Purposes of making a bootable USB stick
Nowadays, computer users might need to create a bootable USB stick on Windows 10/8/7 for the following purposes.
1. Clean install Windows operating system much faster than using installation DVD or CD, or upgrade Windows 10/8/7 more conveniently.
2. Perform such tasks that need to be done under Windows PE mode like formatting system partition, boot partition or recovery partition.
3. When the Windows crashes and does not start successfully, users can access the Advanced Startup option via bootable USB stick to fix Windows problems.
4. Repartition the hard disk on the computer without any operation system installed.
5. Use the created bootable USB drive to boot computer and partition the hard drive safely.
How to create a bootable USB stick on Windows 10/8/7?
So you might wonder how can you make bootable USB in Windows 10/8/7? Here we will share you with two powerful options.
Option 1. Using Command Prompt (a little complicated)
First of all, we would like to go through how to make a bootable USB drive via Command Prompt (Diskpart). Before that, please ensure the USB drive, which is used as the bootable media, is clean without any important data, since the process will format it. Or you can back up files on it in advance. If everything is OK, you can start making the bootable USB drive via Diskpart. To do so, take these steps:
Step 1. Open Command Prompt windows: click “Start” button, input “cmd” in the Search box and press “Enter”. Right click the “Command Prompt” icon and select “Run as administrator”.
Step 2. In the pop-out Command Prompt window, type “diskpart” and press “Enter” to launch Diskpart utility. Inside the Diskpart window, input the following commands in turn and press “Enter” after each one.
list disk: this command displays all the disks on the computer.
select disk #: where # is the drive number or drive letter of the USB drive.
clean: this command deletes all data from the USB drive.
create partition primary: create a new primary partition on the USB drive.
select partition 1: select the partition that you just created.
format fs=ntfs quick (if you plan to create UEFI bootable USB using Diskpart, type “format fs=fat32 quick” instead to format it into FAT32 file system)
Last but not least, when you finish preparing your custom image, save it to the root of the USB flash drive.
Option 2. Using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard (Much Easier)
Even though skilled computer users prefer creating a bootable USB stick on Windows via CMD, for novice users, a third-party tool is a better choice. Of all the available bootable USB drive makers, the free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is highly recommended for Windows 10,8,8.1, 7 and Windows XP/Vista users.
Compared with Command Prompt, it is much easier to operate with an intuitive interface. Besides, it does not require any ISO images. Moreover, you can use all functions of AOMEI partition software in this bootable CD drive, such as rebuilding MBR, changing partition size without losing data, copying partition to another hard drive, etc .
Now you can free download it and learn how to create a bootable USB stick on Windows 10/8/7.
Step 1. Connect the USB drive to a Windows computer, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. In the main interface, click “Make Bootable Media” in the left pane. Then the Make Bootable Media wizard will be triggered, click “Next”.
Step 2. In this window, choose “USB Boot Device”, click “Proceed” to go on.
Step 3. Then you will get a piece of information that the USB will be formatted, please back up important data. If you have done that, click “Yes”.
Step 4. Then wait for the process to be completed.
With AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, you can create a bootable USB stick on Windows 10/8/7 in less steps than Command Prompt. In addition, you can even create bootable USB with current system after upgrading to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.