Here’s a look at using the utility called Rufus khổng lồ create a bootable USB flash drive for Windows 10 which is actually much faster than Microsoft’s tool.

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Usually, when we cover creating bootable USB drives for Windows, we recommkết thúc the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (time khổng lồ update that name Microsoft). Still, I’ve had some problems creating one & started looking for a different option.

So this time around, I thought I would try the miễn phí utility called Rufus. Here’s a look at using it, và in the over, I had a faster experience using it than the older Microsoft tool.

Update: To get the ISO for the official release of Windows 10, head khổng lồ this Microsoft page and tải về the 64 or 32-bit version of the truyền thông creation tool. It will allow you to upgrade your Windows 7 SP. 1 or Windows 8.1 PC or download the ISO lớn use later for a clean install. Also, make sure to lớn check out our piece on creating a Windows 11 bootable flash drive sầu.

For more on that, please read our article: How To Download Windows 10 ISO for a Clean Install.

Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive

First, make sure you tải về the Windows 10 Technical PĐánh Giá by joining the Windows Insider Program, as explained in this article. Also, make sure you’re using a USB drive sầu at least 4 GB for the 32-bit version and 8 GB for the 64-bit version.

One of the first cool things about Rufus is that no installation is necessary, which means you can stiông xã it on a network location or another external drive sầu lớn run it. When you run it, setting it up is simple. Select the USB drive sầu you want khổng lồ use, select your partition scheme – it’s worth noting that Rufus also supports a bootable UEFI drive.

Then select the disc icon next lớn the ISO drop-down & navigate lớn the location of your official Windows 10 ISO.


In my experience, using the older USB 2.0 port và drive, it took less than five minutes to create the drive sầu. If you use a USB 3.0 or 3.1 device, I would love khổng lồ know how fast that works.

Anyway, after it’s created, you can go ahead và install the Windows 10 Technical PĐánh Giá on a spare computer.

Let us know what you think of this tool over Microsoft’s Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool; for me, I will continue khổng lồ use Rufus – at least until Microsoft updates or recreates a new utility – if it does at all.

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And yes, of course, you can use this to lớn create other versions of Windows or Linux distros from an ISO if you wish.

Hi Brian, it took under 2 minutes when I tried Rufus for Windows 8, using USB 3.0, works great, as seen on video:

Glad you confirmed Rufus still works nicely with Windows 10, and it sure is good khổng lồ find sometoàn thân making chất lượng freeware!

Rufus works great for folks that use VMware ESXi as well, where the bootable USB truyền thông becomes your install target too: