When you're getting ready to install a new release of Windows 10, or you're planning to set up a dual-boot system, you first need to create a bootable USB media to start the setup and proceed with the installation. However, if you have a newer device that uses UEFI mode, instead of the legacy BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) firmware, you need to make sure the installation media includes the correct firmware support.

Thankfully, you have multiple choices to get this done properly. You can use the Microsoft Media Creation Tool, which makes it easy to prepare a removable drive with support for both firmware modes (BIOS and UEFI). And if the tool doesn't work, it's also possible to use the popular Rufus tool to create a bootable media specifically to work on UEFI devices.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to create a USB bootable media with UEFI support using the Media Creation Tool and Rufus. Here's how to install Windows 10 from USB.

How to create a USB bootable media using Media Creation Tool

You can use the Microsoft Media Creation Tool to quickly create a USB media that will boot on a device using UEFI.

  1. Download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft.
  2. Double-click the MediaCreationTool.exe file to launch the tool.
  3. Click Accept.
  4. Select the Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC option.

  5. The language, architecture, and edition will be selected automatically based on your computer configuration, but you can clear the Use the recommended options for this PC option to select the appropriate settings if you're trying to use the media on another device.

  6. Click Next.
  7. Select the USB flash drive option.

  8. Click Next.
  9. Select the removable drive from the list.

  10. Click Next.

After completing the steps, the Media Creation Tool will download the files to install Windows 10, and it'll proceed to create the bootable media, which should work on devices using legacy BIOS as well as on those newer machines using UEFI.

How to create a USB bootable media using Rufus

Alternatively, if the bootable media created using the Media Creator Tool isn't working on your computer. Or you've already downloaded the Windows 10 ISO file from another source, such as from MSDN, you can use the Rufus tool, which allows you to create a USB bootable with support for UEFI.

  1. Download Rufus from the official site.
  2. Double-click the Rufus-x.xx.exe file to launch the tool.
  3. Under "Devices," select the USB drive with at least 4GB of space.
  4. Under "Partition scheme and target system type," select the GPT partition scheme for UEFI option from the drop-down menu.
  5. Under "File system" and "Cluster size," leave the default settings.
  6. On "New volume label," type a descriptive label for the drive.
  7. Under "Format Options," check the Create a bootable disk using "ISO image" option.
  8. Click the drive icon.

  9. Select the Windows 10 image.
  10. Click Open.
  11. Click the Start button.
  12. Click OK to confirm that the USB drive will the erased.

Once you've completed the steps, Rufus will proceed to create the USB bootable media with support for UEFI systems.

Wrapping things up

After creating the bootable media with support for UEFI, you can boot your UEFI-based device with the USB flash drive to upgrade your device or perform a clean installation of Windows 10 using this guide.

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