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[2019 Tips] Three Methods to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive

Updated on Apr 12, 2019 by Abby Haines to Backup and Recovery

Summary:
This article provides three methods on how to create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive. No matter you are using Windows 10 on your computer or not, you can install Windows 10 from a USB drive. Follow these tried and true methods below, and run Windows 10 from your USB now.

Before you install Windows 10 from a flash USB drive, you must figure out what kind of situation you belong to. There two kinds of situation. One is that you are using Windows 10 and want to create a bootable USB drive. The other one is that you haven't got Windows 10 and will install Windows 10.

After you have figure out the situation, you can follow the methods below to create a Windows 10 bootable USB drive respectively.

PAGE CONTENT:
Part 1. You Are not a Windows 10 User and Want to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB
Using Windows Media Creation Tool By Microsoft
Part 2. The Operating System is Windows 10
Method 1. Create a Windows 10 Portable USB
Method 2. Back up Windows 10 to the USB and Restore it

Part 1. You Are not a Windows 10 User and Want to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB

Here, we advise you go to the official Website to download and install the Windows 10 from the USB. Then, here comes the useful method:

Using Windows Media Creation Tool By Microsoft

Notice:
For Windows 10 32-bit editions, you will need a USB with the maximum 4GB free space. For Windows 10 64-bit editions, you will need a USB with the maximum 8GB free space. It is recommended that you use a blank USB as any content on the USB will be deleted in order to create bootable Windows 10.

Step 1. Download Windows 10 media creation tool for 32-bit machines | 64-bit machines.

download the Windows 10

Step 2. Once downloaded, Double-click on the downloaded file then Accept the terms. Select the "Create installation media for another PC" and click "Next".

create bootable usb from official website

Step 3. Select the relevant language and Windows 10 version from the selection field. There's also an option to select 32-bit or 64-bit variant of Windows. Select your desired choices and Click "Next".

Step 4. Select the USB flash drive and click "Next".

The process of downloading and creating will take some time. When it completes, click the "Finish" button.

Part 2. The Operating System is Windows 10

If your computer or laptop is running Windows 10, creating Windows 10 bootable USB seems like a piece of cake. Here, we provide two methods to achieve your goal. 

Method 1. Create a Windows 10 Portable USB

A portable Windows USB drive allows you to boot your own Windows 10 on a brand new computer without reinstallation. You can use your own Windows 10 at any computer without any changes. How to do that? 

There's always an "easy way" to do things on Windows using some kind of software. Creating a bootable USB drive is also pretty easy – here's how to create Windows 10 bootable USB drive with EaseUS Todo backup software:

Video tutorial on how to create a Windows 10 bootable USB

USB requirements:

1. Check how much disk space is used for the system C drive. Let's assume 40GB. Then prepare a qualified USB drive, of which the disk capacity must be larger than 40GB.

2. Do you use an empty new USB drive or an old one? Make sure that all the important data has been safely transferred because the system clone will overwrite data on it completely.

3. Correctly connect the USB drive to your machine and make sure that Windows has detected it and assigned a drive letter to it.

Follow the overall process to create a portable Windows USB drive and boot from it:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup. Expand the menu and click "System Clone" in the lower position.

click system clone

Step 2. On the "System clone" window, the software will choose the system partition and boot partition by default. Just Choose the USB drive as the destination disk. 

Click on "Advanced options" and then "Create Portable Windows USB drive". Click "OK".

choose the usb drive to create a portable windows usb drive

Click "Proceed". The software will start immediately cloning the default partitions of your desktop/laptop to the USB drive. After the cloning process is over, you can safely plug the USB drive out.

start to create portable windows usb drive

Step 3. Boot from the USB drive.

  • Connect your portable USB to the computer
  • Restart the computer and press "Del" to enter BIOS
  • Set the PC to boot from the portable USB by changing the boot order in BIOS under the "Boot" tab
  • Save changes and you'll see your system booting up from the USB drive
 

Method 2. Back up Windows 10 to the USB and Restore it

You can also rescue your own computer by creating a Windows 10  system backup to a USB drive when your computer suddenly crashed or Windows failed to boot. So how to create such a Windows system backup on a USB drive? This method will help you create bootable Windows 10 system image. Even your system crashed, you can boot your Windows 10 from this bootable USB. Now, follow the details.

Notice:
To make sure that your computer could boot even when the system crashes, you must enable PreOS. Pre-OS can be considered as a simple OS environment, under which you can use our product without system login or a ready bootable disk created. It is especially useful when the operating system fails to boot, login Pre-OS environment and recovering from a previous image will resolve the trouble easily.

Open EaseUS Todo Backup, click "Tools" and click "Enable PreOS". Then, follow the below steps to backup Windows to a USB.

enable preos to make sure that your pc could boot from the usb

Step 1. Connect your USB drive to your PC.

Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and then click "System Backup" to backup Windows 10/8/7.

click system backup to back up Windows 10/8/7

Step 2. Select the destination as the USB drive and click "Proceed".

create a system image to usb

Tips: 

  • If you have stored data on the USB drive, remove data first in case of data overwritten.
  • Plan name and Description - An accurate plan name and appropriate description can help you find the needed image file easily.
  • A schedule is to create an automatic backup plan. 
  • Backup options are to edit the advanced parameters. 
  • Image-reserve strategy is to reserve the limited image as per image retention rule.

Then, if your system crashed, you can do the following things:

  • Connect the external hard drive or USB (You have created a system backup and WinPE disk on it) to your computer. 
  • Start your computer and press "F2" until the BIOS interface shows up. 
  • Click the "Boot" option and choose your external hard drive or USB in Boot option. Click "Exit" and save the changes. Then, restore the system backup image.