Create a bootable flash drive for installing Windows

To install Windows 10 Education Edition from IUware, or if you have a Windows 8.x or 7 installation disk but do not have an optical (CD/DVD) drive on your computer, you can create a bootable flash drive for the installation.

Following the instructions below, you will download a Windows image (a .iso file containing all the files needed to install Windows), and then use a special application that writes the image to a USB drive and makes the USB drive bootable. (You cannot simply copy the image file to a USB drive; you must use special software to write it properly.)

Note:
On a Windows computer, you can use either a tool from Microsoft, or the Rufus software; using the Microsoft tool is generally simpler, while Rufus has some additional features.

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What you'll need

To complete the process, you'll need:

  • A Windows or macOS computer connected to the internet.
    Note:
    On a Windows computer, you must have administrator privileges.
  • A flash drive with at least 4 GB of space
    Warning:
    The process described below will delete any data currently on your flash drive. Make sure to back up your flash drive's data to another storage location before proceeding.
  • A valid product key that came with your Windows software. For Windows 10, this will be available on IUWare. For Windows 8.x or 7, this will be on the disc you purchased from IU.

Insert your flash drive before beginning.

Create a bootable installation flash drive for Windows 10 Education Edition

These instructions use a more updated and secure version of Windows 10 Education than that available on IUware; however, you will still need to visit IUware to get the product key.

  1. Go to the IUware Windows 10 Education page, and then select either the 32-bit or 64-bit version. Review and accept the terms, and then click Get product key. Copy the product key to use later.
  2. Download and run the Academic Media Creation Tool. Accept the license terms, enter the product key, and then click Next.
  3. To have the Microsoft tool create your bootable flash drive, make sure your flash drive is plugged in, select USB flash drive, and click Next.

    To use Rufus, select ISO file and click Next. This will save the .iso file to your computer; then, to use Rufus and your .iso file to create a bootable installation flash drive, follow the directions below.

Create a bootable installation flash drive for Windows 8.1

Note:
Because Windows 8 is no longer supported, you must create a Windows 8.1 bootable flash drive and upgrade to Windows 8.1.
  1. Go to Microsoft's Download Windows 8.1 page.
  2. Download and run the Install Windows 8.1 tool. Accept the license terms. Enter the Windows 8.x product key from your disc, and then click Next.
  3. To have the Microsoft tool create your bootable flash drive, make sure your flash drive is plugged in, select USB flash drive, and click Next.

    To use Rufus, select ISO file and click Next. This will save the .iso file to your computer; then, to use Rufus and your .iso file to create a bootable installation flash drive, follow the directions below.

Create a bootable installation flash drive for Windows 7

At IU, you have two options for creating a bootable installation flash drive:

  • UITS will create a bootable installation flash drive for you at the IUB or IUPUI Support Center walk-in locations; bring a blank flash drive with at least 4 GB of storage.
  • If you are unable to visit a walk-in location or would prefer to work with the .iso file yourself, you can download the Windows 7 .iso from Microsoft's Download Windows 7 Disc Images (ISO Files) page, and then create the bootable flash drive with either the Windows USB/DVD tool or Rufus.

You can now use the .iso file to create a Windows 7 Ultimate bootable installation flash drive using either a Windows tool or Rufus. To use the Windows tool:

Note:
This method formats the flash drive using the NTFS file system, which is incompatible with UEFI (secure boot).
  1. Download and install the Windows USB/DVD Download tool.
  2. Open the Windows USB/DVD Download tool.
  3. When prompted, browse to your .iso file, select it, and click Next.
  4. When asked to select the media type for your backup, make sure your flash drive is plugged in, and then choose USB device.

    You may be prompted to insert the USB device even if the flash drive is already inserted. Ignore this, and choose the USB device you'll be writing to.

  5. Click Begin Copying. If prompted, confirm that you wish to erase the flash disk.
  6. The .iso files will start copying to the flash drive (the process can take several minutes). When finished, close the wizard and eject and remove the flash drive.

To use Rufus to create the bootable drive, follow the directions at Use Rufus to write an .iso file to write this file to your flash drive.

Use Rufus to write an .iso file

  1. Download Rufus. Rufus is a standalone program and does not require installation.
  2. Open the Rufus program from where you downloaded it to run it.
  3. Select Create a bootable disk using and choose ISO Image from the drop-down menu. Click the disc icon and browse to your Windows .iso file and select it.
  4. To ensure the flash drive is compatible with UEFI, select FAT32 for "File System".
  5. To create the flash drive with the "Press any key to boot from USB" prompt, select the Create extended label and icon files option.
  6. When you are done selecting options, click Start When prompted, confirm that you want to erase the flash disk.
  7. The .iso files will start copying to the flash drive (the process can take several minutes). When Rufus is done, close the program and eject and remove the flash drive.

Create a bootable installation flash drive on an macOS computer

Note:
In macOS, the option to create a Windows flash drive appears only when the computer does not have an optical drive. If your Mac has an optical drive, the option will be either missing or grayed out.
  1. From the Finder, open the Applications folder, and then Utilities.
  2. Open the Boot Camp Assistant, and then click Continue. The next screen should give you a list of options.
  3. UITS recommends making the USB drive installer first. You don't need to install Windows or download the support software at this time, as it will be easier to do both later. To proceed:
    1. Verify that the USB drive you will be writing to is plugged in.
    2. Uncheck the Install Windows 7 or later version and Download the latest Windows support software from Apple options.
    3. Check Create a Windows 7 or later install disk and click Continue.
  4. Your USB drive should be listed in the "Destination disk" area. Use choose to browse to your .iso file; after selecting it, click Continue.
  5. If prompted, confirm your action and/or provide an administrator's password. The process of writing the .iso file to the USB drive can take 20 minutes or longer.

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Last modified on 2018-05-14 12:32:04.

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