Previously, I showed you how to install Windows 10 using a bootable USB stick. This method is suitable for devices which boot using the legacy BIOS mode. If you need a UEFI bootable USB stick, the earlier-mentioned method will not work. In this article, we will see how to create a bootable UEFI USB drive containing Windows 10 Setup.
It is a good idea to use the Rufus tool to prepare the bootable UEFI Windows 10 USB drive. Rufus is free and works without any issues. Also, it is a portable app so it does not require itself to be installed. Here are the step-by-step instructions:
- Download the latest version of Rufus from HERE.
- You need a USB drive with at least 4 GB available. All data on this drive will be erased, so it is a good idea to backup everything from this USB drive before proceeding.
- Run the Rufus utility and pick your USB drive under the Device section.
- Select the partition scheme for UEFI computers with MBR. If your PC has a GPT partition scheme (GUID Partition Table), then pick the appropriate option from the combobox.
- Click on the CD/DVD drive icon to browse to the Windows 10 ISO image file. Select the Windows 10 ISO image file – 32-bit or 64-bit – whichever you downloaded.
If you do not have the ISO image, here’s how you can build your own: Get ISO image for Windows 10 build 9860 for a clean install.
After you click the Start button in Rufus, it will create a bootable UEFI USB stick with Windows 10. That’s it. You are done.