Although there are many methods to create a Windows boot disk USB , or Linux, or multiple operating systems at once , one of the simplest and fastest is to do using Rufus.
How to use Rufus to create a Windows 10 USB boot disk
Rufus is a free and open source utility used to create USB boot disks from ISO files, like any version of Windows or Linux, and recently also allows us to download the image of Windows 8 or Windows 10 to make the process even simpler.
Create a Windows 10 USB boot disk with Rufus
- A USB port on your computer
- A pendrive of at least 8 GB
- Windows 7 or any later version
- Download Rufus 3.5
Step by step:
1. Connect your pendrive to the computer and make sure to backup any important file in it before continuing, since this process will erase all the data it contains.
2. Run the file rufus-3.5.exe that we downloaded (no installation needed since it is a portable utility)
3. In the Rufus window, select your unit in the list of devices:
4. If you have already downloaded your Windows 10 ISO file, then click on SELECT and navigate to the location where it is saved using Windows Explorer.
5. If you want to download the Windows 10 ISO using Rufus, click on the down arrow next to the select button to change to DOWNLOAD:
6. Click on the DOWNLOAD button and wait a few seconds for a new window to appear to select operating system:
7. Select Windows 10 in this case and click Continue .
8. Then you must select the “issue” or version of Windows 10. We recommend selecting the most recent (you can see the release dates next to the version) to avoid having to update Windows later. Then click on “Continue”.
9. Select the Windows 10 edition, either “Home / Pro” or “Education”. Remember that this will depend on the type of license you have. If you have doubts, always select “Home / Pro” which are the ones that individual users use.
10. Click on “Continue” to choose the language and then the architecture. Choose x64 unless you have a computer that is too old.
11. Finally, select ” Download ” and a folder to save your ISO using the file browser.
12. Wait for the download process to finish and finally select the “Partition scheme” as “MBR”. The “Target System” as “UEFI BIOS” and the “File System” as in FAT32 and click on “START”.
13. When the green bar in the window reaches the end, the process is finished and you can use your pendrive to install Windows 10 on that or another computer.