Microsoft provides an easy-to-use Media Creation Tool to create Windows 10 installation media on a USB Flash Drive, DVD or ISO file. You may need to create Windows 10 installation media if you need to:
- Re-install Windows 10 or perform a clean install of Windows 10 on a compatible computer
- Install or upgrade Windows 10 on a computer with a slow Internet connection
- Install or upgrade Windows 10 on multiple licensed Windows computers without the need to re-download the Windows 10 installation files for each installation
We’re going to go through the process of creating Windows 10 installation media on a USB Flash Drive; however, the process is similar when creating installation media on DVD or as an ISO file using the Media Creation Tool.
To create a Windows 10 USB Installer using the Media Creation Tool:
- Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
- Under “Create Windows 10 Installation Media,” click “Download tool now” to download the Media Creation Tool
- Save the “MediaCreationTool.exe” executable file to your Windows desktop
- Locate the “MediaCreationTool.exe” executable file on your Windows desktop and double-click on it to run the executable file
- A Windows 10 Setup window will appear. Review the “Applicable notices and license terms” then click “Accept” (Note: You must accept the license terms to proceed.)
- When prompted with the “What do you want to do?” screen, select “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file) for another PC” then click “Next”
- In the “Select language, architecture, and edition” screen, review the options listed, make any applicable changes then click “Next.” You’ll probably use the recommended settings; however, adjust the options according to your specific hardware requirements.
- In the “Choose which media to use” screen, select “USB flash drive.” You will need a USB Flash Drive with at least 8GB of storage available. Keep in mind the flash drive will be formatted (All data will be lost!) so make sure it does not contain anything you want to keep.
- Connect the USB flash drive to a USB port on your computer then click “Next.”
- In the “Select a USB flash drive” screen, select the appropriate drive letter for the USB Flash Drive that you connected in the previous step then click “Next.” If your USB Flash Drive does not appear under “Removable drives,” click “Refresh drive list”
- The Media Creation Tool will download the latest version of Windows 10*, verify the download and then create the Windows 10 installation media on the USB Flash Drive. This process may take some time to complete depending on your computer and Internet connection speed.
- The Media Creation Tool will prompt you once the installation media has been created. Click “Finish” to complete the creation of the installation media and close the Media Creation Tool.
- Once the Windows 10 USB Installer has been created, test the USB Flash Drive to make sure it works properly. If you experience problems with your Windows 10 USB Installer, repeat the above steps to re-create your installation media and/or try using a different USB Flash Drive.
*At the time of this post, the current version of Windows 10 is the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709).