If your computer is running Windows 10, it is recommended that you have a Windows boot disk in case you want to reinstall Windows on your computer.
If you don’t have a Windows 10 disc, you can create one using the methods outlined below.
Before creating a Windows 10 boot disk, make sure you have:
- A computer connected to the Internet via USB port or DVD writer.
- USB drive with a capacity of at least 8 GB, empty or ready to be removed completely; or blank DVD-R disc.
- License valid for Windows 10; or a digital license key or Microsoft 10 license account associated with the computer.
Method 1- Using the Media Creation Tool
Media Creation Tool is a program provided by Microsoft that downloads all the necessary files and burns them to a DVD or USB drive. Follow these instructions to download and use the media creation tool.
- Open a web browser and go to the Microsoft Windows 10 download page. In the Create Windows 10 Installation Media section, click Download Tool Now.
- Run the installer. Click Yes when prompted by UAC. The installer will prepare everything and then display the notices and license terms. Read the terms and click Accept to continue.
- On the What do you want to do? Select “Create installation media for another computer” and click “Next”.
- In the Select language, architecture and release section, do not change anything if you are creating the installer for this computer. Make sure the Use recommended settings for this computer check box is selected. (If you’re creating a drive for another computer, clear this check box and make your changes now.) Click Next to continue.
- In the Select Media to Use screen, you can select USB or DVD as the destination. In this example, we will create a USB stick. Select the USB drive and click Next.
- You will be prompted to select a USB drive. If no flash drive is installed, plug it in now, wait a few seconds, and click Refresh Disk List.
- Then select the USB drive and click Next.
Windows 10 downloads the installer and saves it to the USB drive. You can still use your computer while running in the background.
- When all is done, you will see that the USB drive is ready. Click Finish. The installer will delete your temporary files and extract them automatically.
- You can now remove the USB drive from your computer. See Starting from the installation CD below for usage information.
Method 2: Download the ISO and create a bootable USB stick
You can also download the Windows ISO image file to your computer and then use another program to manually create the boot disk.
If you are using Windows, you will need to use the Media Builder to download the ISO file. If you use a different operating system, such as macOS or Linux, Microsoft offers instant downloads.
Windows: Download the ISO file using the Media Creation Tool.
macOS, Linux: Instant ISO download.
Windows: Download the ISO using Media Builder.
If you are using Windows, follow the instructions below to download Windows 10 ISO from Media Builder. (Steps 1 through 4 are identical to Method 1.)
- Open a web browser and go to the Microsoft Windows 10 download page. Now click on the download tool.
- Run the installation program. In response to a UAC request, click Yes. Read the license terms and click Accept.
- Select “Create installation media for another computer” and click “Next”.
- When creating this computer installation program, do not change the language, architecture, or version settings. Click next.
- Select the media you want to use, select the ISO file, and click Next.
- Select a location on your computer, such as B. Download folder to download the ISO file. Make sure you have enough space to download the file (large – 3 to 5 gigabytes, depending on the version).
- After the download is complete, you can burn the DVD to ISO using the Media Creation Wizard. It also displays the full path and ISO file name on the computer.
Optional: To check the file location, click the file name to open the downloaded folder.
Optional: If you are ready to burn an ISO DVD now, click Open DVD DVD to open the Windows Disc Image Burner. Insert a blank DVD-R into the DVD drive and follow the instructions.