If you landed here, you are probably planning to install Windows 10 and need some guidance. Part of the installing process involves preparing a USB drive to boot your computer and make it appeared on the Windows setup wizard. If your hardware is brand new, you are probably using UEFI, also known as the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, the modern choice that replaced the standard basic input/output system firmware (BIOS). If that were the case, you need to make sure that the bootable media device can actually support the firmware you are using before you can go ahead with the full OS installation using a flash drive.
The good thing about working with a computer that uses the UEFI firmware is that you can find more than one way to create a compatible USB bootable media. One of the most noticeable methods is the possibility to use the Media Creation Tool that comes preinstalled with Windows 10. This Microsoft utility makes it easy to copy all the Windows 10 installation files on a removable drive that supports both, the classic BIOS setting and UEFI. If you prefer, you can use an ISO burner software such as WizBurn. This software is a life-saver that can easily burn a full ISO image file into USB or CD/DVD and give it bootable properties at the same time.
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The reason why we don't mention Microsoft Media Creation Tool at the first place is that the download speed is very slow and has a much lower success rate. This is based on my personal experience after 10+ failed attemps. WizBurn is the tool we used for last two years. It is great independent software that can be used to create bootable USB and CD/DVD from ISO image. The software is tollay a life-saver and has one of the most user-friendly interfaces available out there with easily identifiable functions that can be previewed before undertaking the tasks needed from them.
WizBurn allows users to burn ISO to USB with one-click and no interruptions of any kind. The software works just as well with USB devices since it can burn the ISO image file and convert it on any of the four main writing formats (FAT, FAT32, BTFS, and exFAT). The program also supports two of the most popular partition styles used by PC users such as MBR & GPT. The clean interface is there to make sure that even the less skilled users with no technical skills can use the program. The developers also pride themselves in offering some of the best customer support services available online.
Step 1: Get a copy of Windows 10 disc image (.iso file) from Microsoft website or somewhere (preferred for higher connection speed). To be honest, the download speed from Microsoft website is awful as far as I know
Step 2: You need to download WizBurn software to a Windows computer or laptop and run the .exe file to install the software properly.
Step 3: Open the software as an administrator to get to the user interface screen. Navigate to screen to locate the ISO image option, click the "Browse" option and add the ISO file.
Step 4: You will have to choose a partition style and set the System file on one of the options mentioned earlier. The most popular formats are FAT32 or NTFS. After you select the settings, you need hit the "Burn" option to write the files from the ISO image into the USB drive or the disk.
Step 5: Wait for a moment to be finished, the size of the file usually determines the time of the transfer. The program will let you know when the burn process is completed.
When you install a new copy of Windows 10 on a computer using Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, you can use the utility named "Media Creation Tool" to make a compatible bootable media device. Just take a moment and place a USB flash drive with over 4GB of storage space on your PC and follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the official Windows 10 Download page and look for "Create Windows-10 installation media," click the "Download Tool Now" option.
Step 2: After the download is ready, click the MediaCreationToolxxx.exe file to install and launch the utility. You will have to agree to the Microsoft terms as usual. The mainframe of the utility is very user-friendly here as well, albeit a bit more technical.
Step 3: Insert an USB into the computer and locate the option "Select the Create installation media" option; then choose USB flash drive from the list. This option will download Windows ISO file and burn it to USB.
Step 4: You will be asked to pick the language you want to work with, the architecture, and the edition of Windows 10 you will work with. Beware though: if you change these settings the boot device will be created with the default selection of the software, and this may not be usable for you since it doesn't reflect the right settings you need.
Step 5: Since you need a USB flash drive, you will pick that option. If you don't see it for any reason, make sure to Refresh drive list options. Once you are done with these settings, the wizard tool starts downloading the Windows 10 installation files, and it will create a bootable media device with that USB.
Microsoft Media Creation Tool is free but it lacks user friends and takes much longer time when we compared the two methods. The faster the connection speed is, the difference is much less between the two options. So it is more a personal choice.
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