5 Dec, 2020
When installing Windows 10 from scratch, we typically use a USB stick minimum 16GB for this purpose. There are other options for it as well, and you can use them without any hassle.
But many people are confused about the process, and they especially don’t like terms like BIOS and UEFI. If your computer is based on UEFI (newer version) than BIOS, it is important to use the appropriate method and media for the installation. There are multiple methods to create bootable media to install Windows 10 on the UEFI based computer or laptop.
You can use a tool called Microsoft Media Creation Tool (Developed by Microsoft) to download and create the bootable USB stick. However, if you are not comfortable with the Media Creation Tool, other options are available in the market, including Rufus.
In this guide, we’ll take you through the process of creating the USB stick with UEFI and then installing it on a computer.
Let’s get started…
Creation of UEFI Boot Media Using the Media Creation Tool
If you are looking to perform a clean install on UEFI based devices, Media Creation Tool is the best way to do it. Microsoft has availed the Media Creation Tool through their website.
Now, let’s shift our focus to creating the bootable USB stick using the steps given here.
Download Media Creation Tool
With these steps, you will be able to download and launch the Media Creation Tool on your computer.
Create a USB Stick with Media Creation Tool
You can now use the Media Creation Tool to create the bootable USB stick by following the next few steps.
The tool will automatically download and create bootable media once these steps are completed. It will make a bootable flash drive that will support both platforms, UEFI, and BIOS.
Create Bootable Media Using Rufus
If you don’t want to use the Media Creation Tool, you can easily use a third-party tool like Rufus. Rufus is one of the greatest tools for creating a bootable media device with UEFI and BIOS support.
Create USB with Rufus
Keep a USB stick ready to create a bootable device using an existing Windows 10 ISO file.
After completing the steps given here, the tool will create a bootable windows 10 USB stick according to the specifications mentioned in the settings.
These are the two of the most popular methods of creating the bootable USB stick for both UEFI and standard BIOS. Now, all you need to do is plug in the USB in the computer you want to install and then follow the simple Windows 10 installation instructions.
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