How to create a Windows 10 USB installation media (step by step)

USB flash drive, key shape

Windows 10 Technical Preview is out and now it’s time to test drive. While there are many ways to install Windows such as using a virtual machine, the primary way to install the Technical Preview is by using a secondary spare PC, and because burning an ISO DVD is overrated, creating a bootable USB installation media is the way to go.

There are more than one way to go creating a bootable USB installation media for Windows 10, however there is only one way that is the easiest, that is using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool. Yes, this application works like wonders.

How to create a USB installation media of Windows 10

  1. Head over the Microsoft download center and grab a copy of the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool.

  2. Install the tool in your system – you know, double-click, next, next, next…

    Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool

  3. If you haven’t done it already, head to the Windows Insider website, sign-up and download a version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

  4. Connect a USB flash drive (it should be equal or larger than 4GB of space) to your computer. Also make sure you don’t have anything important in the drive since during this process all that data will be erased.

  5. Open the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool, click Browse and localize the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO file, and click Open.

  6. Click USB Device, choose the USB drive to create the installation media, and hit Begin copying.

Now wait until the process completes the process and now you’re ready to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on any computer.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and