How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB without Third-party apps?

How to Create Windows 10 bootable USB without third-party apps? Do you want to use Windows 10 on your system? did your system crashed? Whenever, Windows 10 files get damaged, or your system file is corrupted then you will experience fatal hardware issues, black/blue screen, no startups, slow performance, being stuck or freeze while using anything, or not working at all. For such occasions, you will need to use a bootable USB of Windows 10 to perform a clean installation.

Burning an ISO file of Windows 10 on a USB file is the process we call creating a bootable USB. So, here is how to create a Windows 10 bootable USB without third-party apps.


Before we start to create Windows 10 bootable USB without third-party apps, here are a few things that are required as a must.

You will need a stable internet connection, as you are going to download Windows 10 ISO file. Those who want to use Microsoft Media Creation; will also need the internet to download the tool.

A USB Pen drive of about 8-16 GB of storage is also required. If you have any data on your USB, then I would recommend you remove them as we are going to format the USB.

On the system where you are going to perform a clean installation of Windows 10, make sure you have the backup. as you might lose, some of your files during the installation.

How to create Windows 10 bootable USB without third party apps?

create windows 10 bootable USB without third party apps
create windows 10 bootable USB without third party apps

There are two ways to create Windows 10 bootable USB without using any other application.

  • Using Media Creation Tool
  • Using CMD (command prompt)

Media Creation Tool: It is used for Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11. As they are only available on Media Creation Tool and the tools have the ability to create bootable USB.

Command Prompt: Using CMD is another way to make a bootable USB of Windows 10. This method can be used for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP too.

Related: How to Enable Hyper-V in Windows 10?

1- Use Media Creation tool to create Bootable USB

Format USB

The first thing will be to insert your USB drive into your system and format it. Plugin your USB, open My PC, and right-click on the USB disk.

Make sure you have:

  • File System: FAT32
  • Allocation Unit Size: Default
  • Quick Format: enabled

Click on Start and your USB pen drive will start formatting.

Download Microsoft Media Creation Tool

The next thing will be to download the Microsoft Media Creation tool. As we mentioned before, the Media Creation tool has built-in features that will help us to burn Windows OS on USB. Click here to download the media creation tool.

Once downloaded, double-click on the setup file.

Boot the Setup file on USB

Click on Accept in the popup window.

create installation media for another pc- create bootable USB
create installation media for another pc- create bootable USB

What do you want to do? will appear on your screen. You have two options:

  • Upgrade this PC now
  • Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC

Select the second option and click on Next.

Here you will need to select Language, Architecture, and edition to create a bootable USB. Select the options according to your system or click on the check box (Use the recommended options for this PC) to use the recommended option for your PC and click on Next.

select USB flash drive for bootable USB
select USB flash drive for bootable USB

In “Choose which media to use” there are two options:

  • USB flash drive
  • ISO file

Select a USB flash drive to create a bootable USB of Windows 10.

Then you will be in the USB flash drive window. If you have multiple USB drives connected to your PC then make sure you will refresh the list by click on Refresh drive list.

Select the USB drive and the Media Creation Tool will start downloading the setup file of Windows 10.

Install Windows 10

install windows 10 using bootable USB
install windows 10 using a bootable USB

When the downloading has been completed. You can open the USB and double-click on the setup.exe file. The OS setup will start running and your Windows 10 installation will begin.

Related: Download Hyper-V for Windows 10 for Free

2- Use Command Prompt to Burn Windows 10

This is almost the same as the previous method. The only difference is that you will download the Windows 10 ISO file first then you will burn it. The same method will be applied; you will make USB compatible with Windows 10 then will burn it.

Format USB to create bootable USB without third party app

Insert your USB to your PC and run CMD (command prompt) as administrator.

Inside the CMD, type “diskpart” and press Enter. You will be taken to Diskpart Utility.

Type “list disk” and then you will find two sections. There are the hard disks on your system and removal disks such as your USB pen drive.

Then you will type “select disk #”. Here # denotes the disk numbers of your USB pen drive. Soon you will get “Disk # is now the selected disk”.

Format the drive by typing “clean” and you will get “Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk”.

Here you will need to type “create partition primary” and will experience “Diskpart succeeded in creating the specified partition.”.

Use “select partition 1”, “Active”, “Format fs+ntfs quick” and “assign” commanded one by one. Once all the commands are used then you will need to exit the CMD.

Open the USB in My PC and paste all the Windows 10 ISO files into the USB pen drive. When the pasting got completed, then you have a bootable USB of Windows 10.

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