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How to make a Windows 10 Bootable USB stick that support UEFI boot.

Requirements:

  • 4 Gb USB stick/flash drive
  • Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise/Education Installation files (either their own image, MSDN or from the Volume Licensing website)
  • A PC or tablet!
Make a bootable USB flash drive using DISKPARTRun CMD.EXE as an administrator (Win-X then A), then run DISKPART with the following commands (not case-sensitive):
Command What it does
LIST DISK                 Shows all mounted disks.  Find your USB flash
SELECT DISK n          Selects the disk that future commands will use.  Replace ‘n’ with the disk # for your USB flash drive.NOTE:  Be careful that you don’t select your hard disk!  The next command will wipe the selected drive clean.
CLEAN Erases all previous partition & volume information on the flash drive.
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY    Partitions the flash drive as one partition for the whole drive.
SELECT PARTITION 1          Selects the new partition so future commands will operate on it.
ACTIVE                    Marks the new partition as active so the BIOS/UEFI can boot to it.
FORMAT FS=FAT32  QUICK        Formats the partition as FAT32.(NOT NTFS!)  EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!
ASSIGN                   Assigns a drive letter to the flash drive.
EXIT                        Exits DISKPART

At this point your USB drive is formatted.  DO NOT format the drive with Windows Explorer or format.com; you will not be able to boot from it.

Simply Copy files to the USB Drive and Prep the Windows 10 Image on the USB drive.

1. Copy Files

  • Use File Explorer

or

  • Copy files using (use XCOPY or ROBOCOPY) both of which are available in Windows 7/8/10.robocopy <source directory> <usb flash drive root directory> /mir
  • Example:  robocopy d:\Win10Files e:\ /mir
    (Change the destination to the folder that you have extracted Windows image on disk)

2. Prep the USB using CMD

  • Run CMD
  • Go to the directory where your winfiles are
  • cd boot (e.g. c:\win10pro\boot\)
    bootsect /nt60 X: (X is the drive latter of your USB drive )

 

Booting from the USB drive:Method 1: 

  1. Enter UEFI/BIOS Screen
  2. Set to boot from USB
  3. Disable Secure Boot

Method 2

  1. Press Windows Key + R
  2. Enter : shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 00
  3. After the system restarts – Click boot from another device
  4. Select USB device
Install Windows 10Go through normal Windows 10
Finishing up

  • Go back into the BIOS / UEFI and re-enable secure boot
  • Run Windows Update to get latest updates
  • Congratulations! – You are running Windows 10
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