How to Create a Windows 10 Bootable UEFI USB Drive

Alexander Manta By: Alexander Manta
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Like BIOS, UEFI is a type of firmware for computers. The BIOS firmware can be only found on IBM PC compatible computers. UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is meant to be more generic and it can be found on systems which are not in the “IBM PC compatible” class.

UEFI bootable USB drive
Do you want to install Windows 10 and you have an UEFI system? Do you want to install it from a bootable UEFI USB drive? I am sure that you want to find out how to create a bootable UEFI USB drive. It is very simple. Below, you can find a quick guide that will help you create a Windows 10 bootable UEFI USB drive.

How to create a bootable UEFI USB drive with Windows 10 setup image file

Follow the steps described below and you will create by your own a Windows 10 bootable memory stick:

  1. You need to download the latest version of the software called “Rufus”;
    Note: The “Rufus” application is a nice solution, because it is free and works without any issues.You can download it from here.
  2. Install the “Rufus” application and locate the executable file;
  3. Insert in one of your computer’s USB ports a USB drive. Make sure that the memory available on your USB drive is at least 4GB;
  4. Format the USB drive in order to erase the entire data;
    Note: Before erasing it, backup everything from the USB drive to your hard drive;
  5. Run the “Rufus” executable file;
  6. From the drop-down menu,located under the “Device” feature, select your USB drive;
  7. From the drop-down menu located under the “Partition scheme and target system type” selection, chose the “MBR partition scheme for UEFI computer” feature;
    Note: If your computer has a GPT partition scheme, select from the drop-down menu the appropriate feature;
  8. Select “NTFS” feature from the drop-down menu located under the “File system”;
  9. Check if it is selected the “4096 bytes (Default)” option for the “Cluster size” selection;
  10. Check the box next to the “Quick format” feature;
  11. Check the box next to the “Create a bootable disk using” feature;
  12. Select the “ISO Image” option from the drop down menu;
  13. Click on the CD/DVD drive icon (this can be found in the right side of the “ISO Image” feature);
  14. Browse to the Windows 10 ISO image file;
  15. Check the box next to the “Create extended label and icon files” feature;
  16. Left click on the “Start” button;
  17. Now you will have to wait until the Windows 10 bootable UEFI USB stick will be created.

This is it. Now you are the happy owner of a Windows 10 UEFI bootable USB drive.If you have additional questions related to this topic, feel free to leave a comment below.

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