Why you need Windows Installation Media
When put simply, you need it to install Windows. If you’re looking into installing Windows for the first time or if you’re looking into performing a clean install of Windows to get a fresh new start you will quickly figure out that you absolutely need a Windows installation media through the form of a Windows CD or a usb drive. It is absolutely important when trying to install Windows as it is basically a setup or installer that is specifically built to install the Windows operating system.
But what if you don’t have a Windows CD to install Windows with, or perhaps don’t have a CD drive? Well, the solution is to make a Windows installation media with your usb drive; and here are two ways you can go about doing just that.
Method 1 : Media Creation Tool
Here’s what you’ll need to create a windows installation media :
- Access to a computer that’s running windows
- An empty/blank usb drive that is 8GB or larger in capacity
- An internet connection to download the required files
Step 1. Download the media creation tool from Microsoft’s website
Step 2. Insert the usb drive into the computer, and locate and run the media creation tool that you had obtained earlier
Step 3. Once you’ve run the media creation tool, you should eventually be greeted by the screen as shown below. Select create installation media for another PC and click “next”.
Step 4. Select the language, edition and architecture you want to install by unchecking the “Use the recommended options for this PC” checkbox and click “next”.
Note: Leaving it as recommended would work as well, assuming you plan to install windows 10 on the same computer that you are currently using to create the installation media.
Step 5. Select USB flash drive and click “next”.
Warning: As the tool would be copying the windows installation files to your usb drive, it would also erase all of the contents of the usb drive selected. So make sure to backup anything important if the usb drive contained any files.
Step 6. You are pretty much done! Let it do it’s thing- you might wanna disable any third party antivirus as it occasionally interferes with the media creation tool. If you only rely on Microsoft Defender alone, you should be fine. You have created a bootable usb drive with the windows installation media.
Method 2 : Rufus
Step 1. First you will have to download Rufus, and obtain a Windows 10 ISO.
To obtain a Windows 10 ISO, download the media creation tool from Microsoft’s website.
Locate and run the media creation tool that you have downloaded earlier. Then, select “Create installation media for another PC” and click “next”.
Select the language, edition and architecture you want to install by unchecking the “Use the recommended options for this PC” checkbox and click “next”. Leaving it as recommended would work as well, assuming you plan to install windows 10 on the same computer you are currently using to create the installation media.
Lastly, select “ISO file”, choose where you would like to store the Windows 10 ISO and enter a filename to your liking.
Step 2. Insert the usb drive into the computer, then locate and run Rufus. Once Rufus is open it should look similar to this.
Step 3: Select the usb drive that you wish to use for creating the windows installation media from the dropdown menu.
Step 4: Click on the small icon that looks like a disc (which we circled in red) as shown below.
Step 5: Locate and select the Windows 10 ISO that you had obtained earlier. Once you have selected the ISO, the appropriate settings should be automatically set for you.
Step 5: Optionally, you may change the label for your usb drive. But for the purpose of this guide we will be leaving it be.
Step 6: Finally, click the “Start” button that’s located near the bottom of the program. Once that is done, a warning dialogue will appear. All you have to do is click “OK” and you’re done. You have created a bootable usb drive with the windows installation media.