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Create Windows 10 installation media using Rufus or Media Creation Tool

Create Windows 10 installation media

Sometimes you may need Windows 10 installation media to perform various tasks such as perform Windows 10 clean installation or access advanced startup options to troubleshoot when Windows 10 fails to start normally. Here in this post, we go through steps to create a windows 10 bootable USB /DVD using the media creation tool or third-party utility Rufus.

Create Windows 10 installation media

Note: Using Rufus that works for any Windows 10 Build, including Insider Preview builds and Media Creation Tool (MCT), only allows you to create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive for the Official general release of Windows 10 Build.

Also, make sure you have a stable internet connection to download Windows 10 files from the Microsoft server. And you need USB with 8 GB free space (backup your USB data, if there any as while creating bootable USB this will format and clean the driver before place installation files)

Create Bootable USB using Rufus

The simplest way to create a bootable USB drive is with Rufus. Especially this works for any of the Windows 10 Builds, officially released for everyone or even for Insider Preview Builds.

Using the official Media Creation Tool

Also, you can use the official media creation tool to download and create Windows 10 installation media. But the downside is it works only for the official Windows 10 general release build.

  • Download the media creation tool from Microsoft’s official site here.
  • Right-click and Run the media creation tool setup.exe as administrator.
  • Click the Accept button to agree to the Microsoft terms.
  • Select the Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC option and click the Next button.

  • Next, select the correct language, architecture, and edition of Windows 10 if the default selection doesn’t reflect the desired options.

Note: Under “Architecture,” you can select Both option to create a bootable media that will work for devices using 64-bit and 32-bit processors. If you’re unable to change these settings, make sure to clear the Use the recommended options for this PC option.

And you can use the drive for Windows 10 clean installation purposes.

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