Create Windows 10 Installation Media With UEFI Support [HOW TO]

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
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Most users received Windows 10 as a free upgrade through Windows Update. Other users prefer to install the new operating system from a physical drive like a USB flash drive.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to create a USB flash drive with Windows 10 which can be installed on UEFI-based computers.
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Steps to create Windows 10 USB install media with UEFI support

Method 1: How to make a bootable USB media installation file using RUFUS

In case you’re not the one who really needs to install Windows 10 on a UEFI-based computer, but you’re reading this article just for education, you may not be familiar with the term “UEFI.”

Well, UEFI is basically the replacement for BIOS, so that means it’s a new firmware which starts the computer and loads the operating system. And more and more new Windows PCs are coming with it.

Let’s now return to creating Windows 10 USB drive with UEFI support.

For this action you’ll need to download the Rufus USB image writer, I know you maybe don’t like the fact that you’ll have to use a third-party software, but this one is very good, and it’s the fastest way.

Rufus USB is a standalone utility, so you don’t have to install it, just download and open it.

Once you’ve opened Rufus USB, select the USB flash drive you want to create an image on, select GPT partition scheme for UEFI (leave cluster size to default), make sure you have “Create a bootable disk using ISO Image” selected from the dropdown menu, add your Windows ISO file (you can download Windows 10 ISO files from here for free), and click Start.

Wait until the process is finished, and voilà, you have completely legit USB flash drive with Windows 10 installation which supports UEFI-based computers. Now just restart your computer and install the system normally.

Method 2: Using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft

Setup Media Creation Tool

Besides Rufus, the most recommended tool to create a USB bootable Windows 10 system is the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. Before you start, please download the update file from the Microsoft site from here. So, here are the step to follow:

  1. Make sure you have an active internet connection
  2. Select “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC option” and click NextCreate installation media for another PC
  3. Select the language, architecture, and edition of Windows 10. It’s important to choose the correct architecture, 64-bit or 32-bit or you can simply select both.
  4. Select the USB flash drive option.
  5. Select the removable drive you want to use from the list.
  6. Wait until the download is over.

After the Windows 10 installation files have been downloaded, your computer will create a bootable USB that will be compatible with devices that are using UEFI or BIOS.

If you have any other Windows 10-related issues or questions you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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