Create a Windows 10 installation USB key – le crab info

To install Windows 10, the simplest solution is to create an installation USB key.

A few years ago we were all forced to use these CD / DVDs which were not very practical to use. Today, with USB keys, everything is much simpler and oneverything faster.

In this tutorial, I offer you two methods to create your USB installation key Windows 10 : with Microsoft’s media creation tool and with Rufus software.

Prepare your USB key, it will heat up! 💪

What method choose to create your USB installation key Windows 10 ?

  • Looking for the simplicity and the speed use the method n ° 1, with the media creation tool. The tool takes care of everything: it downloads the installation files of the latest version of Windows 10 and copy them on the USB key.
  • Looking for the practicality use the method n ° 2, with Rufus software. You keep a copy of the ISO of Windows 10 to create and recreate at will several USB keys of installation of Windows 10. With Rufus, you will also be able to choose the partitioning table (MBR or GPT) of the USB key to install Windows 10 either in UEFI mode or in legacy BIOS mode.

Create a USB installation key Windows 10

Method n ° 1: with the media creation tool

Using Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool, create a USB memory stick for installing Windows 10 is childishly simple: everything is done automatically, the tool is responsible for installing the installation files of Windows 10 on the USB stick like a big one.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Download the media creation tool from Windows 10.
  2. Run the file MediaCreationTool.exe and accept the terms of the license agreement.
  3. Select Create installation media (USB key, DVD or ISO file) for another PC.
  4. Select the tongue and thesystem architecture (99% of the time you will need the 64-bit version). If you check the box Use the options recommended for this PC, the software will automatically select the options suitable for your computer.
  5. Select USB flash memory disk.
  6. Select the USB stick on which installation files of Windows 10 will be copied. In the capture below, I select the USB drive identified by the letter D. If you have any doubts on the USB key, do not hesitate to take a walk in File Explorer to see what it contains.

    ! Warning : all data on your USB drive will be deleted.

    Click on Following to start the creation of the USB key to install Windows 10.

  7. The software downloads the installation files from Windows 10 then copy them on the USB key. This operation takes more or less time depending on the speed of your Internet connection and the performance of the USB + controller of the USB key.
  8. There you go, your USB installation key Windows 10 is ready !
  9. And now: how to use the USB installation key of Windows 10 ?

Congratulation ! You have created a USB key to install Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool. 👍

Method # 2: with Rufus software

Rufus is undoubtedly the reference software for creating bootable USB keys of any operating system and in particular Windows.

Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download the Rufus software.
  2. Open the software Rufus by double clicking on the file rufus.exe.
  3. Select the following options:
    • Peripheral : your USB key (check that you have selected the correct USB key).
    • Start type : Disk or ISO image.
    • ISO file:
      • You already have the ISO of Windows 10 : click on the button SELECTION and select the .iso file of Windows 10 on your computer.
      • You don’t have ISO of Windows 10 : click on DOWNLOAD to download the ISO of Windows 10 from Microsoft’s servers.
    • Image option : Standard installation of Windows.
    • Partition scheme and Destination system :
      • GPT + UEFI (non CSM): recent computers (UEFI PC) (⩾ 2013).
      • MBR + BIOS (or UEFI-CSM): old computers (PC BIOS) (2013).
    • Volume name : leave the default value.
    • File system : FAT32 (if available) or NTFS (requires disabling Secure Boot).
    • Allocation unit size : leave the default value.

  4. Click on the button TO START UP.

    ! Warning : all data on your USB drive will be deleted.

  5. Confirm the creation of the bootable USB key by clicking on OK.
  6. Wait while the bootable USB key is created.
  7. If you have selected the NTFS file system, take note that to boot from the bootable USB key you will need to disable Secure Boot in the UEFI settings.
  8. There you have it, your USB installation key Windows 10 has been created!
  9. And now: how to use the USB installation key of Windows 10 ?

Congratulation ! You have created a USB key to install Windows 10 using Rufus software. 👍

How to use the USB installation key Windows 10 ?

Once the USB key to install Windows 10 created, you can:

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