other tools are:
- It has a superior ISO editor. It doesn’t just copy Windows 10 ISO file to your pendrive rather allows you to write the ISO image to the USB device. The editor can burn, extract, create, edit and copy a disc. It burns ISO to the pendrive quite fast.
- Modification of an ISO file is difficult because the data is already compressed. But WizIso allows you to edit the file.
- Last but not the least, WizIso supports a wide range of hardware devices, storage devices and file formats.
Steps to use WizIso to make your pendrive bootable for Windows 10 are as follows:
Step 1: Visit iSeePassword website and download WizIso to your PC.
Step 2: Run installation to open the interface.
Step 3: Click on “Burn.”
Step 4: Click on “Browse” and add Windows 10 local ISO file
Step 5: Select “Create A Bootable USB.”
Step 6: Select file type from the “System File” dropdown menu.
Step 7: Finally, click on “Burn” and wait for ISO data to fully burn into your pendrive.
This method takes around 15 minutes. Highly recommended for anyone interested to install Windows 10.
RMPrepUSB is a great tool to make your pendrive bootable. It has many robust features. The only downside is that it’s a bit slow (except the pendrive memory checking takes only 50 seconds). As for the features, its bootloader option allows users to select their desired bootloaders from a pack of bootloaders.
You can make your pendrive bootable for Windows 10 by following the steps below:
Step 1: Download RMPrepSub from its official website on your PC.
Step 2: Click on the program to open it and connect the pendrive to your PC.
Step 3: Wait for the program to scan your pendrive.
Step 4: Once the program opens, select WinPEv2/WinPEv3/Vista/Win 7 bootable from the bootloader options.
Step 5: Select FAT32 from File systems.
Step 6: Start the burning process and wait for your pendrive to become bootable.
The burning process takes around 20 minutes to finish.
Rufus has a high demand in the market but its slow copying time has put many people off. Copying the ISO file to the pendrive can take more than half an hour. Rufus compensates the slow copying time by adding new features. Features like automatic ISO detection are quite helpful.
Here are the steps to make your pendrive bootable for Windows 10 using Rufus.
Step 1: Download the latest version of Rufus from the official page.
Step 2: Open the .exe file to launch the program.
Step 3: Once the program opens, choose USB flash drive 8 GB from the “Device” dropdown menu.
Step 4: Upload the Windows 10 ISO file from your PC.
Step 5: Select GPT from “Partition scheme” dropdown and UEFI (non CSM) from “Target system” dropdown.
Step 6: Leave the rest of the settings as default and start the burning process.
Because Rufus is slow, so the burning process can take around 21 minutes.