Would you like to learn how to create a bootable Windows USB Stick? In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to use a Windows ISO image to create a bootable flash drive on a computer running Microsoft Windows.

In our example, we are going to create a bootable USB stick containing the Windows 10 installer.

This installation also works to create a bootable USB stick containing the Windows 7 installer.

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Tutorial - Bootable Windows USB Stick

Before we start, you need to have a Windows installation media image .ISO

In our example, we used the Windows 10 ISO installation media.

Insert a USB Stick on the computer and format as FAT32 or NTFS.

In our example, we used a 30GB USB stick.

Open a browser, access the official website and download the RUFUS software.

Open the Rufus software, select the following options:

• Device: The USB driver unity.

• Partition Scheme: MBR Partition Scheme for BIOS or UEFI.

• Filesystem: FAT32


Select the image button and locate the Windows ISO image.

In our example, we selected the file: SW_DVD5_WIN_ENT_10_1607.1_64BIT_English_MLF_X21-27030.iso

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Click on the Start button and wait for the process to finish

The system will start to create a bootable USB stick using the Windows 10 image.

This process can take a while.

After the process is finished, you should remove the USB stick.

Now, you could try to boot another computer using your band new bootable Windows USB Stick.

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