How to create a windows 10 bootable usb

Last Updated: Mar 4, 2024 by

If you need to install Windows 10 on a new computer or want to upgrade your current operating system, creating a bootable USB drive is a convenient and efficient way to do so. This guide will walk you through the steps of creating a Windows 10 bootable USB drive on a Mac computer.

What You Will Need

Before you begin, make sure you have the following items:

  • A USB drive with at least 8GB of storage
  • A Mac computer running OS X Yosemite or later
  • A Windows 10 ISO file (can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website)

Step 1: Format the USB Drive

The first step is to format your USB drive to be compatible with both Mac and Windows. To do this, open the Disk Utility on your Mac and select the USB drive from the list of devices. Then, click on the “Erase” tab and choose “MS-DOS (FAT)” as the format. Click “Erase” to format the drive.

Step 2: Download and Install UNetbootin

Next, you will need to download and install UNetbootin, a free software that allows you to create bootable USB drives. Once it is installed, open the application.

Step 3: Select the Windows 10 ISO File

In UNetbootin, select “Diskimage” and then click on the “…” button to browse for the Windows 10 ISO file you downloaded earlier. Once you have selected the file, click “Open.”

Step 4: Choose the USB Drive

In the “Type” dropdown menu, select “USB Drive” and make sure the correct drive is selected in the “Drive” dropdown menu. Then, click “OK” to begin the process of creating the bootable USB drive.

Step 5: Wait for the Process to Finish

The process of creating the bootable USB drive may take a few minutes, so be patient. Once it is finished, you will see a message saying “Installation Complete.”

Step 6: Eject the USB Drive

Before removing the USB drive, make sure to properly eject it from your computer. To do this, go to the Finder and right-click on the USB drive. Then, select “Eject” from the dropdown menu.

Step 7: Boot from the USB Drive

Now that your bootable USB drive is ready, you can use it to install or upgrade to Windows 10. To do this, insert the USB drive into the computer you want to install Windows 10 on and restart the computer. As the computer is booting up, press the key that will take you to the boot menu (usually F12 or Esc). From the boot menu, select the USB drive as the boot device and follow the prompts to install Windows 10.


Creating a Windows 10 bootable USB drive on a Mac is a simple process that can save you time and hassle. With this guide, you can easily create a bootable USB drive and install or upgrade to Windows 10 on any computer. Have you tried this method? Let us know in the comments.

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