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How can I create a Windows 10 USB boot device?

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If you’re a Windows 10 user, then you should definitely have a Windows 10 USB drive in your toolbox.

The latest versions of Microsoft Windows offer many more repair options than previous iterations. Sometimes however, access to them is difficult or they simply fail to run – booting a computer with a USB boot device can take you straight into the Windows recovery environment, where a whole bag of tools is right under your fingertips.

A Windows 10 USB boot drive can be used to update Windows or even reload the system if you decide to securely wipe the hard drive.

Making one is very easy and all you need is an 8GB USB stick. Ready?

Windows Media Creation Toolkit

Microsoft have a handy Windows Media Creation Toolkit which will do all the heavy lifting for you.

Visit the site and scroll down to Create Windows 10 installation media. Click Download tool now and run it.

Accept the license agreement. If you have the mental stamina, please feel free to read the license terms.

Select Create Installation Media and then click Next.

The software should detect which version of Windows is currently running on the machine. If any of these options are wrong, you can untick Use the recommended options for this PC to make your own choices.

When you’re happy, click Next.

The software gives the choice to create a USB flash drive or create an ISO file. Insert your USB drive, select the first option and click Next.

Finally, the software will detect the USB flash drive and begin the creation. This process can take a few minutes depending on the speed of the broadband connection. When the process is complete, put the USB drive somewhere safe.


Hopefully you won’t need to use this drive in an emergency, but as sure as night follows day, a computer will go wrong. Having one of these in your top drawer will really help when the machine isn’t playing nicely.

It’s worth keeping in mind that as new updates of Windows 10 are launched, you may need to repeat the process to re-create the Windows 10 USB drive with the latest version of the operating system.

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Lee Grant

I can normally be found attacking things with screwdrivers in my small computer repair business or writing a column for PC Pro magazine.

I am also trying to solve a mystery involving David Bowie.

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