If you’re interested in upgrading from your current Windows version to the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft, then you may be wondering how to create Windows 10 installation media like a USB drive or DVD. You can use the free Media Creation Tool to download an ISO file that will allow you to install Windows 10 directly, or upgrade your current operating system. Let’s take a look at how this works!
Step 1 – Head over to the Microsoft Website
Head over to the Microsoft website and download the MediaCreationTool.exe file, which is an executable that will create installation media for you. Make sure to choose the correct type of installation media that you need, either 32-bit or 64-bit. Once downloaded, make sure to run it as administrator on your PC.
Step 2 – Decide if you want 64-bit or 32-bit system
Select the type of system you want to install. The 64-bit version supports more than 4GBs of RAM and has better performance for tasks such as video editing, but is not compatible with some older programs. The 32-bit version has less memory and is more limited in its capabilities, but will run on any PC. Make sure you know which one you want before continuing.
Step 3 – Run Media Creation Tool
Step 4 – Follow onscreen instructions
Insert your flash drive or DVD into your PC. If you are creating a USB key, select USB flash drive or USB hard drive. If you are upgrading your PC to Windows 10, select ISO file and browse to the location of the ISO file you downloaded. Select which edition of Windows 10 you want to install (Home, Pro, Education). Select whether you want to create a bootable DVD or insert it into your computer’s DVD-ROM drive.
Step 5 – Finally, pick an output location for your ISO file.
After selecting your language and architecture (32-bit or 64-bit), you’ll be asked where to save the ISO file. You can choose any location on your computer. It doesn’t matter if you save it to your desktop, or anywhere else – as long as you know where it is, that’s all that matters. Just make sure you remember where you saved it!
Step 6 – Save The Image To Your Hard Drive (Optional)
6. Save The Image To Your Hard Drive (Optional) (optional) You don’t need to save the image to your hard drive, as it will be saved automatically when you click Finish on step 7. But if you want to make additional copies of your media for use on different computers, or save an ISO file for future use, go ahead and navigate to where you want to save it.