Is there a Windows 9? Unfortunately no, because 7 ‘8 (ate)’ 9, thus they gave us Microsoft Windows 10. I’ve upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8 and couldn’t be happier. Windows 10 is the best operating system by Microsoft, unless you have a good reason, I do not see why one would not want to move to Windows 10. Anyway, how to create a bootable windows on a usb without installation?
I am a Microsoft Windows user and will probably be for a very long time, this is because switching over to a Mac simply takes too much time and effort when Windows has all the basic covered. I have been looking forward to a desktop ever since my 5 years old Sony laptop is about to give up with frequent crash, and the only drawback is the idea of using Windows 8.1. Thus, I’ve decided to put off upgrading and wait for the next OS by Microsoft – Windows 10. Fortunately, the time has come and Microsoft has made Windows 10 ISO available for download for both PC and Mac users. It can be especially useful for cases where:
- You need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
- You need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
- You need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
- You want to run a low-level utility
↓ 01 – Etcher | Free [ Speed Unknown ]
Burn images to SD cards & USB drives, safe & easy. Here at resin.io we have thousands of users working through our getting started process and until recently we were embarassed about the steps that involved burning an SD card. There was a separate track for each Mac/Windows/Ubuntu and several manual and error prone steps along the way. To our surprise there was nothing out there that fitted our needs. So we built Etcher, a SD card burner app that is simple for end users, extensible for developers, and works on any platform.
- Validated Burning – No more writing images on corrupted cards and wondering why your device isn’t booting.
- Hard Drive Friendly – Makes drive selection obvious to avoid wiping your entire hard-drive
- Beautiful Interface – Who said burning SD cards has to be an eyesore.
- Open Source – Made with JS, HTML, node.js and Electron. Dive in and contribute!
- Cross Platform – Works for everyone, no more complicated install instructions.
↓ 02 – WinToUSB | Free | USD30 | USD200 [ Speed Unknown ]
WinToUSB (also called Windows To USB) is the best free Windows To Go Creator that allows you to install and run Windows operating system on an external hard drive or USB flash drive, using an ISO/WIM/ESD/SWM/VHD/VHDX image file or CD/DVD drive as the source of installation, or you can clone current Windows OS installation (Windows 7 or later) to a USB drive as a Windows To Go Workspace. WinToUSB also supports creating a Windows installation USB flash drive from a Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/2008/2012/2016 installation ISO file, so you can install Windows from the USB flash drive easily. Finally WinToUSB supports creating a bootable Windows PE USB drive, it can help you transfer the contents of Windows PE to a USB drive and make the USB drive bootable. WinToUSB’s key features include:
- Easy-to-use wizard interface that provides step-by-step instructions for creating a Windows To Go USB drive.
- Creation of Windows To Go from an ISO/WIM/ESD/SWM/VHD/VHDX image file or CD/DVD drive.
- Clone an existing Windows OS (Windows 7 or later) to a USB Drive as a Windows To Go Workspace.
- Use of a Non-Enterprise Edition of Windows 10/8.1/8/7 to create Windows To Go Workspace.
- Creation of Windows To Go on Non-Certified Windows To Go USB Drive.
- Support for creating VHD-based/VHDX-based Windows To Go Workspace.
- Support for creating Windows installation USB drives.
↓ 03 – Windows USB/DVD Download Tool | Free [ 3GB at 8:10 ]
The Windows USB/DVD Download tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7/8 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD. To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Once this is done, you can install Windows 7 or Windows 8 directly from the USB flash drive or DVD.
The ISO file contains all the Windows installation files combined into a single uncompressed file. When you download the ISO file, you need to copy it to some medium in order to install Windows. This tool allows you to create a copy of the ISO file to a USB flash drive or a DVD. To install Windows from your USB flash drive or DVD, all you need to do is insert the USB flash drive into your USB port or insert your DVD into your DVD drive and run Setup.exe from the root folder on the drive.
↓ 04 – Rufus | Free [ 3GB at 3:25 ]
Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need! Rufus is fast. For instance it’s about twice as fast as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer or Windows 7 USB download tool, on the creation of a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO. It is also marginally faster on the creation of Linux bootable USB from ISOs.
↓ 05 – RMPrepUSB | Free [ 3GB at 4:10 ]
RMPrepUSB is a user-friendly Windows graphical front-end which calls it’s brother application RMPartUSB (which does all the hard work!).
RMPartUSB is a Windows command line utility and does not have a GUI and can be used in batch/script files (type RMPartUSB to see help/usage text in a Windows command console). RMPartUSB makes a partition of any size and is primarily intended for USB Flash Drive (UFD) memory sticks, although it can be used on USB hard drives or USB card readers to create a bootable partition or even non-USB drives. RMPartUSB also places boot code on the USB device for either XP/WinPEv1 (ntldr), Vista/WinPEv2/Win7 (bootmgr), MS-DOS (io.sys) or FreeDos (kernel.sys). RMPartUSB does not place any files on the UFD – you must copy these over yourself or set the Copy OS Files option in RMPrepUSB to copy over the contents of a folder of your choice.
↓ 06 – UNetbootin | Free [ 3GB at 6:20 ]
UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions without burning a CD. However, it can be used to create other bootable OS. UNetbootin doesn’t use distribution-specific rules for making your live USB drive, so most Linux ISO files should load correctly using this option. However, not all distributions support booting from USB, and some others require extra boot options or other modifications before they can boot from USB drives, so these ISO files will not work as-is. Also, ISO files for non-Linux operating systems have a different boot mechanism, so don’t expect them to work either.
↓ 07 – Universal USB Installer | Free [ 3GB at 7:10 ]
Universal USB Installer aka UUI is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use. Simply choose a Live Linux Distribution, the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, Click Install. Upon completion, you should have a ready to run bootable USB Flash Drive with your select operating system installed. Other features include; Persistence (if available) – note that casper persistence will only work with fat16 or fat32 formatted drives. IMPORTANT NOTE: Your USB drive must be Fat16/Fat32/NTFS formatted, otherwise Syslinux will fail and your drive will NOT Boot. Bootable USB Flash Drive Creation Requirements:
- Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 or WINE to create the USB (Win 98/2K WILL NOT Work!)
- *Fat16, Fat32, or NTFS Formatted Flash Drive. MBR partition only GPT will not work!
- PC with a BIOS that can boot from USB
Create USB Bootable Microsoft Windows 10 with WinToUSB
- Step 1 – Download Microsoft Windows 10 ISO 32-bit and 64-bit images
- Step 2 – Download, Install and Run WinToUSB. WinToUSB is a free software that allows you to install and run Windows operating system on a USB hard drive or USB flash drive, using an ISO image or CD/DVD drive as the source of installation.
- Step 3 – Disable your antivirus, I noticed certain files failed to be copied when the antivirus is activated.
- Step 4 – WinToUSB scans for and lists installable operating systems. If you see the version of Windows you want to install, select it, then click “Next”.
- Step 5 – It takes some time to install. After installation restart the computer and change BIOS to boot from your USB drive.
- Step 6 – Windows installation starts up and you have to complete all the installation steps. You will have to boot from your USB drive if the Windows Installation restarts the computer.
Introducing Microsoft Windows 10
Learn about some of the features in Windows 10, like the new Start menu, multiple desktops, and improved multi-tasking. Watch Windows VP Joe Belfiore talk about some of the features in Windows 10, like the new Start menu, multiple desktops, and improved multi-tasking. Learn how you can be part of creating the best Windows yet with the Tech Preview and the Windows Insider Program.
Microsoft Windows 10 Screen Shots
Everything runs in a window: Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop apps do and can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing for maximize, minimize, and close with a click.
Snap enhancements: You can now have four apps snapped on the same screen with a new quadrant layout. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.