If you need to perform a clean install or troubleshoot a Windows 10 device, you can follow this guide and create your own Windows 10 bootable installation USB flash drive.

For this guide we will use Microsoft's Media Creation Tool and we need a blank USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of space. We recommend using a blank USB flash drive, because any content on it will be deleted.

  1. Insert the USB flash drive into your device. Make sure it's a blank USB flash drive and it has at least 8 GB of space.

  2. Next, we will need to download Microsoft's Media Creation Tool. To download this tool, click on the below link and then click on the "Download tool now" button.

    (The above link will open a new web page from where you can download Media Creation Tool)


  3. Double-click on the file named “MediaCreationTool1803.exe” to start the installation of Media Creation Tool. In most cases, downloaded files are saved to the Downloads folder.


    You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
  4. Click on the "Accept" button to accept the license terms.

  5. Select "Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC", and then click on Next.


  6. By default the the Media Creation Tool will use for your Windows 10 bootable USB drive the same language, edition, and architecture as the current PC.


    If you want to modify the system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) or the language of your Windows 10, uncheck the "Use the recommended options for this PC" then chose the preferred settings from the drop-down menus.


  7. On the next page, choose "USB flash drive" as the destination media, then click on "Next". Please note that you need a blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space and any content on the flash drive will be deleted.

  8. You will now be prompted to select your USB flash drive from a list. Click on the drive letter, then click on the "Next" button.


  9. Microsoft's Media Creation Tool will now download Windows 10 and create your bootable USB flash drive. This process can take a few minutes.



  10. When the bootable USB flash drive is created, you will see a new screen with the "Your USB flash drive is ready" message. Click on the "Finish" button to complete this process.

That's it, you now have a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive.

Before you install Windows 10, it’s a good idea to save any work and back up your PC before you start.

  1. Insert the USB flash drive in the PC where you want to install or repair Windows 10.
  2. Restart your PC, and then press any key to boot from the USB flash drive or the DVD.
    If you restart your PC and your current version of Windows starts, you might have to open a boot menu or change the boot order in your PC's BIOS or UEFI settings so that your PC boots from the media. To open a boot menu or change the boot order, you'll typically need to press a combination of keys (such as F2, F12, Delete, or Esc) immediately after you turn on your PC. For instructions on changing the boot order for your PC, check the documentation that came with your PC or go to the manufacturer's website.
    If changing the boot menu or order doesn't work, try again by signing in to Windows, shutting down, and then starting your PC.
  3. On the Install Windows page, select your language, time, and keyboard preferences, and then select Next.
  4. Select Install Windows or Repair.
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