How to Create A Bootable Windows 10 USB Flash Drive

A bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive allows you to upgrade or install Windows 10 software on your computer using a flash drive. In this case, a latest copy of Windows 10 is created as a USB media on a flash drive and it boots your device in the setup wizard. Prior to applying this method, you should know how to create bootable USB Windows 10 drive. Without that, you can"t proceed with installation of Windows 10 using a USB drive.

Ensure that your Windows system's BIOS has been replaced by UEFI and it supports the latest firmware you have. A bootable device is important if the Windows system is unable to read from the hard disk or the hard disk has been corrupted. Fixing the issue involves having a fresh Windows 10 which only a USB flash drive can install effortlessly.

In this article, we are going to explain the methods of creating Windows 10 bootable USB and how it has been used.

Part 1: Using Command Prompt

The very first part of the article involves creation of a Windows 10 bootable USB though command prompt. For this you would need a Windows 10 installation file and a bootable USB drive or DVD. In this section, we will consider using the bootable flash drive. Though the process might sound a bit complicated, we have tried to /peak it into simple and understandable format

Here is the step by step guide to create bootable USB from ISO Windows 10.

  • Connect your USB drive to the computer and then find "Command Prompt" through the search bar.
  • Make sure that you have administrator access for running it.
  • On the command prompt you need to open the disk management utility. Key in "diskpart" and press the "Enter" key.
  • disk part
  • Again type "list disk" and press "Enter" key to see the list of connected disks available with the system.
  • Choose your USB flash drive name from the list by typing "select disk #" followed by "Enter" key.
Note: needs to be replaced by your disk number mentioned in the list.

Now, you need to clean the disk by typing "clean" and then hitting the "Enter" key.

clean usb drive

You need to create a bootable partition now by keying in "Create partition primary" and then tap "Enter". Select the recently created partition by typing "select partition 1" > "active" followed by the "Enter" key.

Type "format fs=fat32" followed by the "Enter" key. Now, your USB drive needs to be assigned with a letter. Do that and type "assign" thereafter.

active usb drive

You have to copy all the Windows 10 files and paste them on the flash drive from a Windows 10 disk or ISO file extraction.

Part 2: Using Third Party Tool

After learning about how to make bootable USB Windows 10, how about understanding creation of bootable flash drive and resetting your Windows password through a third party tool called PassFab 4WinKey. This software helps you bypass forgotten Windows local and domain systems as well as remove them altogether. Using this software, cloning or backing up hard disk partition got pretty easy.

Here is the detailed process of how to make bootable USB Windows 10 using PassFab 4WinKey and then to reset your Windows Password.

Step 1: Download PassFab 4WinKey on your computer. Now, get the software installed on your computer and then choose the Quick Recovery Wizard.

burn boot usb

Step 2: Select the preferred media among CD/DVD/USB flash drive, in this case "USB", after launching the software on your PC. Now, press "Burn" button available down below. It will then start to burn the USB boot disk.

Note: When you opt to burn a USB boot disk, a prompt will come up on your screen asking you for formatting the USB.
burn usb success

Step 3: Ensure to tap "Yes" and let the USB flash drive to get burned. Once the process is complete, you need to plug in this USB flash drive to the locked Windows PC and reboot it. Tap "F12" or "ESC" key to enter the "Boot Menu" interface.

Step 4: From the Boot Menu, opt for your USB flash drive. Click "Enter" key once you highlight it. PassFab 4WinKey will now boot up.

select boot media

Step 5: Select your Windows OS and click "Reset your password" from below. Choose the preferred user account, be it "Admin" or "Local" and then punch in the new password in the respective fields available.

passfab 4winkey main screen

Step 6: In the "New Password" box type a fresh password and then click "Next". Reboot your PC with the new password or skip the password screen. You need to eject the USB drive before hitting the "Reboot" button.

password changed


From the above article we have reached to this conclusion that, PassFab 4WinKey is a reliable and trustworthy tool for creating bootable Windows 10 flash drives when it comes to resetting passwords and managing user accounts. Apart from other benefits of replicating hard disk partitions or recovering, resetting and changing, bypassing Windows passwords, this tool has a power-packed performance with such low cost. It is easy to operate and safe for your data, as you don"t need to factory reset your system while recovering passwords. All in all, PassFab 4WinKey is an awesome deal for you.

Updated on / Posted by Shirley Howard to Windows Tips / Follow @Shirley Howard

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