How to create a Bootable Windows 10 Installer
Get Windows 10, for free, legally, the easy way.
My computer runs...
OS X 10.10+
I need a...
Physical USB Flash
Physical DVD / BD
Disk Image File
How to create a Bootable Windows 10 Installer from Windows
Microsoft Edge(not Google Chrome, not Mozilla Firefox)
- Now download the Windows 10 ISO
.isois bootable and suitable for
- Virtual Machines
- USB Flash Drives
Right click on the
- Download Etcher from Balena
Win10_xxxx_English_x64.isoto your USB using Etcher.
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Need a Good USB flash drive?
I recommend using MicroSD reader with a MicroSD card rated U-III (U3), v30 or 4k (all different names for the same thing), which means that it has a guaranteed minimum write speed of 30+mb/s in the worst case scenario (meaning likely 60+mb/s in the average case).
Here's what I personally use:
Option 1: MicroSD + USB 3+ Reader
Option 2: USB 3+ Hard Drive
Why not a plain old pen drive?
I've personally bought over a dozen different USB drives, but none are as fast as modern MicroSD cards.
If you are set on getting a flash drive, however, I'd definitely recommend one of these that have relatively good ratings and are thin enough that they don't block other USB ports - even when stacked side-by-side, for some of them.
USB drives have no reliable rating for reliability or speed, and there's no accountability for false advertising - even among top brands.
After testing DOZENS of USB drives, including those from name brands like Samsung, Transcend, and Kingston, I found that they're ALL ABSOLUTE GARBAGE.
As you can see in the Amazon Reviews, even the most expensive USB drives from top brands are either very SLOW or outright FAKE. Even those that average 4+ stars are rated poorly by people who transfer large files or otherwise actually test the speed against what's advertised.
However, you can get MicroSD cards have a verified rating (such as U-I, V30, V60, V90) which refers not to a theoretical "maximum" speed, but rather a guaranteed minimum / worst performance speed.