Windows Media Creation Tool: How to Use it to Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB?

What is the Windows Media Creation Tool?

It is a software tool that is used to:

  • Upgrade your PC to Windows 10, if you have Windows 7 or 8.1.
  • Reinstall Windows 10 and get the latest version, if you already have Windows 10 installed but something is not working.
  • Create a bootable USB, which can be used to install Windows 10 somewhere else.
  • Download .ISO file of Windows 10, which can then be burnt onto a DVD.

What are the requirements to create a bootable Windows 10 USB using the Windows Media Creation Tool?

You will need:

  • Internet Connection
  • A USB of at least 8 GB.

Note: Any existing data in the USB will be overwritten after making it an installer USB.

How to Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB using the Windows Media Creation Tool?

  1. Install Media Creation Tool, from the link below:
  2. Accept the Microsoft terms by clicking “Accept” button.
  3. Click on the “Create Installation Media (USB Flash Drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC” option.
  4. Click “Next” button.
  5. Select the suitable Language, Windows 10 edition, and System architecture.Note: If you want to use the bootable USB with different architecture (i-e 32 bit and 64 bit), then select “Both” from architecture drop down menu.
  6. Click “Next”.
  7. Select “USB Flash Drive” option.
  8. Select the desired USB drive from the list. If you don’t see your desired drive in the list, then refresh the list.
  9. Click “Next” button.
  10. Click “Finish” button.

After completion of steps, required files will be downloaded and a bootable Windows 10 USB with UEFI and BIOS support will be created.

Alternate Methods of Creating a Bootable Windows 10 USB

  1. Using a third-party software called “Rufus”:
  • For this you need Windows .iso file, which can be downloaded using the Media Creation Tool.
  • Download “Rufus”, using the following link;

  • Now run the downloaded .exe file.
  • Insert the USB drive.
  • Select “Yes”.
  • Fill in all the fields.
    • Select your USB from the “Device” dropdown.
    • Use “SELECT” option to locate .iso file in your PC.
    • Chose “Standard Windows installation” from Image option dropdown.
    • Choose “UEFI (non-CSM) from Target system dropdown. (for UEFI support).
    • Choose “GPT” from partition scheme dropdown.
  • Click Start.
  • Your bootable USB will be created with UEFI support.


Is a product key needed for creating a bootable Windows 10 USB? 

No, product key is not needed while creating a bootable Windows 10 USB. But it is needed when this USB will be used on any other system to install or upgrade Windows 10.

Why do we need to create a Bootable Windows 10 USB?

USBs are convenient to be used than CDs in many ways;

  • They are easier to use
  • Larger Capacity.
  • Faster Speed.
  • Compatibility with almost all the systems.

How to use a bootable Windows 10 USB?

There are three methods to use the bootable USB;

  1. Boot while you have already started up.
    Goto “Advanced Start-up” and select restart now.After your device restarts. Click on “Use a device”option, then from the next screen choose the bootable USB.
  2. Boot while you turn on the PC. 
  • Connect the bootable USB to the USB port.
  • Turn on the PC.
  • Press the key for showing boot menu (ex: F11).

  • Choose your USB from boot menu.
  1. To Boot from Surface
  • Turn off the Surface
  • Connect the bootable USB to the USB port.
  • Press and hold DownVolume button.
  • Now press and release PowerButton.
  • As Surface logo appears on the screen, release the DownVolume button.
  • Surface will boot from the USB now.

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