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How to download the Windows 10 ISO onto a USB drive using Rufus

Rufus can now download the ISO file and create a bootable USB flash driver to install any version of Windows 10, including Windows 8.1.

Rufus download Windows 10 ISO and create bootable USB installation media

Rufus is a lightweight free and easy-to-use tool designed to create a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 10 on your computer.

In previous versions, you needed to provide the Windows 10 ISO to create a bootable media, but since version 3.5, Rufus can now download the ISO file and prepare the bootable media, just like the Microsoft Media Creation Tool.

However, unlike the Media Creation Tool, Rufus not only can create a USB installation media, but it does the job faster, and it allows you to prepare a bootable USB drive with older versions of Windows 10. (Heck, you can even download the ISO file for Windows 8.1)

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to use Rufus to download the ISO file and create a bootable media to install Windows 10 from scratch.

How to use Rufus to download ISO and create bootable Windows 10 USB

To create a USB media that you can use to boot your device and install Windows 10 without the need to download an ISO sedately, connect a USB drive of at least 8GB space, and then use these steps:

  1. Open the Rufus official website.

  2. Under the “Download” section, click the link to download the latest version (3.5 or later).

  3. Double-click the executable to launch the tool.

  4. Under the “Device” section, use the drop-down menu and select the USB drive that you want to erase and use to create the installation media.

  5. Under the “Boot selection” section, use the drop-down menu and select the Disk or ISO image option.

  6. On the right side, click the down arrow button, and select the Download option.

    Rufus download Windows 10 ISO option
    Rufus download Windows 10 ISO option
  7. Click the Download button.

    Rufus download ISO button
    Rufus download ISO button
  8. Select the Windows 10 option. (You can also select the Windows 8.1 option too.)

    Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 ISO selection
    Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 ISO selection
  9. Click the Continue button.

  10. Under the “Release” section, select the version of Windows 10 that you want to download. Quick tip: You can select the latest version (October 2018 Update), or you can choose to download older versions as well, including the April 2018 Update, Fall Creators Update, and even earlier versions.

  11. Click the Continue button.

  12. Select the edition, including Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro, or Windows 10 Education.

  13. Click the Continue button.

  14. Select the language of Windows 10.

  15. Click the Continue button.

  16. Select the operating system architecture (x64 or x86). (If it’s a newer device, usually, you’ll select the x64 option.)

  17. Click the Download button.

    Download the Windows 10 ISO using Rufus
    Download the Windows 10 ISO using Rufus
  18. Select the location to save the Windows 10 ISO automatically.

  19. Use the default selections after the download.

  20. Click the Start button.

    Create bootable USB of Windows 10 using Rufus
    Create bootable USB of Windows 10 using Rufus
  21. Click the OK button to confirm the deletion of the USB drive data.

Once you complete the steps, you can use the bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 10 using a clean or in-place upgrade installation.