How to Make Bootable USB Flash Drive on Windows 10/8/7

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Creating USB driver in the latest Windows version has become a lot easier with the in-built ISO burners. Gone are the days when you used to download an ISO image file of the operating system and burn it into CD/DVD. USB flash drives has completely destroyed the usage of CD/DVDs and the main reason is its size, speed and portability. Bootable USB drivers simply means that you are preparing a USB flash drive to install an operating system. Essentially, creating bootable USB drivers to install operating system of your choice varies from each Windows versions.

In this short guide, we will show how to make a bootable USB drivers on all Windows version computers. Making a bootable driver is not similar to copying an ISO image file directly on the USB flash drive. Keep on reading to know how to make a bootable USB driver and please remember to backup all data contained on your USB flash drive as using any trick from this guide will entirely wipe the data from your USB drive.

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Method #1: Make Bootable USB Driver Using Command Prompt.

This part can be applied from any Windows version including Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and other older versions. It is indeed an old-fashioned method but it works like charm all the time. Here's what to do –

Step 1. Insert the USB flash drive on the computer and let the computer automatically detect it.

Step 2. Click on Start and start command prompt.

Step 3. Type “DISKPART” and press enter to start the disk part utility.

Step 4. From here, you will have to enter a series of command. First, type “List Disk” to see all the available drivers on the computer. Check the disk number of your flash drive and remember it.

Step 5. Next, type “Select Disk 1” considering Disk 1 is the USB flash driver and press Enter.

Step 6. Now keep on typing these series of commands.

- Clean
- create partition primary
- select partition 1
- active
- format fs=fat32

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When the formatting process is completed, simply type “Assign” followed by exit.

Step 7. Now copy all the files of your operating system on to the USB flash drive and it is done. You can now install your operating system using the bootable USB flash drive.

Method #2: Make Bootable USB Driver using Rufus

Rufus is yet another ISO image file burning program that helps to create bootable USB flash drives. It is absolutely free to use and it's an open source tool. Learn how to use Rufus.

Step 1. Download Rufus from the official website and store it on your computer.

Step 2. It's ready-to-use program that needs no installation at all. You can open the program just by double clicking on it.

Step 3. Insert the USB flash drive and let it be recognized by the program automatically.

Step 4. Select the device name that you are using. It is recommended to use an 8 GB flash drive to run everything smoothly. Leave the rest of the options to the default settings and select the ISO image file stored in your computer. Make sure to check “Create a bootable disk” to make the USB driver bootable.


Step 5. Click on “Start” to initiate the burning process and once it is finished, you can eject the flash drive. It now a ready-made bootable USB driver.


Method #3: Make Bootable USB Driver using ISO to USB

ISO to USB is yet another program that helps to create bootable USB drivers. This tool is very similar Rufus and almost uses the same procedure to create bootable USB flash drives.

Step 1. Download ISO to USB from the official website and save it on your computer.

Step 2. Double click on the downloaded file and the program should start automatically without installation.

Step 3. Insert the flash drive on your computer and select the ISO image file of the operating system to burn.

Step 4. Leave rest of the options to its default settings unless you know what you are doing and then click on “Burn” to begin the burning process.

burn ISO to USB

Step 5. The burning process should be initiated and it may take several minutes to finish. It is recommended to keep your USB flash driver connected until the process is totally finished.

You may eject the flash drive after the burning process is completed and you have a bootable USB driver ready to use.

Creating a bootable USB flash drive can be really a hectic task if you don't know the right procedure. Hopefully, you guys were able to create a bootable USB driver by using the methods shared in this guide. If you have any easier method than this then don't forget to share it with us. Stay tuned for more!

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