Creating a bootable USB Windows Installation device

Install Windows from USB

This article explains how to use the official Microsoft Windows USB/DVD Download Tool to create a bootable USB device for installing Windows on your computer.

This tool has been partially superseded by the Media Creation Tool for Windows 10. However, this tool can still be used to create a bootable USB installation device from a Windows 10 ISO file downloaded with the Media Creation Tool.
These instructions have been tested and verified with the following Windows operating system versions:

Operating System Platform Size
Windows 8 x86 4GB
Windows 8 x64 4GB
Windows 8.1 x86 4GB
Windows 8.1 x64 4GB
Windows 10 x86 4GB
Windows 10 x64 4GB
Windows Server 2012 x64 8GB
Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 x64 4GB
Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 8GB
The quoted size represents the minimum required USB device size need to support the operating system image.
This tool was previously known as the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, but it has since been renamed to just the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool (without the “7”). The screens in the tool are yet to be updated to reflect this name change.
This tool can also be used to burn ISO images to DVD; that functionality is not covered in these instructions.


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